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Confucius Says

If the leaders desire what is good, the people will become good also.  –Confucius Some people doubt if Confucianism is a religion.  Confucius never talked about a god; he didn’t discuss the afterlife.  His sole interest was establishing what he called The Mandate of Heaven upon the earth.  He envisioned a perfect society, without crime, […]

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And In This Corner. . .

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be treated to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  Political bloviation and professional hypocrisy will reach excruciating heights, and then we’ll elect a president nine weeks later.  Or maybe I should say the Electoral College will select one in December. Whoever chooses the guy, all […]

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The Limits of Occupying Wall Street

I’ve been trying to decide what I think about the Occupy Wall Street crowd camped out in New York City’s Zucotti Park.  I came of age in the late Sixties, and they remind me a little of that time—a disparate bunch, loosely organized around a sense of injustice, with more than a few joining in […]

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One Nation Under God- Part 2

While courts may view the phrase one nation under God with some skepticism, the American people do not.  An amazing eighty-five percent of us believe the sentiment belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance.  That’s a degree of unanimity Americans share about very few things, and it makes me wonder if people have thought this through. […]

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One Nation Under God- Part 1

A billboard caught my attention today.  Squeezed between signs for a real estate agency and a casino, there was one with white block letters superimposed over an American flag.  It declared ONE NATION UNDER GOD to everyone passing east on Route 23. I immediately wondered what it meant.  Who put it there and paid for […]

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Jesus Didn’t Work At Goldman-Sachs

In 2008, at the height of the banking crisis, Lloyd Blankfein attended a meeting with government officials about the insurance giant AIG.  As chairman of Goldman-Sachs, he presided over the purchase of insurance on investments the bank knew would go bad.  Along with other banks who did the same thing, they drove AIG, the world’s […]

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