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Alan Krinsky
Alan Krinsky is a writer and healthcare analyst. From 2007 through the end of 2010, he penned a monthly column, “Not Alone,” for the Rhode Island Jewish Voice & Herald, and he is currently working on a book addressing Theism, Atheism, Rationality, Morality, and Spirituality. His work has been published in The Providence Journal and the on-line version of The Forward.

In 2006, he earned a Masters in Public Health from Brown University, with a thesis on the measurement of comprehensive, quality diabetes care. He completed a PhD in History and the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, with a dissertation entitled “Let Them Eat Horsemeat!: Science, Philanthropy, State, and the Search for Complete Nutrition in Nineteenth-Century France.” His MA in History from Wisconsin focused on “Nazism as a Secular Religion.” He has taught courses on “Critical Thinking” and “Culture & Food” to culinary students at Johnson & Wales University. Throughout his education and professional work, he has maintained a strong interest in systems and systems change.

Entries by Alan Krinsky

The Piano Man and Nostalgia: On Listening to the Words We Sing

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Growing up on Long Island in the 1970s, my rock and roll musical awareness was limited to the Beatles and Billy Joel. My parents listened to some classical music, and the Carpenters seemed to own the 8-track tape player in the station wagon (the one with the rearward facing back...

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A Four-party System for the U.S.

(160) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Pundits often point to ideological extremism as a cause, if not the cause, of the dysfunction currently paralyzing our political system, especially as it manifests in the chambers of government in Washington, D.C. The ideological base, the party faithful now wield too much power, particularly in promoting the most extreme...

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Taxing and Spending: A Conservative Challenge and a Liberal Response

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 11:01 AM

I have come to realize that Liberals (among whom I count myself) generally have a flawed understanding of Conservative attitudes towards taxing and spending. The mistake, I would suggest, is to focus on the first of these, the taxing. Instead, the spending is the key to understanding Conservative opposition to...

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A Consideration of the Libertarian Party Platform: Part 1

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 3:27 PM

As a Libertarian-turned-Progressive, I nevertheless remain intrigued by Libertarian philosophy. Therefore, I thought it might be of some value to undertake a serious consideration and analysis of Libertarian principles. Is it philosophically coherent? Does it make unwarranted assumption or logical errors? And where better to begin than with the official...

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It Began With Ayn Rand

(911) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 3:14 PM

Sometime in the 1980s, my cousin Marc gave me a book called It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, by Jerome Tuccille. At the time in spoke to me: an adolescent enamored by Rand's fiction and philosophy, yet ready for something more. For the author and for my cousin, the adult...

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Progressives in Middle Eastern Exile?

(43) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 10:13 PM

You are a progressive, and you have been arrested and are being expelled from your country. You are brought to the airport, and given just one minute to decide upon your destination, your country of exile. There is a catch, however. You must choose from one of the following...

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Why Do Progressives Favor Regulation -- and Should We?

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 2:15 PM

One of the key differences between Progressives and Conservatives is their attitudes about government regulation. The former tend to favor it, the latter to oppose it. Why? And might Progressives benefit from gaining an understanding of Conservative opposition to such regulation, whether in healthcare, education, and taxation?


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8 Reasons Leftists Should be Pro-Israel

(474) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 6:55 PM

Israel continues to be the demon poster-child of the Left. The prime example of a repressive regime and abuser of human rights. On the Left, people became outraged and agitated over Israel more than over any other cause. Israel's supposed villainy will bring out protestors on cold, rainy days in...

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What Do We Do When Freedom Undermines Freedom?

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 10:58 PM

In a free society, what do we do when the full expression or fulfillment of a core principle results in its own undermining or destruction?

For instance, what if someone uses the free market to gain a monopoly or otherwise suppress the free market? Or builds institutions too big to...

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Perverse Incentives in Healthcare

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 11:44 PM

A study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery reveals once again our healthcare system's perverse incentives.

The authors, from the Yale University School of Medicine, investigated the treatment of newborns with congenital anomalies. Drs. Loren Berman, Marjorie S. Rosenthal, and R. Lawrence Moss wanted to know if such...

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A Modest Proposal to Eliminate the Public Option From Our Policing System

(29) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 7:06 PM

For too long in our nation, we have maintained a universal, single-payer policing system.

As a freedom-loving citizen, I want to see policing returned to the private sector, because we know government does not do much of anything well. And why should the government have the right to tell...

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Rational Theists and Rational Atheists of the World, Unite!

(709) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 9:33 AM

Rationality and hope possess the potential to bring Atheists and Theists together to better our world. The New Atheists -- Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, and company -- miss something simple yet profound in their polemical attacks on Theists: the mystery of existence itself. We must start with this basic fact...

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