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John de Graaf

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Peaceful Revolution: Irritable Growl Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 4:08 PM

Sure, we've got the Grossest Domestic Product on the planet. But American society is no longer healthy for children and other living things. Consider that in 1980, people in only ten other countries lived longer than we do. Now, people in 45 other countries live longer. Consider that if you...

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A Peaceful Revolution: Are Britain's Tories More Progressive Than U.S. Democrats?

(10) Comments | Posted November 27, 2007 | 10:13 AM

Sometimes the case for progressive change comes from surprising quarters. Though few in the United States have even heard of it, a new policy plan, Blueprint for a Green Economy, released by--believe it or not--the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, is a perfect example. It may also be a...

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A Peaceful Revolution: What's the Economy For, Anyway?

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2007 | 1:43 PM

Thomas Pynchon once wrote that if you can get people to ask the wrong questions, you don't have to worry about the answers. In some ways, American conservatives have been masters of that. "Wouldn't you like a tax cut?' "Do you trust the government?" "Can't you spend your money better...

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A Peaceful Revolution: The Last Summer (Without a Vacation)

(11) Comments | Posted September 13, 2007 | 10:53 AM

It's Labor Day, and the headline in The Seattle Times caught my eye immediately: "We Work Hard -- U.S. at the Top in Productivity." The article explained that the most recent International Labor Organization report confirmed what most of us take for granted -- U.S. workers produce more per capita...

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