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The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story

Michael Winship | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.

The Collectivist Mentality

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Under the collectivist philosophy, the individual has no independent existence or value. He is merely one of many indistinguishable, disposable cells within the "social organism." It is the group that has primacy.

Who Is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The so-called "Libertarian" battle cry of "liberty" and "freedom" through "personal responsibility" sounds wonderful on the surface, but we have to ask ourselves as individuals and as a nation, what do they really mean by and what are the costs of this alleged "liberty" and "freedom"?

Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped f...

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

Ayn Rand Was Consistent

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

She was an individualist and an atheist. Notice what I am NOT saying: I am not saying that an atheist is necessarily an individualist. In truth I am aware of more atheists who are collectivists than individualists.

Romney, Ryan, Rand: The Republican Trinity

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

By choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has not only accepted the Wisconsin conservative's baggage, but also refocused the political conversation and exposed himself as a champion of unfettered individualism.

It's the Tea Party People Who Are the Parasites

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Tea Party will defend to the death -- perhaps literally -- their right to be bankrupt and ill in an entirely privatized system of health care.

Could Culture Emerge Out of a God Who Evolves?

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

If God evolves, then should we accept the responsibility that our culture might need to evolve as well? Maybe humanity has something to add to the conversation of our perpetual development.

Books: Collectivism, Capitalism, and Propaganda in the New York Times Book Review

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Agin

The choice of conservative Josef Joffe to review a new liberal anti-capitalism book by Tony Judt was an unfortunate and silly decision by the New York Times.

'Empathic Civilization' Excerpt: Homo-Empathicus, The Big Story That Historians Missed

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is an excerpt from the HuffPost book club pick for February, Jeremy Rifkin's "The Empathic Civilization". Historians, by and large, wri...

Why Individualists Are More Vulnerable to Dictatorship

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

After the Olympics last fall David Brooks wrote a thoughtful article comparing individualism and collectivism. He cited studies showing that individu...