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The Revolution...Sorry, Transformation Starts Now!

(120) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 10:24 AM

I predict the Naked Power Grab by the Republican party in Wisconsin will go down in history as the second "shot heard 'round the world" which began the second American Revolution. Except, if the Progressive Movement in America really wants to win this Revolution, it will not launch...

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In Dealing With Blackmailers, We Can Help You, Mr. President

(92) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 6:21 AM

Mr. President, last night you admitted to being forced by the Republicans to accept another two years of the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy even though you know those tax cuts aren't fair morally and aren't sound economically. All this so you could get 13 months...

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Educating a Nation: A Job for Real Superheroes (VIDEO)

(15) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 9:27 AM

[2:50pm Sunday: Please see addendum regarding farm and factory workers at the end.]

"I stand for truth, justice, and the American way" -- Superman

In my review of Waiting for 'Superman', I pointed out that the film omitted any discussion of what type of educational system should replace...

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Waiting For "Superman" and How Design Thinking Can Make Us the Superheroes We've Been Waiting for

(34) Comments | Posted October 9, 2010 | 6:01 AM

Note to the reader: The crisis in America's education system is such a huge threat to our country that I have written a long (think Frank Rich) response to Waiting For "Superman". I have tremendous respect for the film makers -- one of whom I've had the opportunity to interact...

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What Have We Learned Since 9/11? "It's the Process, Stupid!"

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2010 | 2:21 PM

I originally published the essay below on September 12, 2007. In reviewing it this morning, I was struck by how much focus I placed on process (as did John Dean in his, at the time, new book) and how little focus John Kerry's people (in the 2004 election...

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Did BP Just Blow Up The Obama Presidency?

(408) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 1:06 AM

(See late Saturday Evening, Sept 4, UPDATE below)

Forget about the new oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The big breaking news is BP's attempt to leverage its promised $20 billion Gulf Restoration Fund to get the US government to let it keep drilling...

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Progressives Deserve to Be Worried About the Obama Administration

(781) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 10:04 PM

Please see TWO UPDATES at the end. The first is my reflection on 640 comments as of 1:30am Sunday NYC time. The second is the beginning of an answer to the questions "How can this virus be eliminated?" and "How do we get Pres. Obama to see this threat and...

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Reinventing Repower America: Our Only Hope for Winning the Climate Change Battle in America

(55) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 4:21 AM

Last night I was privileged to get to listen in on the special "What do we do now?' Town Hall phone call organized by Repower America, Al Gore's organization for promoting global climate change legislation in America.

If you go to the post-call discussion board, you...

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What President Obama Should Do With Gen. McChrystal

(116) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 7:20 PM

The lack of respect for civilian authority demonstrated by General McChrystal and his staff - on the record and over an extended period of time - is, in my opinion, all the justification President Obama needs to fire General McChrystal.

However, I believe this behavior is symptomatic of a larger...

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How to Do It: An Open Letter to President Obama

(116) Comments | Posted June 20, 2010 | 7:08 AM

UPDATED Sunday at 7pm Eastern to show the existing "Visons For Tomorrow" initiative that can potentially be the foundation for the educational effort I propose.

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this letter as someone who (full transparency) actively supported your candidacy with both my time and...

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Wall Street Is Suicidal. It's Time to Focus on Those Who Aren't

(29) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 9:39 PM

The debate over whether the DOW dropped Thursday because of Greece or because someone pushed "billion" rather than "million" in trading Proctor & Gamble stock doesn't matter.

What does is the market's response to bad news, whether that news is real or an accident.

Our Suicidal Market

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The Death of Goldman Sachs

(133) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 7:58 PM

See 8:30pm Eastern Tuesday and 1:00 am and 9:45am Eastern Wednesday and 1:45am Thursday and 2:15pm Eastern Friday Updates Below:

I saw something die today. It didn't die accidentally either. It was killed.

This was a very painful event to watch, not just because death is tragic and not...

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Dear Frank Rich: Wall Street Reform is an International Opportunity

(16) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 2:42 PM

In "Fight On Goldman Sachs!," Frank Rich describes the prospect that President Obama and Congress will re-regulate Wall Street by saying...

Even if the reform bill does bring stringent regulation to derivatives -- a big if -- that won't rectify capitalism's worst "innovation" in our own Gilded Age:...
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Wall Street, Nuclear Weapons, MLK Jr., and the Road From Ruin

(18) Comments | Posted April 11, 2010 | 10:32 PM

This week, the stock market flirted with the 11,000 mark and the AP reported that "Unemployment rates fell or remained unchanged in two-thirds of the 372 largest U.S. metro areas in February".

From this news, you'd think America has turned the corner and is on the...

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Can Tom Peters Help Us Find Excellence In An America That Needs To Re-Set Its Thinking?

(18) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 1:03 PM

Do Our Leaders Know What Needs Doing?

Speaking of those managers who (while meaning to do well) destroy their corporations by following disastrous strategies, management pioneer W. Edwards Deming would sum up this paradox by saying "How could they know?"

Dr. Deming was referring to management's ignorance... it's...

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The Road From Ruin: Why We Are In The Driver's Seat

(23) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 8:49 AM

I attended the NYC book launch party for The Road From Ruin last week. And now I see that Arianna has chosen The Road From Ruin as the HuffPost's book of the month.

I am really happy she did, because the authors -- Matthew Bishop and Michael Green...

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Beyond Krugman's "And That's Just the Way It Is"

(333) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 4:06 AM

See Saturday Morning Update At The End Of This Post
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Paul Krugman has written an otherwise excellent essay entitled "Senator Bunning's Universe," in which he describes the totally different universes in which America's two major political parties now live.

I say "otherwise excellent essay" because -...

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The United Corporate States Of America

(109) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 11:42 AM

(See Feb 2nd Update, below)

In last Thursday night's Special Comment about The Supreme Court's decision, that's what Keith Olbermann said America will become. (If you missed seeing his Special Comment, the video is at the end of this essay.)

The United Corporate States Of America.

It's a pretty...

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How Budget Cuts at the Times Helped Give NYC Bloomberg III

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 10:52 AM

Bloomberg (the Business) Conquers The World

I was struck on Saturday by the New York Times' long (nearly 3,000 word) article entitled "At Bloomberg, Modest Strategy to Rule the World".

Some choice excerpts:

...the data behemoth that Michael R. Bloomberg created and named after himself in...

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Russell Ackoff, "Einstein of Problem Solving," Has Died

(34) Comments | Posted November 1, 2009 | 4:58 AM

The world lost a very great man this past Thursday. So great, in fact, that the only person I can compare him to is Einstein. And that's because this man - Russell L. Ackoff, Professor Emeritus of The Wharton School - transformed the world of problem solving just as...

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