The Downside of Democracy (5)
Apr23

The Downside of Democracy (5)

There are so many negative aspects of democracy that it is difficult to focus on one particular problem as being responsible for the failure of democratic elections to produce good government. However, virtually all of the problems with the democratic process result from one aspect that appears to be resistant to correction- the unwillingness of the electorate to study the policies and values of the candidates running for office, to...

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Show Me the Money
Apr15

Show Me the Money

What are the conservative justices on the Supreme Court thinking? First Citizens United and now the McCutcheon ruling. Do they honestly believe that wealthy people’s ability to spend money should be equated with free speech? Don’t they realize the unfair advantage this provides to affluent individuals who have more money to spend on political issues, whether it’s through Super PACs or direct contributions to parties and candidates? Or...

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Mozilla’s CEO and the Right to be Wrong
Apr13

Mozilla’s CEO and the Right to be Wrong

Mozilla’s CEO and the Right to be Wrong By Dick Polman Gay marriage is inevitable — and rightly so, because it’s in sync with a core American value, equality under the law. But another core American value is freedom of expression, and gay marriage supporters need to revere that as well. I say this because last week’s purging of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich — whose head wound up on a pike because he gave a grand to an...

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‘Wages and Gender’ – Continued…
Apr10

‘Wages and Gender’ – Continued…

There has been a lively debate here at TMV on men-women wage inequality. This issue is presently being debated nation-wide with equal vigor. The New York Times had an Editorial Board piece Wednesday on “The Truth about the Pay Gap,” including the oft-cited and “controversial” claim that women on average make 77 cents for every $1 earned by men. Whether it is the “truth and nothing but the truth” or not, will be debated ad...

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Supreme oligarchy
Apr07

Supreme oligarchy

WASHINGTON — An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic. Yes, I said “the Republican majority,” violating a nicety based on the pretense that when people reach the high...

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Putin, Paul Krugman, and our latest President Painter
Apr06

Putin, Paul Krugman, and our latest President Painter

Actually, those “noted” art critics who say George W. Bush’s paintings are good are right. Not all of Bush’s work is good, but he does have genuine talent. One of his portraits shows an egotistical, bloated Putin who’s also unnaturally pale and looks frightened. There’s a lot of truth in that. George W. Bush saw it. Bush was a spoiled, irresponsible, privileged, and embarrassing president but he is...

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