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  1. Loss of Reason

    by , 04-21-2021 at 09:06 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was thinking about the decrease of rational thinking that has been apparent in public discourse in America in recent years. Thinking about the time period and other things that were going one made me wonder if there was a relationship between decreased logic in public discourse and the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill. Did the fact that the mentally ill no longer were kept away from the general population suggest that irrationality was acceptable? I am hesitant about writing this, because ...
  2. Rationale for State Socialism

    by , 04-08-2021 at 03:41 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    For years, various people have been trying to persuade the American people to adopt socialism, but there have always been problems, until recently, when we have seen exactly how government succeeds in the distribution of goods. Specifically, I mean the distribution of vaccine against Cov-SARS 2, AKA the Covid 19 vaccine.

    To ensure fairness and efficiency in the distribution, the federal government took it upon itself to oversee the distribution and delegated the states to handle ...
  3. Freedom to Succeed

    by , 03-15-2021 at 08:26 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I have written about equality before the law in the past, but there are other varieties of equality, and I was just thinking about equality of wealth. That was because I saw something about Lizzie Warren's idea for a wealth tax.

    It seems that she and some others think that everyone should have equal wealth. That may seem nice in theory, but it never has worked in practice. But I can understand why some people are unhappy that there are people as wealthy as Bezos and Gates in a country ...
  4. Edicts versus Laws

    by , 02-23-2021 at 05:40 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Edicts versus Laws


    Article II of the U.S. Constitution specifies that the president “faithfully carry out the acts of Congress", and it also mentions that the president carries out foreign policy and is commander in chief of the military, but the constitution does not give the president the power to make law on his own. Regardless of what powers the president has, as of Feb. 2021, there have been 14,014 executive orders made, according to the Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/pres...ecutive-orders ...

    Updated 02-23-2021 at 11:38 PM by PeterL

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  5. Ambiguity

    by , 02-07-2021 at 07:59 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was writing a note about text randomizers to a friend who wasn't acquainted with them, and that reminded me of the ability to recognize ambiguity, cognitive dissonance, and related skills. That reminded me of something that happened a few decades ago, and from there I decided to see how those stacked up, and the whole time, I was thinking about trust, and knowing people, and tolerance for ambiguity.

    It all started in the mid-1950's, when after an afternoon of hard playing in the ...

    Updated 02-07-2021 at 10:58 PM by PeterL

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