Ideas

Which Economic/Political System Do You Favor?

Posted: 04.04.2019

 

Political discussions often get embroiled in argument because of the varying views held about the names and meaning of different economic/political systems.  Recently U.S. President Donald Trump said, “We are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country.”   U.S. Vice President Michael Pence added more.  “Under the guise of Medicare for All and a Green […]

 

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Space Can Save the Earth

Posted: 03.21.2019

 

In November, 2018, Democrats won a majority in congress.  For us Democrats, that should have been good news. And it was, up to a point.    For those of us  Democrats who believe that the future is in space, there was a problem.  People like Bernie Sanders—the most influential formulator of policy in the Democratic […]

 

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Let Us Fix Our Declining American Democracy

Posted: 02.21.2019

 

No democracy is perfect.  Some democracies work better than others.  Swiss democracy works well.  Canada’s democracy works pretty well.  American democracy has fallen on hard times.   The Economist Intelligence Unit each year publishes the Democracy Index.[i]  The index distinguishes four categories of democracy: full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regimes, and authoritarian regimes.  The five […]

 

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SPECIAL NOTICE FOR SUBSCRIBERS WHO LIVE IN THE SARASOTA-BRADENTON AREA.

Posted: 02.14.2019

 

The Sarasota Institute is putting on three free presentations to the community of Sarasota-Bradenton.  These are to introduce the larger community to the goals and visions of The Sarasota Institute.  We will explain how the Institute was formed and our plans for the future.    Here is the information for the three free presentations:   […]

 

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Should a Democratic Society Aim to Maximize the Citizens’ Happiness or Well-Being?

Posted: 01.10.2019

 

  Today, most nations judge their yearly progress by the measure called Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This measure captures the dollar value of all the goods produced by its businesses, and as we have written about previously at The Sarasota Institute, the concept of GDP needs to be scrapped or revised. The assumption is that […]

 

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