Ideas

The Rise of Anti-Consumerism

Posted: 07.09.2019

 

The American culture is very comfortable using the words “consumers” and “consumerism.”  If I called my friend a consumer and producer, he would not object.  In his company, he is a producer.  He would say that by producing, he is able to consume.  The more successful he is in producing, the more he would be […]

 

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The Three Economies

Posted: 05.09.2019

 

[ NOTE:  This is a chapter excerpt from David Houle’s latest book, the first of an eBook trilogy entitled “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Crew Manual”.  The subtitle of the first eBook is the name of this chapter, The Three Economies.  All three books are to be priced at $2.99.  Book 1 is […]

 

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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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