Social Democracy is not Socialism, but a mixed economic approach that balances the strengths of capitalism with a deep commitment to social justice. I’ve been flying the flag of the Weimar Republic’s Iron Front a lot lately. If you don’t … Continue reading A New Symbol for Progressive Democracy
One of the first things my parents did when I was born was saddle me with the wrong name: Norris Gilmer Smith, Jr. I hated that name. The Smith part was good, but the rest… I never liked Norris because … Continue reading From Norris to winterSmith: A Long Quest for Identity
The Biden Can’t Beat Trump meme is powerful these days, and it’s an opinion held by some people I have a lot of respect for. But. Look, I hate Biden for all the reasons every sensible progressive does. But it’s … Continue reading Joe Can’t Win! Really? Let’s Review….
I can’t decide what to have them put on my tombstone. Advice? 1: He was a simple country boy. 2: The world ends not with a bang Not even a whimper But with ellipses… 3: He was a blind man … Continue reading Epitaph
I have seven letters after my name, but I often feel as though I’m in desperate need of education. I can’t look at the news without thinking how much I’d benefit from a good history degree, for instance. More and … Continue reading Teach Me Baroque Art History
Jackson Browne has tested positive… Continue reading Please Stay
Sōgi bows before Ikkyū. “Master Dōken rebuked me this morning,” he says. “What did you do this time?” replies Ikkyū. “Nothing. I merely asked why the bird sings in its gilded cage.” Ikkyū sighs. “What was the Master doing?” Sōgi … Continue reading Quantum Enlightenment and the Watched Pot
Visitor to America: Hello! I am new in your country. Can you teach me importants for live here? Me: Visitor to America: OK! Am now leaving! Continue reading New here?
Happy Equinox the Pit. Continue reading Curtain Call: Spring Equinox 2020
Send lawyers, guns, and money
Dad get me out of this
Robert Reich’s analysis is worth a read. Continue reading “For incremental reform, vote Bernie”