Building A New Paradigm: A Podcast Interview With Riane Eisler

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at the Independent Bloggers Alliance.


Adam Smith published the Inquiry Into the Nature and Cases of the Wealth of Nations in 1776 and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels released The Communist Manifesto in 1848. Both publications advocated for economic models, capitalism and socialism respectively, that promised to advance the human condition. Although both paradigms made important contributions during the industrialization era, neither capitalism nor socialism appears equipped to guide humanity in a post-industrial information age economy.

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Tell theTruth: Are You A Liar?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


So when did you first realize our country was led by liars? Was there a particular incident, campaign or speech resulting in an epiphany? Did a cynical role model let you know our country's decision makers could not be trusted to tell the truth?

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So Who Has That Vision Thing?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


So how do you select the candidate you support for President? Is it issues? Hair? Charisma? Perhaps you're persuaded by an impressive resume? Ideology? Is it their religion or ethnicity? A single issue that for you dwarfs any other consideration? And if you're a Democrat or Republican, how do you know when candidate X is the one you support to be your party's nominee? Perhaps you reject both parties completely and prefer nominees of third parties such as the Greens or Libertarians?

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Remembering the Trailblazers: Branch Rickey & Jackie Robinson

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


My first love is baseball. I am a Yankee fan. Please don't snicker. Rooting for the Yankees doesn't make me a bad person. However, as another opening day approaches, I want to acknowledge the cultural importance of two Brooklyn Dodgers: team President Branch Rickey and second baseman Jackie Robinson. This season marks the 60th anniversary of their collaboration to break major league baseball's color barrier.


Baseball is America's enduring pastime. Hence, the game is a snapshot of America's soul. Prior to Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson, baseball was at the forefront of America's institutionalized bigotry. Racism was not stigmatized in that era. Indeed, bigotry was mainstream. Just consider the story of Jimmy Claxton.

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Crusading For Justice & Peace: A Podcast Interview With Activist Marisa Handler

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Marisa Handler lived in South Africa until she was twelve. Both her parents are Jewish liberals and they actively opposed South Africa's racist apartheid system. Their values heavily influenced Handler during her formative years. Perhaps she was destined to become an activist as early as nine years old while attending Camps Bay Primary School in Cape Town.

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Stop the Criminalization of Mental Illness

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Several days ago, I wrote about the prison industrial complex in America that is driven largely by profit motive rather than improving society through rehabilitation or crime reduction. One component of America's incarceration industry is the criminalization of the mentally ill.


An example of this callous ineptitude is former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The November 27th, 2006 edition of the Worcester Business Journal, reported that the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health refused to admit any more patients to its hospitals or units. The drastic action was the direct result of cuts Romney imposed on the agency. Perhaps he did so to burnish his credentials as a fiscal conservate prior to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Does Anyone Care About America's Prison Industrial Complex?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Citizens across the political spectrum are preoccupied by numerous high stakes issues such as Iraq, Afghanistan, corruption, corporatist greed, genocide, global warming and healthcare to name a few. There is also the ongoing rule of an administration subverting the Constitution and undermining our democracy. As a result, some topics of importance have dropped off our radar screens. One subject meriting renewed scrutiny is the prison industrial complex.


The prison industrial complex are entities or organizations that have a stake in construction of correctional facilities, such as prison guard unions, construction companies and vendors specializing in surveillance technology. Just as sectors in the military industrial complex are more concerned with profit than national security, players inside the prison industrial complex are more concerned about making money than actually rehabilitating criminals or reducing crime rates.

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Let's Start Project 2012

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


An office colleague and I have engaged in an ongoing debate about the merits of political bosses from the pre-Watergate era over the current system. We'll call him Buck. Buck's a generation older than me, fought in Vietnam and describes himself as a "political agnostic."


He's not a liberal and politically incorrect is an understatement to describe Buck. Buck is a foul-mouthed renaissance man and delightfully entertaining. He would make a terrific blogger! Buck is vehemently opposed to the policies of the Bush Administration and nostalgic for the era of smoke filled rooms.

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Child Poverty In the Developed World

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


An editorial in the March 12th edition of The Nation, (subscription required) noted that Great Britain and the United States have the worst quality of life in the developed world. They cite statistics in a new Unicef Report entitled, Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries.

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Champagne, the Price of Beer and Presidential Politics

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Campaign 2008 reminds me of something former New York Yankee and member of the baseball Hall of Fame, Yogi Berra once said: "It gets late early around here." The jostling, pandering, fundraising and lying are well underway in both parties for the most wide-open presidential campaign in over a half-century. And it's only February 2007.


Yet as we focus on individual candidates, their platforms, tactics and even how they look in a bathing suit, it's instructive to contemplate what these campaigns say about our culture.

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