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The Oil Hemorrhage in the Progressive Narrative

The Oil Hemorrhage in the Progressive Narrative
Old Mole Variety Hour, June 7, 2010
            The gulf oil disaster – which should be called a “hemorrhage”, not a “spill” – ought to repeal faith in the wisdom of unregulated markets.   Like the financial crisis that has derailed so many lives and careers, the hemorrhage of oil from the sea bed is the result of policies and practices that might have seemed reasonable if you believed that our nation is suffering from excessive

Living in Disastrous Times

May 10, 2010
            There are two kinds of disasters. There are the fast, sudden disasters that are visible in real time and pile up bodies and rubble or flooded buildings in the blink of an eye, and that are captured in spectacular TV footage and heart-wrenching stories of heroic rescuers and personal loss.

Not Enough Jobs?


The Supreme Court and Corporate Speech


Clayton Morgareidge for the Old Mole Variety Hour

Terrorism: Motive & Solidarity


Clayton Morgareidge, for the Old Mole Variety Hour, January 4, 2010

 In a violent world, where violence provokes more violence, there are enemies everywhere. Powerful nations create enemies among the less powerful and among their people. Thus our war on, and of, terror. 

There are two very different ways of thinking about our enemies – about people who want to do us in. One way is the way we treat garden pests: figure out how to identify them and then how to either fence them out or destroy them. In the case of human enemies, we can also hope that our methods inspire enough fear to deter them from doing what they want to do. This approach is energized by hatred because killing people comes more easily to us if we hate those we are killing. Then our killing is a natural part of how we feel – angry and afraid.   We don’t have to understand the motives of our enemies: it’s enough to call them evil or crazy. 

Is Hell Other People?



Obama’s Dilemmas



Getting Over Death

Getting Over Death
Clayton Morgareidge for the Old Mole Variety Hour, August 24, 2009
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An Illusion about Taxes

 Clayton Morgareidge, for the Old Mole Variety Hour, July 20, 2009

A Society of Exclusion

What draws people into a politics of hatred – not just the killers who have made the news lately in Witchita and at the Holocaust Museum, but all those whose primary political motive is hostility against cultures and ethnicities different from their own?

Let’s approach this question by going back to basics: What do human beings really want? If we knew that, we might know what people are really after when they do crazy things, and perhaps we would know what to do about it.

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