Editorial

  • FREED Technology – Economics and Social Good of Decentralization (Mon Feb 19 '18) - In 2001 I started a Peer to Peer (P2P) company, RazorPop, that used the Internet to free media from the control of giant entertainment conglomerates and give the power of choice back to consumers.  Since the late 90s there have been waves of Internet decentralization with terms like P2P, Saas ... Read More
  • Content Needs to be FREED Too (Fri Feb 9 '18) - We all need to show love to content creators, from artists, musicians, and other creatives to business consultants and content producers. By love, I mean money. In the past those channels were limited to mass media (buy a CD or book, listen to radio, pay for a webinar, etc.). The ... Read More
  • Is it too late to stop the virus killing American democracy? (Wed Feb 7 '18) - The Trump-sponsored Nunes memo that alleges an FBI and Justice Department anti-Trump bias represents the latest Republican break with reality when: Their heads were appointed by Trump. The departments are typically staffed by Republicans The FBI influenced the presidential election in Trump's favor with Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails. ... Read More
  • Trump & The Tax Bill, the Present That Keeps Giving (Mon Jan 15 '18) - The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the 'win' that wasn't.  The legislation was promoted with proven lies and failures (trickle down).  It could have been fact-based and middle class-supportive.  Instead it's a donor giveaway that transfers money from the have-nots to the already haves (corporations and the wealthy). ... Read More
  • The Inconvenient Truth (Thu Jan 11 '18) - ... or Where There's Smoke, There's Fire and Fury. David Brooks writes about inconvenient observations and the Michael Wolff book in The Decline of Anti-Trumpism.  A few excerpts follow. First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find ... Read More
  • The Quality of Overcoming (Wed Jan 10 '18) - Once upon a time there was a narcissistic populist who trumpeted his mental stability and intelligence.  He charmed the populace and rose to run a kingdom that was the leader of the world.  He had exquisite tastes and demanded luxury. He ran up extravagant personal bills that were paid by ... Read More
  • Engineering Tribalism (Wed Jan 3 '18) - For the past two years President Trump has revived tribal identity politics with his brand of American nationalism.  After the Presidential race in Nov. 2016  Brendan Nyhan termed it a "Slide", attributed it to Trump's choice of policy, and asked if it was inevitable. This month David Brooks called it ... Read More
  • Is the G.O.P. T.O.X.I.C.? (Thu Dec 28 '17) - I wrote about the hijacking of the Republican party three years ago in Grande Old Party, I Hardly Knew Ye.  Here are a few excerpts: I remember the GOP positively as a teen as the party of economic opportunity. According to Bring Back the Party of Lincoln,  the change in ... Read More
  • Thank you, Trump (Wed Dec 27 '17) - #ThankyouTrump While we all knew Trump's presidency would be a disaster - and it is - there is much to be thankful there.  We only learn when we're tested and the limits are pushed, which they surely have. This isn't politics as usual.  It's a generational aberration.  So we're learning ... Read More
  • U.S. Economic Slavery Worsens (Thu Dec 14 '17) - I penned the article on the Civil War below four years ago.   I asked when will we 'make the US great again?'  and return to economic equality and a strong middle class. Today little has changed.  Trump took that phrase for his own slogan.  His version of MAGA is a ... Read More
  • Lyin’ Donald (Thu Dec 7 '17) - ... or The Non-Populist Populist Ross Douthat writes "What’s particularly frustrating is that [the Republican tax bill] didn’t have to be this way".  But isn't that the point?  After almost of year of so-called governance has he not figured how Trump works and the GOP operates? The Republican switch-and-bait that ... Read More
  • A Culture of Lies & The Real Fake News (Fri Dec 1 '17) - No, Lyin' Donald, you did not create the term 'Fake News'.  Your first use is below, while fake news have been a part of politics virtually forever. Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue - FAKE ... Read More
  • The Boy King is Naked (Fri May 26 '17) - "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." Nobody, except everybody else. This is what passes for self-disclosure and nuance for Trump.  An issue that's been a huge controversy for decades, that he willingly accepted as President, and that he promised to have a solution for.  And he's now finding ... Read More
  • The Abyss Widens (Tue Apr 25 '17) - Post-modern civilization is threatened. In the absence of global wars  the inevitable ups and down of civilization are economic.  And the the rich have been more than ready to play.  Unrestrained capitalism has corrupted the political system and created an abyss between the haves and have-nots in both Europe and ... Read More
  • Whose World Do You Want To Live In? (Wed Mar 8 '17) - I want to tell you a story. You've been hearing it for the past two years.  It's about darkness, fear, and despair.   The world is collapsing.  Our borders let in murderers and rapists.  Muslims are killing the Americans left alive.  Women, minorities, and non-Christians get preferred treatment over white ... Read More
  • Make American great again … again (Wed Mar 8 '17) - The past 50 years have seen more innovation than the rest of the entire 200,000 million year history of modern man.  The tidal wave of change has finally caught up to society. The world is in flux. Media has exploded. The election of a TV celebrity to President shows the ... Read More
  • Never Again (Wed Mar 1 '17) - By Marc Freedman The Jews know a few things about being FREED. I'm Jewish. We have a special sensitivity to oppression that's virtually imprinted on us at a genetic level. We are all immigrants. Trump said 'Never again' at the Holocaust Remembrance Day.  But in his Orwellian doublethink pay attention ... Read More
  • Grande Old Party, I Hardly Knew Ye (Sat Sep 6 '14) - I’m not a history buff.  But I do love a good story that’s rooted in fact and not the typical hero worship, half-truths, and fiction written by the winners or current incumbents. One mystery is what happened to the Republican party.   I remember them positively as a teen (yes, in ... Read More
  • Balance, not Bluster: Free market ideology is anti-science (Mon Sep 10 '12) - Research from the University of Western Australia sheds light on the irrationality of extremism, typified by the far right of the Republican party in the U.S. The data is from a survey called  NASA faked the moon landing|Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of ... Read More
  • Corpocracy: Corporate Class Warfare (Sun Jul 8 '12) - Bob Cringely writes IT class warfare – It’s not just IBM. The essay embraces the complexity, nuance, and global dimensions of the self-destruction of the IT industry. He writes primarily to speak to the legions of unemployed older and previously well-paid U.S. IT professionals. But the ills discussed don’t just ... Read More