Month: October 2017

The Aristocracy of Citizenship: How Different is the Nation State System from Apartheid?

It’s now been a little over 20 years since the end of apartheid. From this distance and looking at South Africa from the United States, it’s a simple matter to understand. White South Africans were racist. They built a racist system. Racism is bad. Now, apartheid is gone. South Africa has a black President. Hurray! There is no more apartheid. And yet, it wasn’t until I went to South Africa these past two weeks that I even thought to ask WHY white South Africans built the apartheid system. As I found out at breakfast with Roman Cabanac, the co-host...

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It’s Not So Silly To Be Chilly

Written by Lance Mann Growing up, the book The Penguin That Hated the Cold by Barbara Brenner, played a big role in my life. At the time, I could not agree more with Pablo the Penguin’s statement, “it’s silly to be chilly”. That all changed when I got into an ice bath for the first time. I was so cold it was impossible to think of anything other than how cold it was. That, and not dying! Enduring extreme cold for even short periods of time is an intense experience. So people ask me: The feelings you experience after...

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Change In Warp Speed: On Acceptance and Civil Liberties In Our Time

It’s 1972 in America: “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”, by Roberta Flack, tops the Billboard chart, The Godfather is released in cinemas, the Watergate scandal rocks the nation, the immaculate reception gives the Pittsburgh Steelers their first ever playoff win, and homosexuality can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association as a mental illness. To be sure, America has seen tremendous change in the last forty-four years. Perhaps none more surprising than the stark reversal in public opinion on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In fact, in 1972, a...

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Mixed Mental Artist @wokecentrist Breaks Down Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell, an economist and political theorist wrote a book in 2005 called Black Rednecks and White Liberals, which delved deep into dispelling misconceptions about African Americans, Jews, Germans, slavery and education.  He looks into the development of black culture and the white liberals whose policies are inadvertently halting progress.   There is an essay which goes into what he calls “middlemen minorities” which have historically received the brunt of attempted genocide and discriminatory practices.  He re-examined the history of slavery as well as Germans and Nazism.  A critical eye is placed on Black education’s promising beginnings and its present...

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Attention Economy: What Price Do We All Pay for Justin Bieber’s Cult of Personality?

Everyone wants attention.  The individual family provides a beautiful microcosm for thinking about the dynamics of the “Attention Economy.”  Kids compete for their parents’ attention, and video games, movies, music, and social media compete for the kids’ attention.  School books very often lose out in the competition for attention.  While mom is exhausted by having to give everyone else her complete attention, her needs (attention) often fall by the wayside.  She needs more of her attention for herself.  It’s an underappreciated fact that economics comes from the Greek words oikos (house) and nomos (managing).  Home economics is a redundant...

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