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See all Ten Expected Surprises as published in History News Network, November 20, 2016. Now that may just be too many surprises at once! Here below, you can take these surprises in chunks, 5 at a time…. See two essays:
Constant economic growth, constantly supported even when unhealthy, is the unquestioned goal of both major parties. Few stop to ask about the ill effects of growth or the merits of maintaining good conditions when we get them (did we really get improvement when that store moved to the margins of town leaving a hulking building downtown?). The unhealthy side effects of constant growth have become the elephant (and the donkey) in the living room–the unasked question for both Republicans and Democrats.
A shorter version of this essay was published as “An Economy That Grows Anger,” in the Huffington Post, September 24, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/an-economy-that-grows-ang_b_12173172.html
Scroll down to see a revised version of this essay, expanded with more economic data and historical examples, and published as “Both Parties Back Economic Growth–But Are They Wrong?” in History News Network, October 2, 2016, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/163991.
In this election, we’ve got a well-informed Democrat defending a crazy system and a crazy-sounding Republican brashly calling for undisclosed changes. Consider the sources of the craziness—consider an economy that can’t stay healthy with constant growth. In medicine, that’s called cancer…. Continue reading….
originally published at Huffington Post, August 3, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/education-for-taking-a-st_b_11320390.html
What’s education for? Big ideas? Big bucks?
Whatever your goal, you’ve got to start by taking a stand….
originally published at Huffington Post, July 16, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/satire-trump-the-pop-musi_b_11035142.html
Sing it now: “Love, Love Me! Love, Love Me!”… Continue reading
originally published in Huffington Post, July 1, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/trump-in-the-tall-shadow_b_10777918.html
The Trump Phenom—how’d that happen? Take a look at history…. Continue reading
President George W. Bush has received an unprecedented amount of criticism, and yet he won re-election handily. How’d that happen?
A majority of Americans do not share his application of Christian traditions to a millennial vision of US mission; a majority of Americans believe that, while government cannot solve all social problems, it can give important direction, which contrasts sharply with Bush’s strong anti-government stance.
The Bush campaign put less emphasis on reasons to vote for him than on attempts to stimulate feelings based on his tough talk and reputation for decisiveness. As a result, many voters for Bush will likely get four years of policies they don’t want…. Read whole essay here….