The productive class

People who suck up to the wealthy should be called what they are — brown-nosers and lap-dogs willing to say anything in hopes of getting a piece of that money. But they’re even worse than that. They’re also blasphemers and poisoners. They’re blasphemers because instead of praising God as the only true source of and [Read More...]

To my ultra-rich readers (in the unlikely event I have any)

Let’s talk utility, efficiency and bang-for-the-buck. Let’s just be tough-minded and clear-headed and consider how to maximize our returns in times like these. Stocks? Maybe, but it’s a gamble. Likely to get worse before it gets better. Plus there’s the whole volatility aspect — up 300 one day, down 600 the next. Who needs the [Read More...]

Brian Moynihan and Empress Eudoxia

Where does Brian Moynihan go to church? And how is it that he still feels comfortable there? Moynihan, the CEO of Bank of America, “plans to cut at least 3,500 jobs in the upcoming months, with the possibility that thousands of additional positions could also be eliminated.” In a memo to the bank’s senior management [Read More...]

'Stop kicking people when they're down'

If we want to reduce poverty, we have to stop doing the things that make people poor and keep them that way. Stop underpaying people for the jobs they do. Stop treating working people as potential criminals and let them have the right to organize for better wages and working conditions. Stop the institutional harassment [Read More...]

Subsidiarity and Saddleback

My frustration was showing a couple of weeks ago in a post titled: “Responsibility is differentiated, mutual and complementary, not exclusive, binary and competitive.” That post consisted almost entirely of the sentence “Responsibility is differentiated, mutual and complementary; responsibility is not exclusive, binary and competitive,” repeated 10 times with each repetition linking to a different [Read More...]

Evangelicals and the politics of spite

The headline is depressingly unsurprising: "Polling Evangelicals: Cut Aid to World's Poor, Unemployed." The combination of stupidity, selfishness and resentment for resentment's sake here is an unholy abomination that makes me want to scream and throw things. And I would, if I thought screaming and throwing things would help get through to these folks, but [Read More...]

How to respond to the Two Bobs

I'm seeking advice today about an ethical dilemma being posed this week to me and to thousands of others who work for America's largest newspaper chain. We're being asked to "track our time" minute-by-minute. You may be familiar with this task — the nadir of 20th-century corporate management techniques — due to its indelible portrayal [Read More...]

‘The politics of envy’

JB: Let the one who has two tunics share with the one who has none. RWT: That's what I'm talking about! That's the politics of envy. JB: I don't see what envy has – RWT: I've got two tunics and you've just got one and now you envy me! JB: I used to have two [Read More...]


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