13 Jul 2018

The Progressive Economic Agenda Is No Threat to Prosperity

Many political commentators belittle the progressive social and economic agenda as unrealistic, too radical and pie-in-the-sky. Not true. Progressive financial policies are being used in various degrees by developed nations worldwide and especially in nations that have accessible health care for their citizens, lower infant mortality rates, a retirement safety

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12 Feb 2018

Financial Reporters Missed the Role of Neoliberal Bias in Recent Market Volatility Reporting

The stock market’s recent spike in extreme volatility produced reams of good explanations about its fundamental and technical causes, but it failed to address the permanent fundamental conflict that underlies the volatility: the possible shift in political-economic power between and the deep-rooted conflict between business and labor, Wall Street and

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30 Nov 2017

At This Year’s Holiday Party Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Of all the commentaries about the fast breaking allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, few people have discussed how this will actually affect future workplace behavior. If the outcry continues to be deep and strong, the future workplace for men and women working together will be very different. So,

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30 Mar 2017

Don’t Recognize the Republican Party Today? Here’s Why: It’s the John Birch Society

Many veteran political observers say they cannot recognize the Republican Party  that elected Donald Trump. They should not be surprised. The reason is that it is not the Republican Party. It is the party of the John Birch Society that morphed itself into the far-right Libertarian Party. This is why veteran

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10 Mar 2017

Fantasy Financial Planning in the Trump Era

Face it: Financial planning in Trump world  hinges on politics, not investing.  This makes it more important than ever for people  providing financial advice to tell clients about the implications of political decisions made in Washington and less about the basics of investing. By now, everyone has heard of the $26 billion

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23 Feb 2017

What Retirement Crisis Are You Talking About?

The financial media operates 24 hours a day and despite the proliferation of company, market and economic news and endless commentary, financial journalists are avoiding any discussion about the biggest financial crisis facing every American: the retirement crisis. Politicians don’t want us to talk about it since this is the ultimate form of bad news

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01 Jun 2016

How the Terror Management Theory Helps Explain the Current Political Circus

One reason why the current presidential election campaigning has brought out the worst in American politics and journalism and focused extreme attention on the deficiencies of the nation’s justice and economic systems, is certainly due to the rise of the Tea Party, the 2007 recession, Congressional ineptitude and the reality

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03 May 2016

The DEA’s Use of Bad Science to Discredit Medical Cannabis

When science is used for political purposes it results in some very distorted and dangerous results that serve a specific point of view at the expense of the rigorous standards mandated by the scientific method. History has numerous examples of scientists who have twisted, concealed or fabricated scientific studies to

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30 Sep 2015

Why Modern Business Requires Changes in Retirement Planning

Most advice on retirement planning has traditionally focused on the basics of portfolio construction, risk management, diversification, maximizing contributions and other financial considerations. But there is also another important aspect of retirement that only gets marginal coverage.  That aspect is happiness. Various indexes, such as the World Happiness Report, now

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22 Sep 2015

New Study Finds the 2008 Recession Damaged the American Dream for Millions

Just as the Great Depression of the 1930s (that lasted from 1929 to 1941) affected an entire generation of Americans, the 2008 recession is having the same affect, according to a new study by  Allianz Life. The people that have been especially hard hit are Generation X and the Baby

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