American Democracy · Class in America · The Unwinding of America

Books about class in America

I’ve never thought much about class in America until I read White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C Williams.  Reading this book was quite a revelation to me.   It turns out that class is at the center of the political problems that are tearing America up right now. I’ll write a…… Continue reading Books about class in America

The Unwinding of America · US Politics

If the Democrats want to win, they must become a true party of the people

Right now the Democratic party is concentrating on stopping DonaldTrump.  The main effort is to keep Trump from destroying health care, from destroying everything that once made America great and even from destroying American Democracy.  And, at this point, this is at it should be. However, the Democrats need to think about the next election,…… Continue reading If the Democrats want to win, they must become a true party of the people

Personal Articles · Small town America · The Unwinding of America

Small town America, then and now

Part 3 of the series, Small Town America After thinking a little more about my early days in the small town of Hancock, Michigan, it seems to me that there are some pretty significant differences between what small town life was like in the 1940s and what it is like now. The main point I’m…… Continue reading Small town America, then and now

Small town America · The Unwinding of America · Trump

Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

This post is a review of an article in this week’s New Yorker Magazine titled “The Future of Coal Country”, by Eliza Griswold.  Here is a link to the original article.  All quotations in this post are from that article. The New Yorker article is mainly about Veronica Coptis, a local from Greene County, Pennsylvania…… Continue reading Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

Personal Articles · Small town America · The Unwinding of America

Small town America and me

Part 1 of the Series, Small Town America I have very mixed feelings about small town America. On one hand I have always lived in small American towns, and this is where I have always felt most comfortable.  These small towns have always been the places I have chosen to live. On the other hand,…… Continue reading Small town America and me

The Unwinding of America · Trump · US Politics

America’s Broken Democracy

This is a review of the Project Syndicate article America’s Broken Democracy by Jeffrey D Sachs. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of…… Continue reading America’s Broken Democracy

The Unwinding of America · Trump · US Politics

Trump is far more dangerous that we thought.

This is a summery of an article by David Roberts on Vox.  Here is a link to the entire article.  The full title of the article is: We overanalyze Trump.  He is what he appears to be.  There is no correct Theory of Trump. The gist of this article is that Trump does not have a…… Continue reading Trump is far more dangerous that we thought.