Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.


Opinion

Snowden, Patriot

Is anyone else an actual patriot?

The Seattle Viaduct: Fill it, don't Kill it.

An old polemic in a long lost political fight.

Gun Lessons

Mass murders in our gun-crazy society might suggest we think about it a little, instead of not.

Explaining the Mystery of Election Parity

An essay after the Bush/Gore fiasco in 2000, describing a dystopian vision of a static American polity bound to serve corporate interests in a 2 party duopoly, with seemingly little hope of change.

Comparing this Y2K perspective, so crystalline, with the remarkable 2016 Trump disruption, makes for a curious read. Premonitions here include (1) that it DID require a wealthy candidate to spurn corporate funding and change things around, (2) that a new 3rd party that I then called 'Spin' DID emerge, and (3) that the forces behind the 2 party system DID arise to crush things back into duopoly again.

(Unforeseen comes realignment of the right from Buckley or Reagan conservatism to reality-show populism, powered by internet rage-o-holism, structured by information-siloing and personality-siloing, bound into a cognitive space of parallel, alternative-facts universes of convenience, and poisoned by a rhetoric of trollery.)

Easy Taxes vs the Capital Gains Tax Loophole

Against the wrong and stupid tax cut that you get for not working. Every taxpaying voter should know about this, and get rid of it.

A Table of Dictators

A partial listing of murderous dictatorships that the US has (that you and I have) paid for over the years

Bullets for Dictators

An argument for activism in fighting dictators

Psychology of Teen Smoking

and how to prevent it

How are we doing?

From Roman democracy, we have come a long way.

EQ-test the police!

Cop = Social worker plus gun, not soldier plus rules of engagement. The character you hire for will be the character of your cop community. So let's stop hiring emotional retards.

Starting a web log, 20 years late.

Every day is the same day, today. So why would anyone care what you said relative to just one of them? Yet, sclerotic with self-importance, we do.

Identity

An argument against all identities, not just in politics.

Celebrating the Millenium

Hear hear, let's have another!

Philosophical Introspections

In defense of introspection.


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