All Posts Tagged With: "Poverty"

What Does It Mean To Suffer?

What is Suffering?

The most traumatic place I’ve yet visited on this Earth is Auschwitz-Birkenau.  I was there with some friends in 2005.

I know I’ve talked about it before.  The awful things that were done to people during that war.  The humiliation.  The beatings.  The dreadful murders of so many people.  The intense fear and pain of those who watched others die so horribly.

People who were drowned, crippled, killed, or otherwise experienced devastation from the 2005 southern US hurricanes and the 2004 tsunami in the Pacific.  Many people left with nothing after the floods and other weather disasters in 2008.

Those who died and those who watched the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001.

People who have endured starvation, lacking …


Conservatives Have Ideas, So Let’s Hear Them!

I make no bones about it: I’m a Conservative and a Republican.  If I ever think think the Party is a lost cause, I could abandon it, but current circumstances don’t put me there.  Not even close.

I read with some appreciation Cal Thomas’ column on this subject last week.  His comments regarding the romanticism of Reagan Conservatism is right on.  More importantly, he hit the key thought that I’d like to shout from the housetops:

Contemporary conservatism has mostly been about saying “no” to the liberal agenda. Suppose conservatives instead begin to circumvent liberals by applying better ideas to achieve ends liberals and conservatives claim to seek?

Don’t get me wrong… there have been some ideas floated around, but the fact is that there …


Making Capitalism Work for the Poor

I’ve had little time or space thus far for this topic, not because it lacks importance, but because I can only write so much.  Today I’d like to seriously look at something that many people are reacting to with cynicism, humor, and contempt because of the person at the center of the topic, and as a result are missing what I think is a critical opportunity and a valuable idea.

Bill Gates (yes, you know Bill… I have referenced his company in slightly disparaging terms in the past, but only slightly) made the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, not because of some new innovation in the Windows Operating System, or a major security hole in Internet Explorer, or even as part of …


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