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Notes on Brexit

Notes on Brexit

    By Jim Sullivan Brexit has been preying on my mind as another incredibly stupid piece of politics for a while now, so I have put down some facts and ideas on that topic in the following note: The European Union (EU), which started out in 1957 as the European Coal and Steel Community, […]

Money in Politics and the Complacency Effect

Money in Politics and the Complacency Effect

    By Jim Sullivan On March 5th of this year the New York Times published an op-ed piece by Tim Wu titled “What the Public Wants, It doesn’t Get.”  Mr. Wu correctly stated that our governing class caters primarily to the combined influence of industry groups and donor interests.  The wants and needs of […]

Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income

    By Jim Sullivan The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) came about primarily as a result of job losses caused by globalization and the automation of jobs through robotics.  In addition, we have the seemingly ever present and growing problems of homelessness and inequality in the United States. Several countries and some […]

Should the United States Support Saudi Arabia Despite the Murder of Mr. Kahoggi?

Should the United States Support Saudi Arabia Despite the Murder of Mr. Kahoggi?

    By Jim Sullivan Saudi Arabia’s murder of Mr. Kashoggi is a repugnant crime, and I wish something could be done to punish Prince bin Salman.  However, realpolitik dictates continued U.S. support of Saudi Arabia for the following reasons:  First and most generally, Middle East (ME) peace and stability are in the national interest […]

Constitutional Originalism | A Bright Idea or a Political Ploy?

Constitutional Originalism | A Bright Idea or a Political Ploy?

    By Jim Sullivan Our Constitution has three primary functions: It creates a national government composed of three branches—a legislative branch, an executive branch, and a judicial branch which, taken together, constitute a system of checks and balances among those branches. It divides power between the federal government and the states. It protects specific […]

A Way to Combat Fake News

A Way to Combat Fake News

    By Jim Sullivan As Thomas Jefferson once noted, a successful Democracy depends upon an informed electorate.  The specter of fake news and claims of fake news threaten to undermine our Democracy by polluting the information our electorate depends on to make sound political decisions.  Fortunately for us and our Democracy, there is a […]

Book Review | Robert Reich’s ‘Saving Capitalism’

Book Review | Robert  Reich’s ‘Saving Capitalism’

By Jim Sullivan This book is divided into three parts, each part having several sections as follows: Table of Contents  Part I: The free market. the prevailing view; the five building blocks of capitalism; freedom and power; the new property; the new monopoly; the new contract ; the new bankruptc ; the enforcement mechanism; summary: […]

Economic Inequality in the United States

Economic Inequality in the United States

    By Jim Sullivan As many people from academics to politicians to journalists to American workers have noted, economic inequality is becoming a serious problem in the United States.  Currently twenty people own as much as half the population owns in our country, and wages have been stagnant for several years. To illustrate this […]

Gerrymandering in the United States

Gerrymandering in the United States

    By Jim Sullivan There is no such thing as a perfect political system, and the United States is no exception to that rule.  As a matter of fact, both the United States and India are currently widely considered to be dysfunctional democracies. We need not look far for evidence of political dysfunction in […]

Oligarchy vs. Plutocracy

Oligarchy vs. Plutocracy

    By Jim Sullivan Given the strong tilt of the current House and Senate tax bills toward the wealthy, I began wondering if our government is a democracy or , as some say, an oligarchy or even a plutocracy. To answer this question I researched measures of wealth for members of Congress. First some […]

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