I recently had a conversation with an Australian student in which neither of us knew what the other was saying. We were both speaking English, but it was probably the most unproductive conversation you can imagine.
We were ostensibly discussing the merits of the liberal commitment to supporting the welfare state. It was one of those moments I was looking forward to while signing up for the Duke in Oxford program; here was my chance, I thought, to attain enlightenment in an oak paneled room while discussing a subject whose pretension matched that of my environment. And with a foreigner!
But it was not to be. I became increasingly confused because he said there was no commitment at all – liberals are only concerned with supporting the free market. I tried explaining that liberals generally favor expanding the welfare state and otherwise checking the unregulated market. After several minutes of fruitless efforts we decided to change the subject. Read more
With the tide of cannabis legalization reaching an all time high, so are the interests of the corporate world in California’s billion dollar cash crop. Take the infamous GMO giant Monsanto, who may someday hold a large stake in cannabis cultivation in the future. The controversial company is currently investing millions of dollars into a new technology called “RNAi” – a process that could artificially alter everything from the plant’s color to making it insect repellent. If RNAi were ever applied to marijuana, the technology could possibly create larger and more potent plants for less. While this latest development may be making ma and pa cultivators anxious, basic laws of supply and demand beg to differ. Read more
Anyone who reads my blogs, know I’m liberal and I’m supportive of most liberal causes. But there are a few things I’m not liberal about and one of those is Welfare. Don’t get me wrong; I’m supportive of general relief, meaning a very temporary program to help those who fall between the cracks.
I do mean temporary though; not a few years or even a few months – a month or two at the most. After that money is gone, then I believe we should have a government provided work program that offers a low wage community based jobs program to any able-bodied person who needs help. Read more
I’m a liberal, but I also live in a conservative state – Oklahoma. I was born in this state though I’ve also lived for fourteen and a half years in California. California is mostly a liberal state. When it comes to finding compassionate people – those who have empathy for others – I can find it wherever I look, in conservative bastions and in liberal strongholds.
Compassion also can come from religious people or non-religious people. It doesn’t take religion to see someone hurting and care about what’s happening to them and even reaching out to them with charity and compassion.
I’ve met preachers who were selfish and only thought of themselves. I’ve met prostitutes who would give you the shirt off their backs if they thought you needed help. Read more