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The Musings of Mike Spindell

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August 2015

“Rugged Individualism”

Mythology can be seen as the social glue of diverse groups. It is the accumulation of tales, beliefs, moral strictures and mores that gives a specific population a sense of homogeneity, allowing it to exist with synergy. This is true... Continue Reading →

The Eternal Cluelessness of the Avenging Mind

Perhaps the real original sin of humanity is the concept of sin itself. There is of course evil in the world and there is good. To me there is little equivocation about some evils and I am hardly a moral... Continue Reading →

Songs for Saturday: Against the Wind

Many times in my life I've felt like I've been running against the wind. Involved in situations that seemed comfortable, but turned toxic. Hanging with people I thought were friends and turned out not to be. Fighting for lost causes... Continue Reading →

Trump and the Resurrection of American Aristocracy Part One

Right now, despite the doubts of America's pundit class and the economic elitists representing the Republican Party, I think there is more than an even chance that Donald Trump will get the nomination and possibly become our next President. If... Continue Reading →

Trump and the Resurrection of American Aristocracy Part Two

In truth the problems we see in America are merely the manifestations of a long term trend that has resulted in a lack of respect for our republican form of government, as defined by our Constitution. One merely has to... Continue Reading →

A Real History of the Last 65 Years

Being 70 years old and having grown up in a liberal family, politics and history have been always among my greatest interests. Those much younger than I would no doubt list 9/11 as the most traumatizing historical event of their... Continue Reading →

“Let Them Eat Cake”: How The 1% Could Destroy Themselves and America With It

There is an apocryphal story about Marie Antoinette, the doomed Queen of the French Revolution fame, who replied when told of the hunger of the French peasantry: “Let them eat cake”. This phrase whether real or apocryphal, has been shorthand for... Continue Reading →

Why I Am A Radical And What That Means

First Posted on June 5, 2014 “From the first breaths of life to the last, our lives are being stolen out from under us. From infant care and early education to Social Security and Medicare, the dominant economic ideology is... Continue Reading →

“This Above All To Thine Own Self Be True”

“This above all: to thine own self be true,/ And it must follow, as the night the day,/ Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3. ……Polonius gives advice to his son Laertes, who... Continue Reading →

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