Laugh While You Live

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If you find it hard to laugh, you’ll find it hard to live.

Laughter is one of the ultimate forms of defiance and resilience. It signals to the universe that you are the kind of person who’s willing to smile or be silly even when things are going wrong.

And why is it important to retain your ability to smile or be silly when things are going wrong? Because there are always things that are going wrong. There’s always something to be serious about. Always.

Laughter is a spiritual practice that keeps us from equating seriousness with significance. It protects us from our self-destructive tendency to believe that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to enjoy life’s beauties and pleasures until every important problem has been solved. And since that day is never going to come, we might as well learn to enjoy ourselves while we strive to make the world a…

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Chasin’ The Dream: The Political Standoff on Immigration

In lieu of GenFKD’s Oppression to Opportunity (#Op2Op) campaign, and the wall-construction plans of some presidential hopefuls, we are exploring the issue of immigration in a three-part blog series. The first segment provided a brief history of American immigration. The second part, below, discusses the political standoff behind this issue. Finally, we’ll conclude the series with some economics, which could help round out your thoughts on immigration and its effect on our wallet.

“I will build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me— and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” —Donald Trump

Throughout history, immigration has been a key factor in the standoff within party politics, and it doesn’t look like it will ease up anytime soon. What’s more, the significant voter  support enjoyed by people like Trump shows just how divided Americans are when it comes to the politics of immigration. Continue reading “Chasin’ The Dream: The Political Standoff on Immigration”

The Seven Biggest Lies in Economics? Not So Fast…

1. People have thrown around this “trickle-down theory” for years since it was used back during Roosevelt’s years. It was directed toward tax revenue. Lower taxes at the top will boost taxable income to increase revenues. In 1921, when the tax rate on people making over $100,000 a year was 73 percent, the federal government collected a little over $700 million in income taxes, of which 30 percent was paid by those making over $100,000. By 1929, after a series of tax rate reductions had cut the tax rate to 24 percent on those making over $100,000, the federal government collected more than a billion dollars in income taxes, of which 65 percent was collected from those making over $100,000. In addition, when the government is continually bailing corporations out, what incentives are there to bring in tax revenue to a government that mismanaged the money? Continue reading “The Seven Biggest Lies in Economics? Not So Fast…”

6 Questions That Will Keep You Intellectually Honest

Fantastic post by T.K.

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It’s easy to feel confident in what we think we know. It’s easy to latch on to the sensation that we’ve already arrived in our pursuit of truth. It’s easy to buy into the illusion that we’re one of the rare few chosen ones who understand what’s really going on while everyone else is guilty of blatant idiocy. It’s easy to assume that we have far more to teach than we have to learn. It’s easy to draw hard lines of distinction between teacher and student while forgetting that every good teacher needs to play the role of student and every good student needs to play the role of teacher.

There’s no easy formula for maintaining open-mindedness and intellectual honesty, but here’s a list of questions I’ve come up with as an exercise in keeping myself honest.

Question #1: Can you name one person, dead or alive, who you regard…

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