Why the IO

Topics in the IO

Age of Dudgeon

A Theory of Wealth

Hostage Takers

Rails to Prosperity

The American Dream


Modern Dilemma

Act like an Adult

Fractious Nation

Moving Forward


Elmwood Tornado Recovery Priorities

Essays after Tornado

Practical Steps

This Week that Was


Good Family Trips



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Age of Dudgeon
A proposed balm for your angst

Concentration of daily efforts could bring about positive change.  We face the most dysfunctional government since the 1850’s. The political alliances and factions are in flux. People want a vehicle to affect change. All this nonsense about third parties, the skids are greased to make the two party system an enduring one.  Better to reform an existent party than start a new one. Our culture is at the point in time where the needed social tools are available. It is really a matter of assembling the pieces in an effective way.  The national Democratic Party could easily do this, but they are addicts of big money and value too highly the advice from well-paid consultants.  The various progressive social networks could come together and do this for they do have common interests and a common enemy. Their current model seems to be based on the land of Westeros and the War of the Five Kings. (George RR Martin, Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice)


Obama winning still leaves our dysfunctional government, dysfunctional.  Congress has impeded change, created a weak recovery, invented the notion of American impoverishment, and the accompanying theme of American decline. Many of the same collection of inept members will be reelected. Some of the 2010 band, modeled on the Insane Clown Posse of Tea, will return, as well. No one has yet coalesced the components into a real path to influence voters. Votes are the coin of the realm. Money has its role because it has produced votes.

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