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Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Israel isn't the only example of the perpetrated becoming the perpetrator, not now, and certainly not in world history.  It is, however, the most obvious example currently given the Holocaust, and how long and how devastating their…"
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"On Hayek:  I think what obsessed him about Mill is that here was a man who by every factor that influenced Hayak, Mill's family background, status, his education, his obvious intellectual capacity, and his moral conviction, he should have…"
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Is "Israeli moral exceptionalism" really the best argument you can come up with?  You may think you're being clever, but it clearly makes no sense.  It's only purpose is to confuse and convince those who still…"
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
":"Israeli moral exceptionalism?"  Where did you make that one up?  Who is "holding Israel responsible for what you wouldn't hold other countries responsible?''  The UN?  The EU?  Any liberal who…"
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"The wrongs of other nations and tribes do not justify the kind of oppression we have seen in Israel any more than what happens in Israel justifies crimes against humanity elsewhere.  It is irresponsible and unconscionable to claim otherwise.…"
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Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Please do.  On Hayek: His biography of Mill is a must read.  They were on opposite sides of the spectrum, but Hayek was obsessed with him and did a lot of research on his life.  He was a good scholar.  The other must read is…"
Apr 19
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Maui:  Next time you're in NYC let me know.  My office is above Grand Central.  I know what you mean about Hayek, and the problem in this country about punishing the poor.  I have nothing personal against you Kosher, and…"
Apr 19
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Whatever you say, whatever you say, whatever you say, whatever you say...."
Apr 18
Ben Sen commented on koshersalaami's blog post Privatization
"Economic theory can't be based on contemporary front page conditions.  That's what make the theories "economics" rather than polemics.  Have you ever actually read a book on economic theory?  Do you understand the…"
Apr 18
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post Exactly 50 Years AgoToday...
"I met him in "66, I believe, at the same time Hillary Clinton did, when he came to Chicago to protest conditions in the schools.  We were setting up "freedom" schools for when the regular schools were shut down.  They called…"
Apr 4
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Genesis of the Two Party System
"It could be the only thing protecting democracy as we've known it is the Mueller investigation, and the vestige of democracy that remain in the GOP that have stopped Trump from firing Mueller--so far.  Trump's demand that the only…"
Apr 4
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Genesis of the Two Party System
"PS    I don't pay her to prove my point, but she couldn't do a better job if I did.  If the "center doesn't hold," democracy is doomed.  We now are looking at the greatest test of that in my lifetime, if…"
Apr 4
Ben Sen commented on Ted Frier's blog post What's Really Behind No Compromise Opposition to Gun Control
"Volunteer militias didn't work in peace time.  There wasn't enough accountability.  That's where what we now call "law enforcement agencies" began, and vigilantism became a thing of the past--until now when…"
Apr 3
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Genesis of the Two Party System
"The fundamental divide going back to the Greeks has been what we now term "reactionaries," who look to the past for the perfect world (Plato) and the "progressives" (Aristotle) who try to see beyond the past and make choices…"
Apr 3
Ben Sen commented on J.P. Hart's blog post Shall Be
"Your work is so witty it renders me speechless.  I wish you'd tell us more about yourself and your journey here."
Apr 3
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Genesis of the Two Party System
"The country with the highest number of parties and the most voters is Italy.  They can't get the garbage off the streets and have been ruled by a tyrannical oligarch for most of the last generation. "
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The Rubber Chef

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 5:00am 6 Comments

(The following is a biographical excerpt from my book GROWING UP TOGETHER.  It's not in the edition currently circulating, but will be in the next.  I publish this on the week my mother died two years ago.  Mom would have been 96 on April 2nd.  We buried her on her 94th birthday.  I think she'd have gotten a kick out of this section.  Certainly, she wouldn't have denied it.)

     It cannot be said we had a home without strife.  There were a number of reasons,…


My Immortal Soul: A Moldy Piece of Cheese

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:00am 6 Comments

(The following is from my book, GROWING UP TOGETHER.  It isn't in the sample copy currently circulating.  I look forward to comments how you envision your soul.  Maybe nobody believes they have a soul any longer.)

     In my childhood imagination, I envisioned the soul as a piece of cheese, like my father ate with lunch on Saturday.  When I broke the commandments in "thought, word, or deed," my soul became covered in a thick, dark mold that was only alleviated when I…


My Super Duper All American View of Immigration

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 9:00am 7 Comments

My father was a dirty mic, my mother was a whop, though you didn't want to mess with her, my wife when she was alive was a kraut, but I don't know what she is now.  My girl friend looks like a chocolate bunny, but she's really a spic.  The frogs never won a war cause they eat snails and drink wine instead of Budweiser. I've known a lot of Jews and camel jockey's going way back, but don't know how they got here. We never had any camels and we could have just imported the bagels.  You…


Book Review: The Letters of Alan Watts

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 7:07pm 1 Comment

     Alan Watts thought he'd be totally forgotten in fifty years.  Until his death at age 58 in 1973 he was the most widely known exponent of Eastern religion and thought in the US.  He was among the few public intellectuals the country had at the time, who didn't come from academia, which is saying something since we have even fewer now.

     He was born and raised a Christian in a small town in England and for a time was an ordained Episcopalian minister serving as Chaplin at…


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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, J.P. Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.


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