Reviewing the Price of Peace

The Price of Peace is Zachary Carter’s look at the life and ideas of economist John Maynard Keynes. While economics can often be a boring subject, I found The Price of Peace to be an important, educational read.

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Talking about Blindness

When I started this site, I thought I would write more about my blindness. In short order, I realized I wasn’t as comfortable writing about my blindness as I thought I was when I started. I wanted people to interact with me and this website based on what I say about politics, books, and the rest of the things I talk about.

I have slowly realized that one of the ways to help people learn to understand and appreciate me for the things I like about myself is for me to be more open about my blindness. The reality is blindness is something that is different from me than most people. It’s something most people will wonder about and have questions. If I’m willing to answer questions in private, I should be willing to answer them here. Also, I share so much about my life I feel like not sharing about my blindness is a bit disingenuous.

So, here are some of the posts I have already written about my blindness. In future posts, I will be sharing more of my experiences as a blind person.

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Personal Updates for August 23, 2020

This post has updates on this website and my exercise.

Updates on This Website

Recently, I discussed the need to update the pages on this site. While the updates aren’t final, I have added material to both the About Me page and the Questions About my Blindness page. If you have any questions you would like answered, feel free to use the Contact Me page.

These pages, and the rest of them, are works in progress. I let them go too long without updates.

My Exercise

Today is the 73rd consecutive day I have reached my exercise goals. This week, I noticed my average heart rate on the elliptical going lower than I want. On Saturday, the workout was easier than I felt I needed. If that remains true, I will start upping the resistance in about a week.

Reviewing the end of the Myth

Greg Grandin’s The end of the Myth: the frontier to the border wall in the mind of /America is the best look at the rise of so-called Trumpism I have read. Still, I think the book overcomplicates what is sadly too simple a reality.

Human nature is fundamentally selfish. Sure, there are people who don’t fall into the trap of selfishness, but most people are fundamentally selfish. The policies of nations, fueled by the rich and powerful, exploit the selfish, weak tendencies of most people to create societies based on division. As is hopefully obvious to most, by far the most common, brutal divisions stoked are race-based divisions. Throughout American history, The powerful have constantly stoke racial divisions, because a united people would reject the failed societies that give much to the few while forcing the rest to struggle.

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