INEQUALITY 3/23/2023

I am a constant reader and seeker of new knowledge. Lately I have been reading about inequality in the USA and CRT (Critical Race Theory). Daily I am exposed to some supposed solution to one of the many problems these subjects include. As I think about it, I feel the fixes are missing the mark. What is needed is not a bunch of people shooting arrows at a moving target. We need an all encompassing approach that takes it all into account. There are so many factors: tax policy, financial market policy, health care, educational reform, discriminatory policies, minimum wage, rules and laws, enforcement of already good laws on the books, equal access to services and the list goes on. People opposing these reforms are smart and willing to play the long game. They have think-tanks dedicated to nuancing the rhetoric and legislation in their favor. Many of the laws that are touted as neutral are in fact racist or otherwise discriminatory in their implementation due to access. Many things not in the rhetoric have influence on the outcome. Studies have shown change in class over one’s parents is a very rare commodity.

For example, when some politician advocates for an increase in minimum wage, the importance of things like paid vacation, paid sick leave, personal time, paid childcare, and retirement benefits are ignored. These are the things that make class movement “sticky”.

Unrestrained Capitalism will be the end of any chance of fixing any  of these problems. From the 1930’s to the 1970’s capitalism was well regulated in the USA and business cycles were very mild and the general standard of living was rising at a pleasing rate. With the assertions of the early stages of the current Republicanism, this has all changed. With the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine and the Citizens United decision by the supreme court, our decent into chaos began in earnest. To even begin the process of forging ahead, we need to backtrack and reinstate the Fairness Doctrine and reverse Citizen’s United and campaign finance. We need to start enforcing the laws regulating capitalism. We need to look at breaking up companies that are too big to fail. A cap on the size of any company will reduce the risk of having to bail out companies during an economic downturn. They can simply divide like any single celled organism. This will increase competition and efficiency.

The USA has the economic capability to lift up the bottom third of the population without causing any suffering on the rest of the economy. True, some of the billionaires will feel like they have been targeted, but the damage will be to their ego, not their standard of living.


Pinker, Steven: “Rationality”
Piketty, Thomas: “A Brief History of Equality”
Ray, Victor: “On Critical Race Theory”
Garfield, Bob: “American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals and Ourselves”
Reich, Robert: “Saving Capitalism”
Shapiro, Thomas M: “Toxic Inequality”
Frankfurt, Harry: “On Inequality”



The world and our country are filled with problems. Not everything is bad, just more than we need. On this site, I occasionally point out what I feel are pressing problems. I often propose solutions to these problems that I feel will make the world a better place. I do a lot of reading in these areas to expand my mind and become informed. I am not deluding myself, what I say here will be of little impact beyond my right to vote. I don’t have the money behind me that many of the influencers have. I do it for two reasons: I would hope to influence one or two people and also just to get some things out of my mind. Writing it down doesn’t make it go away, but it allows me to think about other things.


I just finished reading Victor Ray’s book “On Critical Race Theory”. It is an excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand CRT. I wouldn’t have researched it if the republicans hadn’t made such a big deal out of not teaching it. Another backfire. The book is short and a fast read, but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t a lot of important content. The book has certainly added another perspective through which I view the world. I’m not going to lay it out for you, you should read the book. Although he didn’t explicitly state it in the book, I have concluded that one of the best ways to alleviate some of the disparity is work on the things we know need fixing: income inequality, healthcare, education, tax policy, and other social safety nets.



The quest for knowledge is the purpose of life
It will be chiseled on my tombstone
Having knowledge will light the way
Will quench the simmering blight of ignorance
It is not about faith
Curiosity is the fertilizer of growth
Open to new possibilities
Life spreads into a new future
Consider the consequences
View the future through a new lens
Life twists and turns
Embrace a tranquil reality
Use new knowledge to choose a path
Each step is something new
Accept what comes with gratitude


A thought comes from nowhere
It must be somewhere
I say what I think I know
Sometimes like new fallen snow
Words I don’t understand
Have I been to Wonderland
They just appear on the page
My mind going on a pilgrimage
It knows where it has been
It wants to go there again


How do I see the world
Through rose, emerald, or sun glasses
Different day, different lens
The lens is never clear
What is reality
What is truth
Light and dark, like the moon
I see what I want to see
I don’t see what you see
Can’t you see what I see?