“How Do I Convince A Student That His Ideas Are Wrong?” (Podcast)

A reader who is a teacher is troubled by the fact that one of his teenage students firmly believes in fascist government. The teacher seeks advice on how to deal with this situation. He relates this situation to similar experiences he had as a soldier in Afghanistan when he was speaking with local villagers.

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The Hollow Men (Podcast)

A reader from Italy writes to say he is frustrated and angry with the deceit and fraudulence of a certain political figure on the world stage. We explain why it is best to take a detached, philosophical view of such men, since experience shows that they eventually bring about their own ruin. What matters is to be a man of substance, not a man of straw, a hollow man.  We close by reading T.S. Eliot’s immortal poem, “The Hollow Men.”

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Leadership Questions: Pulling The Trigger, And Dealing With A Passive-Aggressive Boss

Two different readers ask questions from their own personal experience:
1. One man is trying to overcome feelings of discomfort when ordering his men to go places where they may face certain harm.
2. Another man is trying to deal with a boss whose passive-aggressive comments may mean trouble for him.

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Hit Them Hard

When your back is against the wall, you need to fight back however you can.  Don’t allow society or other people to denigrate you.   Remember that the only one who cares about you is you.  Sometimes the best way to get people to listen is to force them to listen.  Hit them hard, and keep hitting them as long as necessary.

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The Rise Of The “Plutocratic Insurgency”

I’ve written before on the extreme social dangers that come about from excessive concentrations of wealth in the hands of a few.  A very important series of articles by Robert and Pamela Bunker in Small Wars Journal has taken this idea one step further:  they have identified the current vast income disparities as a form of insurgency warfare.  This condition–in all its forms–they call the plutocratic insurgency.  This podcast discusses some of their conclusions, and asks readers to ponder the implications of this insidious form of warfare on social health.

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