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[*] Post 480963 posted on 8-12-2013 at 10:35 Reply With Quote
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The two Americas explored in this article by the writer of The Wire


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/david-simon-capitalism-marx-two-americas-wire
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[*] Post 480976 posted on 8-12-2013 at 16:05 Reply With Quote


David Simon doesn't so much explore his two Americas as he describes America as he imagines it to be. He paints imaginary pictures of things with which he disagrees, and then knocks down the straw men. He is so intellectually lazy that he does not offer specific solutions. He says that capitalism needs a sort of socialistic balance to counter its excesses. In that, he is wrong.

He is right in saying that capitalism is good at creating wealth. But, the people involved in the economic system need the Lord's guidance in their lives, that they voluntarily show love and concern for the rest of mankind, and that even those who do not follow the Lord at least see that acting generously and responsibly is the way to live the best life.
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[*] Post 481002 posted on 8-12-2013 at 22:27 Reply With Quote


Simon mentions people whom he considers casualties of the war on drugs. I am well familiar with the people of whom I speaks--I have spent time with them, become friends, and taught classes which address their situations. They are people who have chosen to use drugs, and suffered the consequences. Most crime in the U.S. is committed by people who have been using drugs (sometimes drunk). When arrested for illegal drugs (even if they commit no other crime), they lose money in fines, spend time in jail or prison, and have trouble getting work afterwards because of their criminal records.

The solution is not to give up on the war on drugs (which would encourage people to waste their time on drugs which often require increasing amounts of money to support the addictions)--there are already too many cases of people causing accidents and messing up at work or missing work entirely because of drugs. The better answer is to have a greater personal desire to serve the Lord, to do what reflects best on Him, which means setting aside drugs which hold people back.
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