I live in Europe after 38 years in America, and I have found it far far far easier to live here. Further, I find that people struggle a lot less here in general, let alone for basic things. Trying to have kids in the USA daunting, here, society is setup for it. It's almost as if... they thought about it.


The late comedian George Carlin "predicted" much of what is now happening, and those "predictions" were in the mid 90's. I use quotations because for him they were simply the reality, but back then; it's just that the symptoms had not yet manifested to their extremes, as they have now. Today, we cannot deny what Carlin said, it's right in our faces. I now teach finance to university students in France (many of them are actually from Africa and China however) and one of the challenges is motivating them to learn about what is essentially a corrupt and immoral system…


Call me old school, but if someone takes your money, then tells you that in order to get what you're paying for it will require a long-term commitment... doesn't that sound like a classic con job or pyramid scheme? As a Job Board, LinkedIn is now dominant, but I find that it has made the overall experience a lot lot worse. Now more than ever it is almost certain that someone's next job will come from people they actually know (in reality) rather than cold calls. I never thought I would miss the days of Monster.


How a six party political system in the USA could help lower the temperature of both politics and the planet.

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The political situation in Washington D.C. today is terminal. While Americans from different political ideologies currently agree on very little, most do agree that there is a major problem. They may not agree on what that problem is exactly, but most do concur that the problem, whatever it is, has been compounded by a sheer lack of political diversity, a failed system of checks and balances, and an utter collapse of thoughtful discourse.

In this age of misinformation, the best answer to targeted political propaganda is not more thought control, but less

The advent of digital technology has ushered in…


There may not be a silver bullet for the current divide in the USA, but one is needed desperately.

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The American political situation today is terminal. While today, Americans from different political ideologies agree on very little, most do agree that there is a major problem.

Americans may not agree on what that problem is exactly, but most do concur that the problem, whatever it is, has been compounded by a sheer lack of political diversity, a failed system of checks and balances, and an utter collapse of thoughtful discourse.

In this age of misinformation, the best answer to targeted political propaganda is not more thought control, but less

The advent of digital technology has ushered in an era…


Some common English phrases that literally make no sense.

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If you want to confuse a non-native English speaker, there are plenty of ways to do it, but perhaps the most fun method is to utter some of the more commonly used catchphrases that us native speakers tend to take for granted.

When we take these phrases literally, they make absolutely no sense in the context that we use them in. Yet, the meaning behind these weird word combinations are universally understood in America, and oftentimes around the broader English speaking world.

Here are a few examples of some of these phrases, and how bizarre they are when we take…


A gap in our understanding of structural-hole theory has led to predictable results.

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The advent of social media has definitely given a soundboard to anyone who aspires to be a self-help guru. However, the original promise of the new technology was that social-economic gaps would be forever closed and that people around the world would be brought together in ways never before seen in all of human history.

Instead, most people have primarily used social media to do what they have always done; complain, talk about themselves, and find porn.

Rather than allow for a prosperous exchange of ideas, social media has instead allowed people to complain to others who previously did not…


He’s a decent man with a long record of mostly doing the right thing, sort of, and that’s enough.

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I get it, Joe Biden does not fit the normal narrative of how a president should look and feel. He’s not exactly the perfectly composed and witty Ronald Regan, nor is he the charismatic and swaggeringly cool Barack Obama.

Joe Biden is not a perfect man and has said and done some things during his life that judged by today’s standards would not be acceptable.

Joe Biden is a career politician, and as a result, he has been an active participant in churning the Washington Political Machine.

Joe Biden is, however, the perfect guy to be the next U.S. President…


A proposed new political system to fix a broken one.

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The American political situation today is terminal, and there should be no doubt that a cataclysm will occur very soon. While today, Americans from different political ideologies agree on very little, most do agree that there is a major problem.

Americans may not agree on what that problem is exactly, but most do concur that the problem, whatever it is, has been compounded by a sheer lack of political diversity, a failed system of checks and balances, and an utter collapse of thoughtful discourse.

In this age of misinformation, the best answer to targeted political propaganda is not more thought…


A prophecy from the prolific Gil-Scott Heron deciphered for the events of today

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Oftentimes used as a famous catchphrase or a hook in several rap songs or movies, the infamously prophetic poem turned song that was written by the extraordinarily influential and undercelebrated poet and musician Gil-Scott Heron, is now playing out in real-time.

As a kid, I probably heard the words “the revolution will not be televised” at least 100 times, as a joke, at parties, or as a summation of a semi-deep discussion amongst adults who were under the influence of alcohol.

Today, these words are no longer just a slogan for social capital, and I am now wondering if Heron…

Joshua Dopkowski

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