Thursday, May 7, 2009
© 2009, the Institute for Applied Common Sense
We’ve operated this blog for over a year now. It’s been quite the experience. We’ve learned a lot from you.
Earlier today, in responding to a post on the blog operated by one of our regular readers, we were reminded of the importance of revisiting our views on various subjects.
His particular post had to do with our inherent biases and prejudices. He suggested that recognition and acknowledgment of them are important. We agree.
However, we commented that part of personal responsibility involves constantly questioning and challenging one’s beliefs on a regular basis. Otherwise, we become fixed in our beliefs, and too comfortable with them.
In our view, rigidity in positions on issues interferes with the collaborative spirit needed to address serious, long-term problems in society.
We often go back and review our prior posts and the responsive comments of our readers. Unfortunately, while we have access to a comprehensive list of the subjects discussed, our readers do not. Additionally, while the topic cloud widget is a nifty little gimmick, it really does not assist a new reader in locating older posts.
We decided to provide you with a few of our most recent posts so that you might have an opportunity to revisit them. It will be interesting to see if anyone’s views have changed in the interim.
African-Americans and the Democratic Party
Why Do the Democrats Seemingly Have a Lock on African-American Votes
Anger and Civil Discourse
Is There a Positive Side to Anger?
Dobermans. Surrounded by Dobermans.
Bias and Bi-Partisanship
It All Depends on the Price of Your Ticket on the Train
Following Economic Meltdown, New Calculation of Value of Human Life
When the Surfboard Hits the Wall
Economy and Economic Theory
Making Use of the Current Financial Mess
If Tin Whistles are Made of Tin, What are Credit Default Swap Derivatives Made Of?
Too Few Indians; Not Enough Chiefs
Been There; Done That
What is "Cap and Trade" and Why are So Many Saying All of those Things about It?
Humor - On the Light Side
Now That We Have a Japanese-German-African-Eskimo-American President
A Little Comic Relief before the Storm
Libertarian Party (U.S.)
Why Aren't More Americans Members of the Libertarian Party?
Local News Crime Coverage
Local News Coverage of Crime
Lying / Pursuit of the Truth
27 Situations Where People We Respect Claim that "Lying" is Appropriate
Madoff and Wall Street
Every Issue Has Two, Three, Possibly 27 Sides
Monopolies and Anti-Trust
Should Government Intervene Where Private Sector Monopolies or Near-Monopolies Exist?
Notre Dame Commencement and President Obama
Should the Pope Be Permitted to Speak at a Public School Commencement?
Rarely Does a Man Love His True Self (or, How to Discourage Comments to a Blog Post)
Re-Posting of Article: What Makes People Vote Republican
Religion and Separation of Church and State
Jesus Christ and the Republicans
Jesus Christ and the Democrats
Program of Interest on C-Span2 Book TV Right Now
Socialism and Government Intervention
Should the Response to Natural Disasters be Left to the Private Sector?
Should Government Get Out of the Business of Education?
Who Cares If It's Torture?
U.S. Border Issues
At What Price Freedom to Bear Arms?
Opportunity to Serve as "Guest Author"
This forum was designed to be YOUR forum for the civil exchange of ideas by people with all points of views. We welcome the submission of articles by all of our readers, as long as they are in compliance with our Guidelines contained in Post No. 34. We look forward to receiving your submissions.