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Herb Van Fleet

Herb Van Fleet has written 40 posts for The Absurdity Index

Tragedy of the Commons and the Tragedy of Civilization

“Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.” — Garrett Hardin   Way back in 1968, an ecologist, Garret Hardin, wrote a now-famous essay for the journal Science called … Continue reading

The Right to Bear Arms and the Right to Own Guns

“When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #16   A simple reading of the Second Amendment in its historical context and using eighteenth century semantics, reveals pretty clearly that it means what it says. The right granted no longer exists; at least not … Continue reading

A Night of Terror in Tulsa’s Greenwood District in the Summer of 1921

Last October HBO’s series, ”Watchmen” began its run. The opening scene in the first episode was part archived film and part re-enactment of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, which is now called the Tulsa Race Massacre.   As a longtime Tulsa resident, I only learned about the TRM in the early 2000s. And then it … Continue reading

Race, Reality and Reparations

“It’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.   The Democrat candidates running for president are talking about it. The House of Representatives is holding hearings on it. And the media are running stories about it. The “it” … Continue reading

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Dilemma

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4:  “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office  on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”   In an interview with the Washington Post on March 11, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts on Socialism

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”– Winston Churchill   There’s a big brouhaha these days over socialism. The president declared that we would never become a socialist state. And virtually all of the Republicans use the word socialist as … Continue reading

Not a Happy Fourth of July for the GOP

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies” – Groucho Marx   Who doesn’t like the Fourth of July? The inspirational speeches, the patriotic music, Tchaikovsky’s’1812 Overture with its booming cannons, the hot dog eating contests (gag) and the evening sky filled with colorful … Continue reading

Healthcare – A Moral Right?

“I hope that all physicians, including those who are members of Congress, other health care professionals, and professional societies would speak with a single voice and say that health care is a basic right for every person, and not a privilege to be available and affordable only for a majority. The solution for how to … Continue reading

The Problems with Equality

 It seems like almost every person in our society these days is seeking equality – economic equality, racial equality, gender equality, legal and social equality, health care equality, educational equality, opportunity equality, and on and on. Those who plead for equality are obviously seeking a remedy for inequality. In that regard, they see themselves as … Continue reading

Pondering Pogo’s Enemy

Pondering Pogo’s Enemy – One Op-Ed at a Time NOW AVAILABLE   If you are interested in Essays, Commentary, Current Events, Social Issues, Political Issues, Democracy, Governance, National Security, Environmental Issues, Economics, Military, or History, this book may be of interest to you. Available for order online and from local bookstores in print and eBook … Continue reading

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