Category: History

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

The 2008 global financial crisis changed the course of history, and unfortunately, it's a bit of history that might repeat itself soon.

On Wednesday, this topic will be examined by a trio of University of Chicago Booth Professors at a session entitled "From Wall Street to Main Street: A Decade After the Global Financial Crisis."

The event is currently sold out, but there is potential availability on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event: Wednesday, January 17th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (301 N. Water St.) You can join U of C Booth professors Austan D. Goolsbee, Randall S. Kroszner, and Raghuram G. Rajan in the Chicago Ballroom.

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The Deep State: Just What is it, Exactly?

The Deep State: Just What is it, Exactly?

The so-called "Deep State" is one of many extremist sociopolitical phenomena that have recently risen in popularity so significantly that now even moderates and liberals must take notice.

If your views are center, or left of it, you probably weren't even aware that things like Tomi Lahren, TheBlaze (it's one word for some reason), Daily Stormer, Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Clay Travis etc. even existed until mid 2016.

The fact that substantially more of us non-wing nuts are aware of who they are is obviously not necessarily a good thing, but at the same time we all must consistently exit our ideological silos.

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Three Major U.S. Constitution Revisions Needed Immediately

Three Major U.S. Constitution Revisions Needed Immediately

“Low information voters” may be the single greatest euphemism of all time.

We don’t even need to say what that phrase actually means, because you already know, but it’s critically important, as this group is something the U.S. Constitution wasn’t designed to handle; at all.

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Restoring Net Neutrality: What You Can Do Now to Help

Restoring Net Neutrality: What You Can Do Now to Help

Last Thursday was an exceedingly dark day for our democracy, as net neutrality was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, by a vote of 3-2. This despite the fact that Net neutrality is something that almost all Americans are in favor of, and consistently voice their support for.

Yet FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer appointed by the Donald Trump administration, who is acting strictly in the interests of the telecommunications lobby, pushed for and got what he wanted, despite the fact it flies in the face of the common interest.

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If Donald Trump Fires Robert Mueller, then Nothing Matters

If Donald Trump Fires Robert Mueller, then Nothing Matters
Late night talk show hosts have often practiced this bit of dark comedy during the Donald Trump administration: Trump gets caught doing something deplorable, an act which would end the career of anybody else but him, and he suffers no consequences. The talk show host then says "Oh, because nothing actually matters anymore." It will definitely feel that way, if/when Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If that maneuver is in the works, and as of right now, no one can say for sure, Trump would likely do it during the holidays so as to minimize attention...

Nazis Are Bad: This Now Qualifies as a Bold Political Stance

Nazis Are Bad: This Now Qualifies as a Bold Political Stance

There's a reason Hollywood has made so many movies about WWII, and many more films about this conflict than any other war in our history.


 Total Good versus complete evil is a concept that only truly exists in fiction, not in real life, but of all the wars that the United States of America has fought, World War 2 is the one where we really were "the good guys" and our foes were "the bad guys." Atrocities are committed in every war, some bad people in every militia, but overall, the point remains clear - Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were the bad guys. Period...

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The South Never Stopped Fighting the Civil War- Here's How and Why

The South Never Stopped Fighting the Civil War- Here's How and Why
It wasn't until 2002 that I learned "The War of Northern Aggression" was something that once occurred in our history. The term was brought to attention by my partner in a summer fling that year, a grad student living in Chicago transplanted from Atlanta. She came from a very well-to-do family and told me tales of her debutante ball, which believe it or not is still a thing that exists down there. She informed me that The War of Northern Aggression was a conflict which raged from 1861-1865, and it was basically the imperialist Yankees invading and destroying The South, which had a peaceful plantation existence, predicated on their pure individualist desire to just be left alone to their own wholesome self-determination. It's worth noting that she herself had inherently and completely rejected this absurd narrative of egregious revisionism; as many, if not all, educated and enlightened Southerners do...

New Art Institute Russian Revolution Exhibition is Extremely Timely (PHOTOS)

New Art Institute Russian Revolution Exhibition is Extremely Timely (PHOTOS)
You couldn’t have asked for better timing, as Russia is at the top of everyone’s mind right now. On the same exact weekend that news broke of the first indictments in the Robert Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign potentially colluding with Russia, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a new exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test, is an exploration of early Soviet art (largely propagandistic in nature) and its audiences (which included 130,000,000 largely illiterate serfs)...

Five Times Donald Trump's Political Career Should've Ended but Didn't

Five Times Donald Trump's Political Career Should've Ended but Didn't
Losing the popular vote by three million didn't end the political career of Donald J. Trump, so it's difficult to figure out what actually will.


 The Robert Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election kicks into another gear this week, so maybe this will be the final turning point? The stakes will be raised as Donald Trump Jr. is to be convened before a Senate special committee behind closed doors.


 The "never Trump" crowd has banking on "Mueller time" to be what finally ends Donald Trump, and it very well may. However, one must remember where we've been as we watch the Russia investigation unfold. Trump has already survived dozens of consequences that would have destroyed the political career of anybody that isn't Trump...
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We're Fighting the Civil War Again; but Actually We Never Stopped

We're Fighting the Civil War Again; but Actually We Never Stopped
The city mouse versus country mouse rivalry is an American tale as old as the founding fathers. If you're a fan of "Hamilton: An American Musical," you no doubt picked on that theme in the sixth number, "The Farmer Refuted" (based on an actual pre-Revolutionary Alexander Hamilton essay), and throughout much of the second act with the Hamilton versus Thomas Jefferson (urban versus rural) rivalry taking center stage. The red state versus blue state narrative is a fiction, as it's the counties electoral map which actually gives you a much clearer picture. Every state is magenta, and none are actually red or blue. However, the county map is also grossly inaccurate, as it shows Donald Trump winning an overwhelming majority of the "land," even though he lost the popular vote by three million. 


The old Republican tactic of trying to divide and conquer with the moronic “city people aren’t real Americans” narrative has now reached new levels of hypocrisy with Trump...