CLERISY [KLER-uh-see]: a privileged class of people who are well-educated


  The artist, the scholar, and, in general, the clerisy wins its way up into these places, and gets represented here, somewhat on this footing of conquest.” [Ralph Waldo Emerson; Manners; 1844.] There’s a malicious side to education that nobody wants to talk about.  It has to do with the concept that most people don’t […]

GRIT: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck

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When I was a kid it was common for a boy’s  first job  to be selling  Grit newspaper door to door.  It was a conservative, family-focused pubication which had been around since the late 1800’s.   And, yes, it was sold by boys.  It was part of the culture of the times that “newsboys” were employed […]

EXISTENTIAL [eg-zi-STEN-shuhl]: that which is known by experience rather than reason; empirical as opposed to theoretical


This may sound like a super-intellectual posting, but it really isn’t.  In fact, my purpose in writing this posting is to rescue an academic word, existential, and try to expose it as a word that can be employed in ordinary, everyday conversation. The concept of existential has to do with reality.   It asks us to […]

KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS: supports the idea of government/bank infusion of funds to prevent depression

John Maynard Keynes was a revolutionary economist who set his theories of macro-economics up against the prevailing theories and withstood great opposition as a result.   The prevailing theories of economics at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries was that when economic weakness was being experienced in nations the proper method of correction was to cut […]

REPLICATE: to duplicate

Whenever someone comes up with a great idea the question arises: “How can we replicate this?”  It seems like a knee-jerk reaction.  If something is so good, so useful, so valuable, why wouldn’t we want to make more of them?  I suppose that’s part of the American system of economics.  The idea is to continue […]