Public Citizen - Larry Barnett

Monopolies of knowledge

Beginning with painting on rocks and writing code for binary computers, the records of what we know have variously been kept. Between... Continue

The poverty problem

Why does poverty exist in the wealthiest countries in the world? This question has vexed economists for several hundred years, and... Continue

The role of ritual

An unoccupied mind is a dangerous thing. Organic brain’s powerful processing capacity combined with limitless symbolic creativity... Continue

The case for a $15/hr. minimum wage

The idea of labor as a commodity, the creation of a class of people subject to competitive rates who can be bought and sold on the... Continue

Alison Von Derland

Human sensibilities are in part a matter of scale, which is to say that as we interact with the world we move from the particular to... Continue


Like Jack ferrying a donkey to market, trading it for magical beans and then escaping the confines of conventional society in ‘Jack... Continue

He lives in a pineapple under the sea

I’ve spent considerable time with my granddaughter watching Sponge Bob Square Pants, the kids’ cartoon show featuring an ensemble... Continue

The rationality of the irrational

Though it is supposed that rationality and logic comprise a monolithic structure apart from feelings and emotions, the truth is that... Continue

The pepperoni tears of Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner, the German musical genius of dubious personal behavior, wrote and produced some of the most stunning and memorable... Continue

Cause and blame

We conventionally view causality moving from “Point A” to “Point B,” a straight line through which we can trace each step and... Continue