Public Citizen - Larry Barnett

Not so Grimm Fairy Tales

Being a grandfather provides the opportunity to experience contemporary fairy-tale movies, and suffice to say, the stories have changed. The... Continue

If not for communication, what’s a metaphor?

All language is metaphor, and for that matter, so is every word in every language. We humans are metaphor-makers, and making metaphor... Continue

Multilingual Multiculturalism

America is exceptional in many ways, not all of them so good. One way which falls into this “not so good” category is an... Continue

Mistaking Ignorance for Wisdom

The internet of things had not arrived when NYU professor Neil Postman wrote his 1985 critique of television and its effects on society.... Continue

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