Western Democracy Versus the “Chinese Model”: Does it Matter?

The bottom-line test for any government is procuring the “common good.”  China has excelled at it.  Our democracy has faltered.  What is to be done?  


How Protester Occupations Can Succeed

Spontaneous urban uprisings have a soul of their own. To guide one through a decision-making process is very difficult but not impossible!

 


Ron Dai: Selection of My Short Posts on Facebook

Social media, except for blogs, normally do not encourage long writings, although they would allow the users to post links to long articles hosted somewhere else. Accordingly, writing with philosophically meaningful contents and relatively rich knowledge is a daunting task on social media. Facebook is no exception on this......


Robert Dekkers | Dance Moves On

Kitchen ballet is live performance at its best. Dancers imagining a reality greater than the four corners of a small space becomes its own form of collaboration—as it should be. After all, we are all moving through time together, transforming space at a dizzying speed. Deckers says, “It’s such a gift to dance. The connection among body, mind and spirit is essential for dancers to thrive, and when you come right down to it, drawing forth that connection is important for any one of us to thrive.” In the age of the pandemic, no one knows for sure how much longer dancers will be stuck dancing in place, but we can be sure that dance will keep happening.


Are you ready to embark on the road to entrepreneurship?

An entrepreneurial mindset is key to startup success. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, about 25% of Americans have considered starting their own business. In fact, only 13% do it.


Lessons From the Pandemic (of 1918)

We need to stop repeating old, costly, and deadly mistakes.  Will we ever learn? To borrow a line from America’s baseball-player philosopher, Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again. America has once again done it wrong (on the whole), with tragic consequences.  There are models in other countries for how to do it right. 


Robert Dekkers | Dance Moves On

 I was so inspired by Robert Dekker’s live streaming classes via Facebook that the only way I know how to express my gratitude is by writing about him. My article Robert Dekkers | Dance Moves On presents a new way of looking at dance in the digital age.


Coronavirus Pandemic, Month Six

The absence of executive leadership to champion a plan to contain the coronavirus pandemic has cost this country dearly. As I write today, the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) reports 133,666 deaths, with 3,173,212 infected, a number that is up today by 66,281 new cases over yesterday. States with governors who took the CDC’s guidance on a phased, data-based approach to opening the economy back up have fared significantly better than states with governors who did not use data and opened their states early.