Category Archives: 21st Century

World’s Biggest Middlemen


In everyday life, we try to eliminate the middleman in order to cut cost and foster closer relationship between producer and consumer. How successful are we doing that? I can see four areas where the middleman seems indispensable despite all … Continue reading

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The German Solar Effort


Although not known for its sunny weather, Germany initiated the world’s solar revolution about 20 years ago with a vision that other countries would later follow. The goal is to increase the share of all renewable sources in German electricity … Continue reading

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Rape of the Middle Class


The decline of the American middle class has been happening since the 1980’s. If you are younger than 40 years, you probably do not notice it that much. Let me recount what I have experienced. To begin, what do I … Continue reading

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To Bet or Not to Bet


Everyday living involves taking some degree of risk all the time. I wish to find out what I need to do to ensure a productive and enjoyable life. Obviously, the least risk is to stay at home and watch TV, … Continue reading

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The Military-Industrial Complex


When President Dwight Eisenhower completed his second term in 1961, his farewell speech drew Americans’ attention to the “military-industrial complex” that might pose a danger to world peace in the future. For a general who was also Supreme Allied Commander … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism


Many people talk about American exceptionalism. Let me try to figure out what this perception really means. To begin with, each country is unique to a certain extent. What makes a nation exceptional has something to do with its history, … Continue reading

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Replacing Obamacare


The repeal of Obamacare by the Republicans is easy. They have done it repeatedly for over 40 times in the House during Obama’s presidency but could not overcome his veto power. Now that they have Trump as President and a … Continue reading

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