Doug Harvey

Doug Harvey is a historian and musician teaching, writing, and performing in the Kansas City area.  He can be contacted at dharvey@ku.edu

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Sunday, February 26, 2012
“Trickled On” Economics
One thing about an election year, particularly this one, is that it reveals the fallacy that humanity has somehow emerged from “mere animal conditions.” We may have comfortable homes, climate-control, exo-skeletons (known as automobiles) to allow us to move about rapidly and move objects many times our own weight, etc. But beavers, ants, and foxes have these things. One thing that humans have the capacity for, if they strive to use it, is being able to see life from another’s viewpoint – we have the capacity for compassion.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Parasites Lost
I once asked a Native American if he thought whether North America was in any way in a post-colonial period. His response was, “Have they left yet?” Of the New World republics that came about as a result of colonization, the United States is going to have the hardest time dealing with its past.
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Sunday, January 01, 2012
The Delusional Assumptions of Capitalism
One of the more delusional aspects of capitalism is the idea that if one pursues the acquisition of private wealth with abandon, that this is somehow automatically “good” for human society.
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