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Hi! I am practically brand new to medium as I write this in early February of 2021. I am also brand new to writing beyond the writing that everyone does — e-mail, texts, journaling, and all of that.

I love it! I’m addicted for some reason. It all started when the pandemic hit, and I found myself out of work with a lot of time on my hands. So I started writing about everything I could think of: social issues, politics, personal development, health. I’ve tried some fiction, and poetry as well.

I work as…

An analogy to understand the relationship between them

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Imagine that you are the passenger in a car on a long work-related road trip. In the driver’s seat is your boss — a hard, driving tyrant of a man who seems to be on his last nerve. He’s driving the two of you to your destination on a busy, narrow two-lane highway. You hoped to get this trip over with a minimum amount of communication between the two of you, and so far, it’s going okay. But there’s just one problem. You checked your GPS…he’s headed in the wrong direction. …

Think there are no libertarians in a pandemic? Think again…

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It wasn’t more than a few weeks after the announcement of “15-days to flatten the curve” before a rare moment of national unity turned into one of America’s most contentious culture wars.

It seemed that as the pandemic refused to wane many began to grasp for someone to blame, and in the process, debates over causes and solutions became intensely politicized. …

Employee benefits are a sham and its time we all admit it

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I’m going to make a simple thesis statement right at the outset: employee “benefits” are nothing more than tools that help the employer retain an employee without actually providing that employee with the proper incentives to remain with the company.

I realized this when I dropped my full-time status at my current company so that I could pursue freelance work. Since I made that decision, I have experienced a significant increase in compensation and in job satisfaction. But it was a tough decision to make — so tough, that I almost chickened out. I had my health insurance with my…

Great analysis! It's so true that the wealthy play an important role in society, namely that of innovation and investment. Money is nothing more than a tool and so there is no injustice in placing those tools in the hands of those who are the most capable at wielding them. Especially when the use of those tools benefits us all.

The objection that wealth concentration hurts people is unfounded. The amount of wealth in the world is not a fixed sum and the accumulation of it is not a zero-sum game. It is based on productivity and productivity is highly…

Reflections on some things I can’t get past my skull

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I have a question about consciousness….

What is it?

The dictionary defines it as “the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself.” But consciousness is so much more than awareness. It involves an inner experience: sights, sounds, movies, words, ideas, sensations, and complex reasoning.

Often the human brain is compared to a computer. No doubt, there are many similarities. But when I think of consciousness, that is exactly where the comparison points to what I don’t know…what nobody knows.

For example, when I see a sunset on a video on my computer screen I know what…

Reflecting on the morality of capitalism

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“Fundamentally, there are only two ways of co-ordinating the economic activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion — the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The other is voluntary co-operation of individuals — the technique of the market place.”

– Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Often the quality of our beliefs is determined by the quality of the questions we ask. This is true when we ask questions about political and economic philosophy. I think it’s especially true when we consider the morality of economic systems like capitalism.

Before we get…

Some ideas are as appealing as they are appalling

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Albert Camus once said that “the welfare of humanity is the alibi of tyrants.” Indeed, on the ash heap of history lie countless corpses who were victims of philosophies that claimed to be about the greater good. Ideas can be dangerous things. But for an idea to ever get off the ground in the first place it has to sound grandiose and virtuous. Such is the seductive danger of pseudo-humanism — any doctrine that sounds moral on its face but in practice is demonstrably bankrupt of any morality at all.

Not all pseudo-humanist ideas lead to tyranny. Sometimes they just…

Capitalism and justice

Find out how much you are being exploited by your employer with this simple experiment

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Let’s imagine a hypothetical. Bob works at McDonalds. Bob is convinced that he is being underpaid at his current wage of $12 per hour. He is upset that McDonalds makes millions of dollars on his back.

But Bob’s not dumb. He realizes that the success of his company is due to more than his ability to flip burgers and serve customers. For instance, the building he works in represent millions of dollars in real estate investment that he is not involved with. It involves thousands of dollars in equipment. Millions of dollars and countless man-hours spent on marketing, prospecting, and…

Carmelo San Paolo

Writing about the political, philosophical, and sociological musings that keep me up at night. Read my stories and so I can quit Ambien.

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