Luckily, Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness

Many studies have demonstrated that being poor will make you miserable, but being rich does not make you happy. At some level, society has always understood this. The ancient Greeks talked about the elusive notion of what made a good life. They called it “eudaimonia.” It’s the philosophy that happiness comes from work that helps others, not worldly possessions.

Planes, Trains And Stock Markets

Autumn is nearly here, and I am reminded of stock market crashes and one near plane crash. The September equinox marks the anniversary of when my Uncle Richard and I fell from the sky in his Cessna 172. I haven’t had such a close call since, yet I have a lot of anxiety these days — not about flying, but about the stock market.

Snap Back: Stock Crash!

Stock indexes went postal on Washington’s debt deal celebration. Last Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average declined more than 500 points, its worst setback since the Crash of 2008. Then on Friday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded America’s debt from AAA to AA+. In response, the market suffered an even greater setback on Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 643 points. The sky is falling.

Barbarians Inside Our Gates: Who Makes Your List?

In the spring of 1775, silversmith and patriot Paul Revere rode into the cold night to warn that the British were coming. A century and a half later, America helped defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan — two nations bent on world domination and extinguishing individual liberty. The world has changed, and the war at home rages. Geographic borders no longer demarcate the saintly from the sinister. 

Afghanistan: A Lost Cause

Despite proclamations of victory by the Administration of President Barack Obama, the death of Osama bin Laden is not like the fall of Berlin in 1945. In itself, killing bin Laden brings no peace. It does ask many unsettling questions about America’s number one ally on the war on terror, Pakistan. It also puts into question America’s ability to even win the war in Afghanistan.