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Forums for a Future: Audio provides the basis for focusedcivic discussions on how to create a sustainable future. It is not enough tobe critical of the present. We must also have a perspective that informs thepresent and is prescriptive for the future.

Latest Episodes

38 - Speaking the Truth and the National Debt

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast (#38) concerns our inability to speak the truth about our $14 trillion national debt. The national debt as a percentage of GDP has historically risen during times of war and depression while being offset by increases in the highest marginal tax rate. Since 1981 the relative debt has increased due to internal policy decisions, rather than external events as before, while the highest marginal tax rate has been reduced.

16 MIN2011 AUG 2
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38 - Speaking the Truth and the National Debt

37 - Part VIII D: Climate Change Summit, Part 3

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

15 MIN2011 JUN 19
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37 - Part VIII D: Climate Change Summit, Part 3

36 - Part VIII C: Climate Change Summit, Part 2

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

11 MIN2011 JUN 15
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36 - Part VIII C: Climate Change Summit, Part 2

35 - Part VIII B: Climate Change Summit, Part 1

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

10 MIN2011 JUN 15
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35 - Part VIII B: Climate Change Summit, Part 1

34 - Part VIII A: Taking America Forward

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s episode, Podcast # 34, is the first in the series on: Living in the Future Tense. This series will look at specific examples of exponential changes that are taking life in the Post-Modern Era to the limit. These will be the defining moments for taking America forward (not back). The key concept in today’s podcast is to understand that today is tomorrow: the choices we make to day will be our own future.

14 MIN2011 MAR 30
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34 - Part VIII A: Taking America Forward

33 - Part VII N: The Millennial Challenge

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 33, is the fourteenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the dominate cultural beliefs of the Modern Era have led to economic and political policies that have produced climate change, threatening the capacity of the planet to sustain human life. Immediate fundamental changes in the civic control of the i...

5 MIN2010 JUN 14
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33 - Part VII N: The Millennial Challenge

32 - Part VII M: Carrying Capacity of the Planet

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 32, is the thirteenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the population of the world is approaching the carrying capacity of the planet. Unless we reverse the total impact of economic growth and human behavior to stop destroying the capacity of the planet to sustain life, the result will be the end of hu...

2 MIN2009 NOV 30
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32 - Part VII M: Carrying Capacity of the Planet

31 - Part VII L: More Expensive and Invasive Healthcare OK with Florida Department of Health

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 31, is the 12th in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that for a surgeon to continue to perform a more expensive and intrusive procedure when a less expensive and intrusive procedure exists, without informing his patients of the alternative, is an approved medical practice according to the review process of the ...

7 MIN2009 SEP 4
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31 - Part VII L: More Expensive and Invasive Healthcare OK with Florida Department of Health

30 - Part VII K: Resetting the American Dream

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 30, is the eleventh in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the financial crisis of 2008 -- 2009 has made clear that the economic pirates of the Modern Era have stolen the American dream by subverting, if not destroying, the very promises that shaped the nation. Clearly, it is time to look ahead and to ask wh...

25 MIN2009 AUG 7
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30 - Part VII K: Resetting the American Dream

29 - Part VII J: Stop Loss Wall Street

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 29, is the tenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that from the perspective of legal contract doctrine, voluntary retention contracts should be offered to our military personnel, and the self-serving Wall Street financial agreements should be voided.

13 MIN2009 JUL 24
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29 - Part VII J: Stop Loss Wall Street

Latest Episodes

38 - Speaking the Truth and the National Debt

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast (#38) concerns our inability to speak the truth about our $14 trillion national debt. The national debt as a percentage of GDP has historically risen during times of war and depression while being offset by increases in the highest marginal tax rate. Since 1981 the relative debt has increased due to internal policy decisions, rather than external events as before, while the highest marginal tax rate has been reduced.

16 MIN2011 AUG 2
Comments
38 - Speaking the Truth and the National Debt

37 - Part VIII D: Climate Change Summit, Part 3

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

15 MIN2011 JUN 19
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37 - Part VIII D: Climate Change Summit, Part 3

36 - Part VIII C: Climate Change Summit, Part 2

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

11 MIN2011 JUN 15
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36 - Part VIII C: Climate Change Summit, Part 2

35 - Part VIII B: Climate Change Summit, Part 1

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s podcast is part of a three part series on the world summit negotiations to combat climate change. Part 1 in this series, Podcast 35, explains why the proposals of both the US and China at Copenhagen and Cancun were self-serving and why neither could expect the other to agree with them. Part 2 in the series, Podcast 36 provides a rationale for an alternative world standard that is equally fair to both countries. And, Part 3 in the series, Podcast 37, explains why neither the US nor Chin...

10 MIN2011 JUN 15
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35 - Part VIII B: Climate Change Summit, Part 1

34 - Part VIII A: Taking America Forward

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series. Podcast #34 marks the beginning of a new series (Part VIII) on "Living in the Future Tense." Today’s episode, Podcast # 34, is the first in the series on: Living in the Future Tense. This series will look at specific examples of exponential changes that are taking life in the Post-Modern Era to the limit. These will be the defining moments for taking America forward (not back). The key concept in today’s podcast is to understand that today is tomorrow: the choices we make to day will be our own future.

14 MIN2011 MAR 30
Comments
34 - Part VIII A: Taking America Forward

33 - Part VII N: The Millennial Challenge

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 33, is the fourteenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the dominate cultural beliefs of the Modern Era have led to economic and political policies that have produced climate change, threatening the capacity of the planet to sustain human life. Immediate fundamental changes in the civic control of the i...

5 MIN2010 JUN 14
Comments
33 - Part VII N: The Millennial Challenge

32 - Part VII M: Carrying Capacity of the Planet

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 32, is the thirteenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the population of the world is approaching the carrying capacity of the planet. Unless we reverse the total impact of economic growth and human behavior to stop destroying the capacity of the planet to sustain life, the result will be the end of hu...

2 MIN2009 NOV 30
Comments
32 - Part VII M: Carrying Capacity of the Planet

31 - Part VII L: More Expensive and Invasive Healthcare OK with Florida Department of Health

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 31, is the 12th in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that for a surgeon to continue to perform a more expensive and intrusive procedure when a less expensive and intrusive procedure exists, without informing his patients of the alternative, is an approved medical practice according to the review process of the ...

7 MIN2009 SEP 4
Comments
31 - Part VII L: More Expensive and Invasive Healthcare OK with Florida Department of Health

30 - Part VII K: Resetting the American Dream

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 30, is the eleventh in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that the financial crisis of 2008 -- 2009 has made clear that the economic pirates of the Modern Era have stolen the American dream by subverting, if not destroying, the very promises that shaped the nation. Clearly, it is time to look ahead and to ask wh...

25 MIN2009 AUG 7
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30 - Part VII K: Resetting the American Dream

29 - Part VII J: Stop Loss Wall Street

After taking one year off to teach “Forums for a Future” as a university honors course, I have resumed the series. The continuation applies the concepts developed in the first 16 episodes to an open-end list of contemporary social issues. As a way to get started, I created a three-part “Review and Transition” (Podcasts 17-19) to provide a brief summary and introduction for those new to the series, and a quick review for the original subscribers. Today’s episode, Podcast # 29, is the tenth in the open-ended series of positive approaches for addressing the many specific contemporary economic, social and political issues that challenge our capacity for having a future in the 21st Century. The key concept in today’s podcast is that from the perspective of legal contract doctrine, voluntary retention contracts should be offered to our military personnel, and the self-serving Wall Street financial agreements should be voided.

13 MIN2009 JUL 24
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29 - Part VII J: Stop Loss Wall Street