This might be the most anti-intellectual article on Medium at the moment. They should just make a category for articles like this.


Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” The strangest vibe I’ve ever felt was a night in San Francisco in the time of Covid. I’ve been visiting city on a fairly regular basis for about twenty years. My wife and I decided to get a room there over the weekend. This is towards the end of April of 2021. It was our first visit since Covid. This is what I can tell about San Francisco in 2021 after spending roughly twenty-four hours there. The city is in a state of disarray…


When gold surpassed $2,000 per ounce in August of 2020, the financial media and Youtube were awash in calls for gold to reach $5,000 per ounce or possibly $10,000. Early concerns of inflation caused a rush on gold and silver. Coin shops were suddenly flooded with customers even as the pandemic turned shopping centers into ghost towns. Gold has seen a mild correction and hovers around $1,750 at the time of this writing. Since then, we’ve had two additional stimulus packages, populism has clearly taken hold of governance and the Fed overtly supports the zealous printing of money. It’s been…


I started trading Bitcoin three years ago, but only as a speculative bet. I was also a newcomer at the time to both stocks and cryptos, so you can imagine I made my share of haphazard decisions. The biggest mistake I routinely made over and over again was not fully understanding the true value of Bitcoin. For far too long, I saw it strictly as a speculative play that could crash to zero at anytime. Instead of accumulating more, I was trying to trade bitcoin, which often resulted in panic-selling and buying back in at a higher price. It wasn’t…


For most of our history, we have been divided. During the revolutionary war, the colony was split between those that supported the Crown and those that sought independence. In the early days of the Republic, there were the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist. Decades laters, we went to war with each other to end slavery. There were plenty of Americans leading up to World War II that preferred strict isolationism. The cultural revolution of the late 1960’s exposed deep, cultural and ideological rifts within our country. Those perilous divisions never disappeared, but instead hid for decades in the confines of academia…


I assume you are being sarcastic. Well, have you thought about the pyschological damage we are doing to children? Or the fact that we are going to literally double income inequality in this country?


When I was growing up, I learned from an early age that the Democratic party was looking out for us, the little guy. We were ‘working class’, meaning part of the lower-middle class. We also knew that the Republicans represented the wealthy. Our family, when they did vote, always supported the Democrats by default. But the reasons were strictly economic. At least in my household, there was no notion of ‘political correctness, identity politics or white guilt’. During the 80s and 90s, the Democrats were still viewed as the labor party. They were the party preoccupied with supporting unions, trade…


8,500 people per day die in the United states from a wide array of illnesses, accidents and diseases. There were roughly 2.8 million deceased in the US in 2018. The total amount for 2020 is expected to be near that number, but will likely be closer to 2.9 million due to Covid. There is an obsession by the ‘panic-driven’ media with the number of Covid-related deaths. The current number is around 280,000. This sounds astronomical if you are sitting at home and have no idea how many people actually die in this country everyday. …


Americans are quickly reshaping the way they approach paying for university, the risk-reward of going into debt to get a degree and how to pay off student loans. There are roughly 44 million Americans with student loan debt, totally around 1.5 trillion. While some owe a manageable amount, it’s not uncommon for a borrower under the age of 40 in 2020 to have $80,000 to $200,000 in student loan debt. For most individuals with suffocating debt, much of the total amount they owe is actually accrued interest. Many of those same debtors haven given up hope on paying back the…


I took a road trip with my wife and almost two-year old during the last two weeks of October. Eight months into this Corona fiasco and a polarizing election looming, what better time than to see the country. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to have been couped up in the house for the past eight months working from home. I say fortunate because at least we have been able to keep our jobs, both of which are decent positions that offer generous benefits. I know a few of my co-workers seemed dismayed that I was taking two…

James Rooney

A web manager by day and inspiring writer at night. James raps about politics, web design, culture, sports and the many nuances of life.

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