Category Archives: Philosophy

Chocolate Momotombo

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During my week in Managua I got over to a place near the Peace Corps office that I have been meaning to hit up: The Chocolate Momotombo factory and café. Chocolate Momotombo is one of the various artisan chocolate companies … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Say This Once

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Every time you disagree with something Trump says, every time you feel disgusted by something he says, every time you directly respond to his policy proposals or speeches, HE HAS DEFEATED YOU. Donald Trump is not stupid. He may not … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Economy of Nicaragua and Economic Development

The preceding article was posted at 1:14 AM EST, the time that my flight was scheduled to take off from Nicaragua. This article was posted at 5:43 AM EST, the estimated landing time in Ft. Lauderdale. Originally I had envisioned … Continue reading

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Retrospective on the Economy of Nicaragua and Economic Development

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This post is being cross-posted on my Economics blog, The Economics Of … . It was written in 2015 but I delayed publishing it until I completed my service. As a Small Business Development Volunteer, I naturally find myself asking myself questions like … Continue reading

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On Sensitivity

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From the moment we enter the Peace Corps we are warned to be culturally sensitive. Defer to local norms and beliefs. Take time to get to know cultures and communities before you try to change people or customs or habits. … Continue reading

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Reaching New Heights

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  I think that if I started the Peace Corps over again I would express a desire for a smaller site. Not too too small, but certainly smaller than León, and without so many foreign travelers, volunteers, NGO’s, and university … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Censored…

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… And not by the Sandinistas! After my trip to the Atlantic Coast I was inspired to write a bit of a satirical piece on infrastructure out in the the lagoons. I submitted it to the Volunteer magazine, Va Pue, and … Continue reading

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The Rocky Point Country Club – No Lefties Admitted

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“But the chief matter of property being now the fruits of the earth, and the beasts that subsist on it, but the earth itself, as that which takes in and carries with it all the rest, I think it is … Continue reading

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Back to Paris

I got a lot of nice feedback on my Word of the Day: Dialectic post, so I figured I would double down. That article was written after the terrorist attacks in Paris. I know that at times it seems that … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Dialectic

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction… This conjunction of an immense military establishment … Continue reading

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