United State of Mind – Robin Trower, Livingstone Brown & Maxi Priest

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United State of Mind

Robin Trower, Livingstone Brown & Maxi Priest

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: October 9, 2020

© ℗ 2020 Manhaton Records

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Sousa’s Greatest Hits & Some That Should Have Been – United States Marine Band

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Sousa’s Greatest Hits & Some That Should Have Been

United States Marine Band

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 1999

© ℗ 1999 Coker & McCree, Inc.

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Popular Hits on Spanish Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 2 – United Guitar Players

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Popular Hits on Spanish Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 2

United Guitar Players

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 11, 2011

© ℗ 2011 UGP

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Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental Acoustic Guitar Songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s – United Guitar Players

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Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental Acoustic Guitar Songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

United Guitar Players

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 24, 2013

© ℗ 2013 UGP

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People – Hillsong UNITED

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People (Live In Sydney, Australia/2018)

Hillsong UNITED

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 17, 2019


This project is the culmination of whatever is after… coming home, having a meal with family and friends — old and new… the everyday that frames the season. Recorded live in Sydney, Australia, UNITED have kept it simple returning to where it all began. It is about people. People you’re doing life with. People you’re representing. It’s about people we are called to reach. Loving our neighbour as ourselves. Where people are united, God commands a blessing, and that’s what UNITED, and in particular this project, is purposed to do… To bring people together from all walks of life and different circumstances – giving everyone a song to sing. This project is for people. Unapologetically returning back to their roots, UNITED demonstrates their utter reliance on God and the fact that we are called to look at life through an uncomplicated lens of loving people. Includes latest new songs from UNITED, As You Find Me, Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) and Good Grace.

© © 2019 Hillsong Church T/A Hillsong Music Australia, under exclusive license to Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

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Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental Acoustic Guitar Songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s – United Guitar Players

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Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental Acoustic Guitar Songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

United Guitar Players

Genre: Instrumental

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Release Date: October 24, 2013

© ℗ 2013 UGP

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Former United Nations Chief & Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kofi Annan Has Died

Kofi Annan visits the Netherlands

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Former United Nations leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died. The Ghanian national served as the UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and later worked on efforts to bring peace to Syria and the surrounding region.

From the Kofi Annan Foundation:

It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days.

Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law.

After stepping down from the United Nations, he continued to work tirelessly in the cause of peace through his chairmanship of the Kofi Annan Foundation and as chair of The Elders, the group founded by Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to young and old alike.

Annan, along with the UN, won the Nobel for humanitarian work in 2001 and that mission remained with him for the rest of his career.

His passion for the development of Ghana and other African nations extended beyond his time as a special envoy for the UN in Syria, and he was involved with a number of organizations covering climate concerns while remaining, as his foundation stated in their loving tribute, a “global statesman” of high regard.

Annan was 80.

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Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States – Part 1: Bread and Roses – Olivier Azam

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Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States – Part 1: Bread and Roses

Olivier Azam

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 0.99

Release Date: October 9, 2017


Between 1900 and 1920, like Howard Zinn's parents, more than 14 million immigrants arrived in the United States. They came fleeing poverty or war, racism or religious persecution. They dreamed of a promised land, of wealth, or simply of a better life. The New World opened its arms wide to the poor and huddled masses of the Old: its unwanted, its fugitives, and even a few utopians… After all, the rapidly expanding industries of the time required cheap labor, and immigrant workers – men, women and children – were easy to exploit. But the same period also saw the birth of organized labor, with its strikes and conflicts, and the appearance of great figures like Emma Goldman, Mother Jones, Eugene Debs and the Wobblies.

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United Nations Food Survey

Last month, a worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: “Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the
food shortage in the rest of the world?”

The survey was a huge failure.

In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant.

In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant.

In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant.

In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant.

In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant.

In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant.

And in the USA they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant.

Received from Steve Sanderson.
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Brothers United Presents Axe:14 – Various Artists

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Brothers United Presents Axe:14

Various Artists

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 2, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Independent

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Why North Korea and the United States are Near War

You might have heard that North Korea and the United States are not getting along. We mock their lack of electricity, they threaten to annihilate us with thermonuclear weapons, that sort of thing.

But why are we enemies?

I’ll sort it all out for you here.

Obviously the largest source of friction is that the United States and North Korea want very different things. And those different things are mutually exclusive. For example, we want to avoid nuclear war and they… okay, they also want to avoid nuclear war. But on most other issues, we want different things.

For example, North Korea doesn’t want the U.S. to invade their country. The United States, on the other hand, wants to invade North Korea about as much as we want rabid porcupines shoved up our asses. I guess you could say we’re on the same page on that too. But that’s only two points of agreement in this whole mess. You have to look at the big picture.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to establish himself as a credible nuclear power, partly for defense, and partly as a vehicle for national pride. So far, they have succeeded on the national pride part. The United States wishes they had not, but we agree it was an impressive achievement. So we’re on the same page about the national pride. They earned it.

Where we differ is that the United States and its ally, South Korea, would like to see a unified Korean peninsula someday, but we realize there is no-way-in-hell it can happen in our lifetimes. North Korea, on the other hand, wants to see a unified Korean peninsula someday, but they realize there is no-way-in-hell it can happen in their lifetimes. If you strip away the magical thinking and hard-wishing, we’re of the same opinion on unification: Nice, but not gonna happen while we’re alive.

Okay, okay, we’re mostly on the same page about all of the stuff I mentioned so far. But consider that North Korea would like to feed its people and grow its economy. The United States would like for them to do that too, so long as they leave us alone. Okay, I guess we’re on the same page there too.

The biggest problem the United States has with North Korea is that Kim Jong Un wants to avoid being killed or deposed and we don’t give a shit about him one way or another so long as he leaves us alone. So I guess we aren’t too far apart on that either, unless we want to be total dicks about it and kill him just for fun. 

One of the biggest sticking points is that the United States has massive military assets in South Korea. North Korea doesn’t like that. Contrast that opinion to the normal citizen in the United States who doesn’t understand why-the-hell we have even one soldier in South Korea. What is the point of it? Are we preparing for the big push to conquer China? (Probably not.) Is South Korea unable to deter an attack from the North? (Not as long as they can afford American weapons systems, and the U.S. still has a navy.) So I guess Kim Jong Un and American voters are mostly on the same side about our presence in South Korea. We all understand that American military presence in South Korea once had a purpose, but not so much in 2017. 

I confess to being under-informed about the situation with North Korea, but it seems to me that the issue boils down to magical thinking about future unification. North Korea wants to be on the winning side of any unification and so does South Korea. The problem is that no one knows how both sides could be the winners

Except for me. This is right in my wheelhouse.

Let me reframe this for you. I won’t change any of the data, just the filter you apply to it.

The situation in North Korea involves a number of what I’d call “real” problems, such as the very real risk of nuclear war, and the very real artillery batteries in North Korea pointed at South Korea. When your security risks are the “real” kind, you hire an experienced military person to deal with it. General Mattis seems to have a good handle on the “real” risks.

Now let’s talk about the stuff that isn’t “real” in any physical sense. The first issue is North Korean national pride. I’m sure any negotiated settlement could keep that intact. For example, having direct talks with the United States would be a point of honor. And one can imagine a negotiated agreement that lets them keep nuclear power for energy while not building any ICBMs. Everyone’s pride stays intact.

But what about all the magical thinking about unification? That requires a magical-thinking solution. That’s where I come in. As a trained persuader, I have a suggested solution. I call it the hundred-year-plan for unification. Both sides would simply agree to work out the details over the next hundred years. The details might include loosening travel, establishing trade, eventual amnesty for leaders, that sort of thing. That way, both sides could claim victory. The victory would be in the imagination of both sides, not in the real world. But it still works, because a change in imagination is all you need to cure magical thinking. And unification in our lifetimes is, for all practical purposes, just magical thinking.

For more details on my 100-year-plan for Korean unification, see this blog post.

For my regular readers, recall that a year ago I was one of the few voices saying Kim Jong Un was rational while most pundits and “experts” were saying he was a total nut job. Today, most “experts” have evolved to my view that Kim Jong Un is a rational player.

Recall also that in 2015 I was one of the first public voices to proclaim candidate Trump was far more than the “clown” the public and pundits widely believed him to be. I mention both cases to bolster my credibility.

In summary, if you have “real” security problems, call General Mattis. But if your problems are in the realm of imagination and magical thinking, call a Master Persuader.

Better yet, elect him president.

Check!

You’re in better hands than you know. 

That doesn’t mean everything will turn out well with North Korea, but it does mean you have the right team in place for the first time, capable of managing both the “real” and the imaginary dimensions. And in Kim Jong Un I suspect we have a negotiating partner who understands all dimensions. 

We are closer to war with North Korea than at any time in recent memory. But we are also closer than we have ever been to a permanent solution. My optimism about North Korea is that for the first time in history we have players on the field who understand the nature of the problem as partly real and partly imaginary, and they have the tools to deal with all of it. I don’t think we’ve had the right people on the job until now.

Have you noticed that our Insulter-in-Chief has been going easy on Kim Jong Un in the verbal sparring? President Trump has been downright respectful.

It isn’t an accident. 

My startup’s app, Approach by WhenHub, is helping hurricane Harvey families and emergency responders in the area locate each other. Our analytics show the app picking up popularity in the flood zone.


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Of Dirt and Grace – Hillsong UNITED

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Of Dirt and Grace

Hillsong UNITED

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2016


OF DIRT AND GRACE—LIVE FROM THE LAND is the 21st album from Hillsong United. They set out to record this album in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the Empires album. The project features live & visual recordings of songs from their “Empires” album in biblically historic locations—Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Empty tomb near Golgotha and more. The band recorded the songs with new interpretations breathing new life to these powerful, worship songs while it transports one to the places Jesus walked on to fulfill His ministry—to be a living representation of God’s love and redemption for man.

© © 2016 Hillsong Church T/A Hillsong Music Australia under exclusive license to Capitol CMG Label Group / Sparrow Records

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A United Kingdom – Amma Asante

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A United Kingdom

Amma Asante

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: February 10, 2017


David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

© © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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The United States of Vinland: The Landing – Colin Taber

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The United States of Vinland: The Landing

Colin Taber

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: March 7, 2013

Publisher: Thought Stream Creative Services

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


What if? What if the descendants of the Vikings who settled Greenland and went on to reach North America around the end of the first millennium had stayed? Five hundred years later, would Christopher Columbus have arrived to the south of an eastern seaboard dotted with centuries old settlements and towns hosting devotees to Thor and Odin? Might the Norse have gone on to build a nation as dominant as the United States of our own world? A thousand years after reaching Greenland, Vinland and Markland, would we still have had two world wars? What might the world look like? Where might the political and religious divides be drawn? This is the New World. *** At the turn of the first millennium: Eskil, orphaned in war, but now a man, is leading his followers to found a settlement dedicated to Asgard’s gods in the newly discovered lands in the west. There, after tests, adventures and challenges, he will leave a legacy that will grow to become the strongest nation the world has ever seen. The Landing is the first book in The United States of Vinland series and is an alternate history that begins the saga with the establishment of the first Markland halls. Welcome to Norse America.

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Whitey: United States of America V. James J Bulger – Joe Berlinger

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Whitey: United States of America V. James J Bulger

Joe Berlinger

Genre: Independent

Price: $ 6.99

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Release Date: June 27, 2014


From Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems.

© © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc. A TimeWarner Company. All rights reserved.

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United 93 – Paul Greengrass

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United 93

Paul Greengrass

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: April 28, 2006


A defining day in our history. It's an event that shook the world. Honest, unflinching and profoundly moving, United 93 tells the unforgettable story of the heroic passengers and crew members who prevented the terrorists from carrying out their plans for the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. As on-ground military and civilian teams scrambled to make sense of the unfolding events, forty people sat down as strangers found the courage to stand up as one.

© © 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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United 93 – Paul Greengrass

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United 93

Paul Greengrass

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 14.99

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Release Date: April 28, 2006


A defining day in our history. It's an event that shook the world. Honest, unflinching and profoundly moving, United 93 tells the unforgettable story of the heroic passengers and crew members who prevented the terrorists from carrying out their plans for the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. As on-ground military and civilian teams scrambled to make sense of the unfolding events, forty people sat down as strangers found the courage to stand up as one.

© © 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Hillsong UNITED: Live In Miami – Hillsong UNITED

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Hillsong UNITED: Live In Miami

Hillsong UNITED

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2012


Creative, diverse and not limited to any one demographic, the heart of Hillsong UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is. Fronted by worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and JD, the team is an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters – all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God. In and out of the studio, on tour or home at Hillsong Church, UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, CONNECT with churches, individuals and ultimately connects people everywhere with God. Live In Miami, was recorded at the American Airlines Arena on August 6, 2011 and captures a raw, authentic worship experience in a stadium filled with thousands of people set on worshipping Jesus Christ. Including such favorites as 'Mighty To Save', 'The Stand' andAftermath', Live In Miami contains 22 songs and over 2 hours of breath-taking moments and inspiring anthems.

© © 2011 Hillsong Music Australia

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Simple Gospel (Live) – United Pursuit


Simple Gospel (Live)
United Pursuit

Release Date:
August 14, 2015
Total Songs:
10

Genre:
Christian & Gospel

Price:
$ 8.99

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℗ 2015 United Pursuit Records


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X2: X-Men United – Bryan Singer

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X2: X-Men United

Bryan Singer

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: May 2, 2003


The evolution continues in the next thrilling adventure in the X-Men saga. In the wake of a shocking attack on the President, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission ever. They must stand united with their deadliest enemies to combat a menace that threatens mankind… and mutantkind.

© © 2003 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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United States Military and Patriotic Favorites: US Marines Classics Vol.1 – United States Marine Band

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United States Military and Patriotic Favorites: US Marines Classics Vol.1

United States Marine Band

Genre: Orchestral

Price: $ 9.90

Release Date: June 29, 2010

© ℗ 2010 2Thumbz Entertainment

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John Philip Sousa’s Greatest Hits – The President’s Own United States Marine Band

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John Philip Sousa’s Greatest Hits

The President’s Own United States Marine Band

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: November 6, 2012

© ℗ 2012 American Patriotic Classics

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Sousa’s Greatest Hits & Some That Should Have Been – United States Marine Band

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Sousa’s Greatest Hits & Some That Should Have Been

United States Marine Band

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 1999

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United Passions – Frédéric Auburtin

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United Passions

Frédéric Auburtin

Genre: Sports

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Release Date: June 5, 2015


Based on the true story of the World Cup's rise to become the largest sporting event in the world. With Sam Neill and Tim Roth, this riveting story is full of pulse pounding soccer action that is a must see for all sports fans.

© © 2014 Leuviah Films. All Rights Reserved

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Pharrell Partners With United Nations for International Happy Day

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The Two Biggest Problems in the United States are Food and Marriage

Here’s the problem with food:

Broccoli is food.

Cake is food.

Those two things are not the same. Broccoli is good for your body and cake is not. When you have two items that are almost opposites, they probably should not have the same name. Would it make sense to have only one word to cover both criminal and victim?

I know you hate big government, so imagine what follows as a thought experiment. Imagine the government passes a law to label all edibles as one of these two categories:

1. Food, or
2. Entertainment (cake, french fries, junk food, candy)

As a parent, it is hard to tell a kid to avoid unhealthy food. My hypothesis is that it would be far easier for both kids and adults to avoid edibles labeled “entertainment.” This idea is inspired by my hypnosis background and my hobbyist understanding of persuasion and psychology.

In the short term, the day after you change the names of things, nothing much would be different. But over time, the different labels would sink into people’s minds and become a substitute for rational thought. In twenty years the idea of turning to “entertainment” because you are hungry will feel silly.

This sort of label change would destroy the fast-food and traditional supermarket industry in about five years. Today a busy parent will take a kid to McDonald’s because it feels as if the convenience outweighs the cost. But I guarantee that if the sign on the door said “entertainment” instead of some suggestion of “food,” every parent in my neighborhood would feel shamed to be seen there. The peer pressure would be overwhelming. If you doubt that, try telling your neighbor you aren’t into recycling and watch the look of horror on his face as he judges you.

Humans are not rational creatures. Words rewire our brains and turn us into different creatures. Normally we have some control over which words are influencing us, and that is a good thing. At the moment, we are being victimized by the word “food.” Realistically, we won’t be able do an exorcism on that word and remove the “entertainment” part because the food industry uses Congress as finger-puppets. That’s why this is just a thought experiment.

But if it could happen….Imagine a world in which most people are eating healthy food. Suddenly everyone looks better to each other, so our social lives and our sex lives are enlivened. Our health expenses drop, and the quality of our lives zooms. I can tell you from experience that when I evolved from a bad diet to a good one, nearly every part of my life improved. And the difference is huge. My body at age 57 is far superior to my body in my twenties primarily because of an improved diet. And I thought I was in good shape in my twenties. Diet isn’t a small thing in your life. It is the main thing, because it shapes your success in every other realm, from sex to business.

Now let’s talk about marriage.

Divorce is one of the most expensive, horrible, and wasteful things a person can experience. It is terrible for the kids, terrible for finances, good for lawyers, bad for employers, etc. Half of marriages end in divorce. And those people typically remarry and either divorce again or, all too often, live unhappily ever after. The entire process is insanely inefficient. 

Unfortunately, in 2015, marriage is probably the best system we have for raising kids. But as a thought experiment, imagine that the government removes all laws favoring marriage. You get no tax breaks, no nothing. And instead the government encourages people to set up alternative social systems that solve the problems of divorce.

How do you solve the divorce problem? Ask any economist. It is quite easy. I’ll give you a solution in one word: diversification.

In marriage, if something bad happens to one person, or one person becomes a jerk, the system breaks. Any engineer will tell you that is a poorly designed system. But if, for example, you had a small tribe of people cooperating for mutual interest, a bad day for one of them wouldn’t be a death blow for the tribe. If your love interest hates you today, you have three others on call. If you get sick and need childcare, there are ten people ready to help.

Don’t have time to exercise because of driving kids around? That’s no problem if your tribe has some designated after-school drivers. Is it hard to buy and prepare healthy food? No problem if some members of your tribe are great cooks and like cooking in bulk.

I won’t design a full alternative to marriage here because people are different and one solution does not fit all. The main idea is that marriage is perhaps the biggest economic problem in the country that isn’t food-related. Marriage made sense in old-timey days. But with the help of the Internet it would make more sense for people to organize around what works instead of what we know does not.

You will be tempted to point out in the comments that hippy communes didn’t catch on. I’m not talking about poorly-engineered hippy communes. That’s like comparing a Model-T to a Tesla. I think that with some creative thinking, and maybe some experimenting, society could develop modern alternatives to marriage that remove the divorce problem.

I hear whispers that these sorts of arrangements are already happening, but because non-monogamy is shamed, you don’t hear much about it. Marriage will go away eventually, as all bad systems do. Single people recently became the majority in this country. Can we speed it up?

Scott

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