Jeff Till’s Five Hundred Years

The Worst Year for GDP, Unemployment and Income Inequality Ever

A Political and Economic Tragedy in One Part   In 2056, the United States of America fell into a severe economic crisis. Government economists realized some horrific news: the GDP, the key measure of the nation’s productivity, growth and wealth, had plummeted nearly 90% from the prior year. To make matters worse, statistics showed that the gap in wealth inequality had multiplied to unthinkable scales, leaving only a few individuals with massive stores.. Read More

A Complete Case for Home Education (54 Arguments)

Listen to the audio production (96 mb, approx 1 hour): 0001_Complete_case_for_home_education-FHY Download and print PDF:  Comprehensive case for home education v 1-0     Introduction In many ways, public school is terrible for educating children. Fortunately, there is an alternative to public schooling known as home education, or more commonly known as homeschooling, where children do not attend a school with its tedious and oppressive routines and instead take a customized, self-directed approach to.. Read More

The Power and Worthlessness of Knowledge

“Knowledge is power,” so they say. And it’s true. Knowledge translates directly into earning potential and influence. A person who doesn’t know much of anything can barely get a job at the minimum wage. A person who has more of the right knowledge can earn more. And a person with a lot of the right knowledge earns even more. They can become authorities. But most knowledge is absolutely worthless. For example, knowing how.. Read More

Partisan Dog Poop Gourmets

Imagine of group of like-minded people who thought of themselves as fine, gourmet chefs who make delicious and creative food. They strive to be the best cooks preparing the best food available anywhere. But instead of practicing new cooking techniques, trying new ingredients or working to improve their own recipes, they walk around the yard tasting bites of dog shit. And every time they put the hot disgusting mess in their mouth, they.. Read More

The Work/Identity Problem

A job title will seldom define who a person is. Yet, enter any cocktail party, have casual conversation with a new acquaintance, have a first date, or have someone explain “who they are” and most people will likely respond, in some regard, with their job title i.e., the task they do to earn money to pay bills. Many – maybe most – people feel like their reason or justification for being is largely defined by what they.. Read More

Marriage Without Authority

(This was a wedding ceremony of sorts I wrote for two friends, describing the significance of marriage in non-religious terms and without the government.)   The Two Declarations and Thoughts on the Wedding and Getting Married. I want to thank all of our speakers, what wonderful friends to have! We are going to begin our vow and ring exchange shortly. I’m personally overjoyed that Chris and Isabelle are having a wedding and are.. Read More

Not Thinking About Free Will

(Note first published near the publication of Sam Harris’ “Free Will’.  This note was a personal correspondence with a friend who, like I, really like Harris’ work.  Since writing this I’ve heard quite a bit more analysis on Free Will and Determinism via FreeDomain Radio.  My perspectives haven’t changes much.) Mini book report of Sam Harris’ “Free Will” prepared mostly as a note to Chris Beck While I thought his ideas on punishment.. Read More

RomneyCare and ACA: This Time It’ll Be Different

(First written on the announcement of the passing of the ACA) RE: HEALTHCARE BILL / My own Romneycare experience Congratulations to the uncovered 15 MM people, the donut-holers, the pre-existers, et al.  You will get something very valuable at an incredible price point. Congratulations to those who have the worldview that we should have a zero failure rate in healthcare, that the poor should get quality healthcare with dignity, and that nobody should.. Read More

Why Get Married

(My first chance with coming up for objective, non-religion reasons for marriage in a ceremony speech at an atheist wedding.)   “Why should people get married?” It may seem like a stupid or dangerous question to ask here and now. What if we’re not satisfied with the answer? After all, the cake has been frosted, the dress has been hemmed, the champagne has been bought. Fortunately, the answer is a good one. Also, I.. Read More