Jan. 6, 2021 wasn’t a new phenomenon in America; it has powerful historical antecedents deeply entrenched in the American psyche.

By Robert M. Herzog

The Jan. 6th Capitol assault was not unique in American history. Nor were its protagonists, the underlying issues it raised, the allegiance to falsehoods and racist white supremacy, and its implications for the heart of a United States of democracy.

In 1854, Kansas was a seething cauldron of discord over the issue of slavery. The state was granted the right to determine if it would allow slavery, as did neighboring Missouri, or forbid it. Lawrence, Kansas…

Patti Smith at City Winery

Reopening the City, yay!

There comes a certain point in life when the knees ache on a once-easy walk that the biggest wish is for nothing more than for things to be restored to the way they were. So it was with a mixture of pleasure and relief to hear Patti Smith playing in person at the newly renovated City Winery flagship site on Pier 57 to a reduced but very appreciative audience. …

WTF is Happening?

Or, Two Years Before the Blast

By Robert M. Herzog

Think they’re going to reach across the aisle?

Have a vegetarian in your family, or a friend who is one? When you invite them for dinner (remember those days) I’ll bet you went out of your way to make food they would be willing to eat. Without comment on its lineage.

Here’s a question. Did they do the same for you? (Some do, but most…)

There’s nothing like self-righteous certainty to cut you off from your fellow human.

It seems like there have been countless articles, news stories, analyses from liberal-oriented media trying to understand…

by Robert M. Herzog, a pragmatic humanist

A practical philosophy for finding contentment in scary, changing times

1. Get over yourself

a. Origins aren’t determinate

b. Look at how long hatred lasts and assess if you are buying in to it

c. Stop judging, start accepting

d. what really affects you

e. there is a common weal, and the higher it’s quotient, the better off you are

2. Let go of whatever binds you

3. Just say yes

4. Fundamentalists are bad news, here and there. Fundamentalists think they have all the answers because they don’t ask any questions.


Early Days for the Early Stage and Startup

The Hour Glass Theory of Early Stage Company Development

by Robert M. Herzog, Managing Partner, Alchemy Value Services

Okay. You’ve had the idea. You’ve developed it. You’ve PowerPointed it, you’ve Angel Listed it, you’ve presented and presented and presented.

And somebody bit.

You’ve raised your first real funding and are raring to take off. You’ve got your product concept down, you’ve figured out your MVP, your product-market fit, checked off every box. You put it out there.

Well, the world, it appears, wasn’t breathlessly waiting for it. You get a few responses, not a lot of follow-up, and you’re starting to worry. Suddenly burn rate isn’t so abstract.


The Problem of Inaccessibility, or, Why Won’t They Just Listen??

by Robert M. Herzog

“A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. lie la lie.”

Paul Simon, The Boxer

But still. I have to admit, I can’t fathom the Trump voter. Yes, I keep reading attempts to understand them. They are aggrieved, they hate having to pay for something that someone else gets for free, they distrust the other, they wanted somebody who ostensibly told it like it is, disrupted a status quo they felt was not acknowledging them. Someone who sticks it to the man. …

When the Shell Cracked

The Fragmentation of America

Robert M. Herzog

I. Are we living permanently in Humpty-Dumpty land, or is there a path to rejoining the pieces?

We have recently been treated to multiple, sharply contrasting visions of America. The Democrats’ perception of themselves, and their assessment of Republicans. The Republicans’ representation of themselves and their view of Democrats. The viewpoints driving Black Lives Matter, contrasted with armed militias roaming public streets. If we were writing a term paper, the next phase would be: compare and contrast. Whew!

From Donald Trump to Black Lives Matter, from grotesque income inequality…

The Tyranny of the Minority

Like Saddam Hussein’s Baaths, a minority party is imposing its narrow beliefs on the majority of our country. When the majority of popular votes for President, and the collective voters in the states, are consistently overridden, it brings into question the legitimacy of the governing, a gap that is a recipe for authoritarianism or insurrection.

The failure to cope with a minority elected president establishing a Supreme Court of party-line conservatives imposing a minority’s vision for the nation is simply the latest expression of a fundamental issue that has been a growing plague in the…

It hearkens to an earlier day, but is all about the people in power socking it to those who have the audacity to defy them

by Robert M. Herzog

“Walk, walk, walk,” people chanted as the tear gas first exploded. You wanted to run, get away from it, but that only increased inhalation and made it worse for everybody.

We ended up bunched along the same tiers where Martin Luther King had proclaimed he had a dream a long time ago, only now we were surrounded by opaque smoke that narrowed my world down to the next step in front…

Don’t be surprised when manmade catastrophes strike!

by Robert M. Herzog

It would almost be comforting to think that the coronavirus pandemic and in particular the many faceted inept response to it, was a chaotic event, springing unpredictably out of nowhere. There’s a branch of mathematics called chaos theory which, much as it sounds, says that every now and then something occurs which is unexpected, non-linear, can’t be extracted from past performance, flies off the charts. But the sad fact is that America has suffered through catastrophic failures of management in this country repeatedly.

These failures cut across party and ideological lines, propelled by a commonality of…

Robert M. Herzog

Published author exploring they dynamics of America, in Views from the Side Mirror: Essaying America, and novel, A World Between, see my writing at thezog.com

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