Charles D. Hayes

About Charles D. Hayes

Author and publisher Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and an impassioned advocate for lifelong learning. At age 17, he dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Marines. After four years of duty, he became a police officer in Dallas, Texas, and later he moved to Alaska, where he has worked for more than 35 years in the oil industry. In 1987, Hayes founded Autodidactic Press, “committed to lifelong learning as the lifeblood of democracy and the key to living life to its fullest.”
Contact the author at
Charles@autodidactic.com
http://www.autodidactic.com/
http://www.septemberuniversity.org/
http://self-university.blogspot.com/
http://septemberuniversity.blogspot.com/"

American Wealth Inequality

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Charles Hayes: Corporations have bought the right to employ people permanently in lifetime jobs at serf wages, with government subsidies, and they are able to deflect criticism by shouting clichés and platitudes about freedom.

Science and Our Brains on Politics

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Brain Political Views: People whose natural predisposition has been overwhelmed by their culture are very likely to be the most extreme partisans on the left or right.

Missing Rungs? Flip the Ladder

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Broken Economic System — Disrespect comes as a moral tax; we Americans pay it over time with compound interest that manifests as contempt.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Reading As a Remedy for Racial Bias

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Charles D. Hayes: I grew up with a sheltered worldview much in agreement with the same politics and prejudices of my community. It was a world of black-and-white notions of morality, and it was a literal interpretation of racial superiority that white was right. But reading Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail changed my reality.

We’re All Born to Deny Reality

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Charles Hayes: Unless we are threatened with imminent annihilation or given a short time to live, we are predisposed to perceive of the future as something open-ended and unlimited, regardless of our age. We are loath to admit our existence is finite.

Rugged Individualism Myth

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Rugged Individualism — When aself-indulgence overrides self-restraint, the goodwill that made this country a place of envy disintegrates.

Hating the Government Bandwagon

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Charles Hayes: Children who relish autonomy and are drawn to novelty grow up to be politically liberal, and those who are fearful, wary, anxious, and distrustful about change and uncertainty grow up to be conservatives.

America’s Adult Learning Crisis

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Charles Hayes: Low-information citizens get much of their authoritative sense of virtue from a stream of hearsay and contemptuous innuendo coming from those with whom they already identify.

The False Allure of Gridlock

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Charles Hayes: When ideology becomes immersed in identity and fuses with the notion that we are right simply because of who we are, the process is no longer democratic.

Racism Egregiously Misunderstood

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Charles Hayes: A common mistake in characterizing the nature of prejudice is to attempt to describe it as a conscious sense of awareness—a front-page choice that requires overt acknowledgment.

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

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Charles Hayes: What has disturbed me about public discourse today, especially in social media, is my sense that it mostly serves as an echo chamber.

The Residue of Honor

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Charles Hayes: A genuine sense of moral objectivity becomes possible only when we delve deeply into the genealogy of our beliefs and discover things that, had we known earlier, would likely have caused us to honorably change our viewpoint.

CEOs Assert the License to Loot

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Charles Hayes: No doubt there are many CEOs with good management skills, but it is a stretch far beyond credulity to say their special expertise is worthy of the right to loot a public enterprise and to persist in doing so even when the venture is losing money.

Movies and Memories of Our Racist Past

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Charles Hayes: What 42 makes crystal clear is how shallow and superficial the strain of contempt is that enables and sustains racism as prejudice is handed down from one generation to the next.

Wingnuts of America, I Salute You

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Charles Hayes: American demographics are changing the political landscape toward a more thoughtful and tolerant society. If the radical Right persists with its vitriol, their political party will soon be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

Alzheimer’s: The Approaching Gray Asteroid

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Charles Hayes: Alzheimer’s is off the charts for both victims and caregivers. Both are wounded. Caregivers live shorter lives because of the emotional toll. My grandmother took care of my grandfather at home, and the cost to her own health was enormous.

Putting Worldviews in Perspective

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Charles Hayes: A willingness to learn can trump our predisposition to act tribally and selfishly. It can dispel our mistrust of those whose politics, religions, traditions, and lifestyles we’ve not previously made an effort to understand.

Indifference Can Destroy a Nation

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Charles D. Hayes: Devoid of compassion, mainstream indifference is a hostile, authoritative, and testosterone-laden environment where the weak are ridiculed and the poor are held in contempt.

An Exploitation Tax Is Past Due

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Charles D. Hayes: Many full-time employees of some of America’s largest employers need government assistance, including food stamps. Guess who picks up the tab?

America in Decline

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Charles D. Hayes: A plethora of new books suggest America has entered a state of rapid decline. Here are three worth considering.

Time for Political Depolarization

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Charles Hayes: When the hot-button issues that divide us become the preoccupation of media in order to gain audience share, the result is intense demographic polarization.

Conservative Revisionist History

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Charles Hayes: It’s an old cliché to say that victors write the history of their times, but the opportunists who take full advantage of these biased histories are the ones to keep an eye on.

Political Ads Work If Citizens Don’t

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Charles Hayes: If most Americans lived up to Thomas Jefferson’s expectations about attaining the knowledge required of citizenship, thirty-second political ads would be a waste of money.

Matters of Life and Death

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Charles D. Hayes: We’d do anything to protect our combat soldiers but when their loved one’s at home who can’t afford medical insurance? Do we raise taxes? Send forth doctors and surgeons dressed in fatigues?

Job Creator Mythology

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Charles Hayes: Employers are more like crop harvesters than job creators. Harvesters don’t work unless something needs reaping, likewise most companies don’t hire unless there is money to be made

Ryan, Rand, Romney

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Charles Hayes: The hate your government virus has become the bubonic plague of American politics. Thanks largely to Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, the ghost of Ayn Rand is spooking the electorate.

Social Media: Meaning or Madness?

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Charles Hayes: Increasingly I see young people (and some not so young) spending their days flitting this way and that, like subatomic particles being moved by unseen forces, while focused on a hand-held gadget.

Do You Have Ideas, or Do Ideas Have You?

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Charles Hayes: What could be more disturbing than to discover that your life’s goals and ambitions are the result of an ideology about which you remain unaware?

Preparing Not To Forget

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Charles Hayes: The gradual slide into dementia that my own parents experienced serves as a constant reminder about what can happen when one gives up rigorous thinking.

Ideological Amplification: When Ideology Turns Toxic

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Charles Hayes: Ideological amplification in politics is analogous to conflict-ridden emotion on steroids: the only purpose served is to move each side further and further apart.

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