A Blog Recomendation

If you haven’t heard of ~synthesis~ yet, don’t feel bad.  I came across this blog only earlier this week.  I only found out about it because I was looking through Time.com’s 25 best blogs of 2009 article.  The blog is written by Shafeen Charania, a Tanzanian born Canadian who lives in the NW United States.  This guy is incredibly sharp…some of the blogs are way over my head.  I also should warn you that he does not write quick, pithy blogs but they are definitely worth the time and attention.

Today he just finished writing a blog called “Oversight or Insight” critiquing the United States for trying to control how things are being done instead of creating incentives for smarter, better equipped people to do it for the government.   It’s time we as Americans not just elect someone we agree with but elect someone who can create systems that achieve actual change.  Shafeen’s blog spells out some really simple, direct ways we can bring reform to the government. Check it out, I think you’ll enjoy it!



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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

7 responses to “A Blog Recomendation”

  1. Katy says :

    That’s who W promised to be before 9/11.

  2. traviskolder says :

    I’m kinda confused…help me understand…

  3. Katy says :

    It was just an observation. You said, “It’s time we as Americans not just elect someone we agree with but elect someone who can create systems that achieve actual change.”

    You’re describing who Bush promised to be before he got sidetracked by terrorism. He argued that terrorism has changed all of that.

  4. traviskolder says :

    Yeah…I guess terrorism changed a lot of stuff. I think it changed all of us in a lot more ways than we’d care to admit.

    I don’t think, however, that it changes our need for real, fundamental change that encourages less reliance on the government for all of our answers. Bear in mind, I don’t think your saying that either.

    I think we all underestimate a little bit the effect that the pressure and the power of the White House has on an individual. We cannot know what a person will do once they get there if they have never been there. It’s just impossible. The best we can do is vote wisely and pray that God will have His way with the person who He puts in office, whether we agree with that person or not.

  5. Katy says :

    Agreed. Which I think is rare for us when it comes to politics. Are you familiar with libertarian beliefs? Ron Paul?

  6. traviskolder says :


    I have heard of Ron Paul and Libertarians. I’m not horribly well informed to be honest. My impression, and please keep in mind this is only an impression, is that they seem stand-offish…not really willing to get involved in much of the process…which in mind has limited much of their ability to get much accomplished. I have to say though, that after the guy I voted for in the primaries, Ron Paul was probably the guy that I felt I could agree with on the highest number of things.

  7. Katy says :

    You should learn more about it/them… It’s not really about being standoffish, it’s about being pragmatic and doing what works and what is morally right. Being uninvolved is not only more constitutional, it’s the only path that is economically feasible if you believe in free markets, and many Christians argue it is the only way to keep religion free from Government. I first learned about it when I lived in New York. A guy there named Shadrack’s dad was heavily involved. I’m not totally on board in every aspect, but much of it makes a lot of sense.

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