Daily Archives: July 2, 2012

You’re Another: Ad Hominem Arguments as a Substitute for Real Debate

Someone I correspond with on line, recently introduced me to the term ‘Ad Hominem‘ (literally ‘to the man‘): in its definition: ‘Dealing with an opponent by attacking their character instead of answering their arguments.’ And no sooner I had I … Continue reading

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American Addiction to High Cost Health Care with Limited Results

I enjoyed this article by Stanton Peele on American addiction to high cost health care. It breaks the pattern of recent debates on Obamacare by focusing on the real issue: rising costs without rising results. Addiction—the thematic malady for our … Continue reading

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The story of the housing crash recession that politicians don’t want to tell by Dean Baker

I liked this article from Real World Economics by Dean Baker, mainly because it is data driven and uncovers in the process some interesting data, though I would have liked more numbers. The economy is certain to occupy center stage … Continue reading

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Reading the UK Riots: the Rioters View

As promised, here is an article on the rioters view of the UK riots last year. Guardian-LSE study of riots – involving hundreds of interviews with participants – reveals deep antipathy towards officers Our team collected more than 1.3m words … Continue reading

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Reading the UK Riots: the Police View

There is an interesting article in today’s UK Guardian newspaper on a project called ‘Reading the Riots’ which involves interviewing rioters and police involved in last year’s riots in England. Here is the article summarizing the second phase of interviewing … Continue reading

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