Monthly Archives: September 2012

We’re All Makers and Takers by Ravi Agrawal

Is it my imagination or did the conservative media and commentators mainly react to the Mitt Romney 47% speech with emotional rhetoric about how right he was about the makers and the takers; while the so called by conservatives ‘liberal … Continue reading

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I Like Ike: Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969)

I have just finished Jean Edward Smith’s excellent biography: Eisenhower in War and Peace. It made me reflect on how far right the Republican Party has come since his time in office and how destructive that extremism is for the … Continue reading

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We Are Now One Year Away from Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

There is a really interesting piece by Brian Merchant on the complex systems research around food prices and global rioting in Mother Board at http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/9/10/we-are-now-one-year-and-counting-from-global-riots-complex-systems-theorists-say–2 I like the interesting data and the fact that they are making a prediction with … Continue reading

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What I Really Think of Mitt Romney’s 47% Speech

Someone asked me what I thought of Mitt Romney’s recently leaked speech vilifying the 47% who don’t pay Federal Income Tax. Well apart from thinking it a fine piece of political kamikaze, morally I replied: What Mitt Romney ignored when … Continue reading

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Look How Far We Have Come Apart by Jonathan Haidt and Marc Hetherington

There is a really interesting piece in the New York Times the other day by my friend Jon Haidt and Marc Hetherington on the polarization of US politics. Warning: it has data and is not just gut prejudice so may … Continue reading

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Why Men Fail by David Brooks

There is an article with I think profound implications in today’s New York Times by David Brooks. I think this may partly explain the major difference in voting intentions in the coming Presidential elections between men (who are rigidly resisting … Continue reading

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The End of US Economic Growth? By Robert Gordon

There is a great article by Robert Gordon in 3Quarks Daily today that suggests that US economic growth is over. You can read the whole article (and I strongly suggest you do tax your attention span in that way) at:  … Continue reading

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