Monthly Archives: October 2012

The American People Have Spoken on their Needs

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Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Mitt Romney

I thought it was time this blog was a bit more bi-partisan and showed less liberal bias. So here goes: the Top Ten Reasons to Vote for Mitt Romney: You are a hedge fund manager making millions and value his … Continue reading

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Our Brains are Very Emotional and Not Much Good at Stats

Our brains work and filter in interesting ways. We are rightly incensed by the murder of over 3000 innocent people by terrorists in 9/11 and spent $3 trillion on two wars to respond, though ultimately how successful they were I … Continue reading

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Economists: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Great piece in today’s Real World Economics from Dean Baker that is especially applicable to our free market fundamentalists from the Chicago School, who don’t seemed to have learned anything from the recent financial crisis. http://rwer.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/the-wrecking-society-economics-today/ There is an old … Continue reading

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What Must We Do in Scoundrel Times?

For some reason the Mitt Romney campaigns reminds me of the tension between two pieces of advice which I can quite get out of my head: ‘In scoundrel times good men cultivate their gardens’  Which I think is from the … Continue reading

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The Price of a Fifty Year Old Myth About the Cuban Missile Crisis

There is a very good article of crucial significance in the New York Times to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. I have often used this crisis in my conflict teaching and Michael Dobbs … Continue reading

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The Self Destruction of the 1%

  Gianni Dagli Orti/Art Resource A painting of 17th-century Venice, with a view of the banks of the Grand Canal and the Doge’s Palace, by Leandro Bassano. There is an interesting article in the New York Times today by Chrystia … Continue reading

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This Blog’s Global Reach

Thanks to Word Press’s excellent tool that shows geographical coverage of those reading my blog, I can tell you that this blog is read in almost every country on earth with the following exceptions that in themselves are interesting: China … Continue reading

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Keynes Through the Lens of Marx

There is an interesting piece on Keynes and Marx in Real World Economics today on the role of material interest in distorting economics in ways that Marx would understand but Keynes could not. Robert Skidelsky, Keynes’s biographer, presents a useful criticism … Continue reading

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The Myth US Racial Integration

There is a good piece in today’s UK Guardian on the myth of US racial integration by Paul Harris Barack Obama supporters celebrate at his presidential win in 2008. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images Barack Obama‘s election win in 2008 was … Continue reading

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