Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Real Cost of Inequality in the USA: Stagnating Growth

There is a really interesting piece in the conservative US News and World Report by Barry Brodwin about the real cost of rising inequality in the USA suggesting the real costs of inequality are in economic growth. Once an advanced economy … Continue reading

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The Real Free Riders: the Neo-Feudal Rich

One of the interesting problems in economics and indeed in conflict, is the problem of free riders, those who exploit the economic system in their own self interest at the expense of everyone else. The Republicans think that the free … Continue reading

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

Good to be reminded what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 said and how relevant it still is: In full at: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

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Shock News: US Federal Government Agencies Popular!

The Tea Party and Republicans for years have made a big myth about how unpopular the Federal Government is, yet here is polling data to show how much more popular Federal Agencies are than Congress: even the IRS almost breaks … Continue reading

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29 Million Slaves in the World

I keep being stunned by the idea that there are now more slaves in the world numerically than ever before: forced laborers, sex slaves, prisoners in gulags and just plain slaves: note that there are less than five thousand each … Continue reading

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Otto von Bismarck’s (1815-1898) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Having just quoted from Otto von Bismarck, I thought it time we did one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips on him: People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election Anyone who … Continue reading

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The Strongest Country in the World?

Hmmm maybe this insight that may or may not have come from 19th century German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck (many of the best quotes are hard to connect to those who said them or as Albert Einstein said: “There are … Continue reading

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