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The Banality of Trump

Hannah Arendt observing the architect of the Holocaust Adolf Eichmann on trial in Jerusalem coined the phrase “the banality of evil”. Watching Trump, I think “the evil of banality”… Memo: Definition of Banality: “the fact or condition of being banal, … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby Curve: Inequality and Social Mobility by Country

An interesting graphic from Bloomberg Business Week:

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In Memory of Kenneth Arrow (1921-2017)

The great American economist Kenneth Arrow, whose work has often been misused, died last month. A great modeler, yes, but also an economist who never forgot on what assumptions the models were based. One of his deeper insights: “A democratic … Continue reading

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Zen Koan for the Real Populists not the Plutocracy’s Puppet Populists

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Darwin’s Golden Rule

I really like this approach, by the great author of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin (1809-1892), for overcoming Confirmation Bias, our tendency to cherry pick data or information that supports our pre-existing ideas and prejudices and ignore or conveniently … Continue reading

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Troubling Warnings from the 1930s by Edward Luce

Great though dark piece in today’s UK Financial Times by Edward Luce “When people strike comparisons with Hitler — or Munich — I usually reach for my earplugs. The same applies to the Great Depression. There is nothing on today’s … Continue reading

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US Gun Deaths by County

Interesting to see US gun deaths mapped by county. Basically it shows higher gun deaths per 100,000 in the rural South and West and than cities, but lower in rural areas in the Mid-West and New England. Interesting cultural differences … Continue reading

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