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Too Schematic, Nevertheless, Livingry

You don’t think Buckminster Fuller’s idea that the problem is just one of mismanagement and lack of distribution and lack of intelligent use of the available energy makes sense? GB:I don’t really believe that, no. Because I don’t think the … Continue reading

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Anti-Hayek

No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie … Continue reading

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Dim Propositions

My jaw figuratively drops at the varieties of ‘Maker & Moocher’ arguments. Unemployment bumps up by 50% and suddenly there are 50% more takers too lazy to find a job. Ridiculous. In the mid-terms we will hear the 47% argument … Continue reading

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Object Lesson in Public Lunacy

One of the interesting features of our contemporary media culture is that groups of (what may be called) very serious people are convened to publicize their willful and shameless individual effort to pretend absolutely no one in the audience can … Continue reading

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Rich Risks

In 1997, the last year for which there was solid research done on the subject, 42 percent of the Forbes 400 richest Americans made the list through probate. This lies at the heart of our plutonomy thesis: that the rich … Continue reading

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The Individual Problem

Carl Gustav Jung and Friedrich Hayek. I had occasion to contribute to the Jung-Circle discussion group the following cut from The Symbolic Life, and, with it, this comment: “It would be a worthwhile study to investigate the definite, and considerable, … Continue reading

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The Rich Return

What haunts the Obama administration is what still haunts the country: the stunning lack of accountability for the greed and misdeeds that brought America to its gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There has been no legal, moral, or … Continue reading

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A Few More Dots

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Moral Hazard and the Laughing Gangsters

Making sense of the financial meltdown. There is positive explanatory viewpoint and various idealized viewpoints. About this latter froth of blame-casting, I term such viewpoints normative-mythic.  The first viewpoint would be concerned with the actual mechanics of the meltdown. Opposite … Continue reading

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Fairy Dust

The story the “cut-now-and-grow” lobby wants to tell depends not on arithmetic, but on what Krugman calls the confidence fairy (she’s good) and the crowding-out troll (he’s bad). In a tight budget environment like today’s, politicians love the fairy because … Continue reading

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Socks on the Psyche

I went to the other day to the local bog box shoe store to see if they had a good price on socks. (This was after I dropped my worn out inventory off at the EPA.) As it turned out … Continue reading

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What’s the Matter With Wisconsin

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Fossils of Fuel

Ghosts in the Hollow from Jim Lo Scalzo on Vimeo. Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I … Continue reading

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When Patriots Knew What They Were Talking About

I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. (Thomas Paine. The Age of Reason 1794) restored scene from the musical 1776. via … Continue reading

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Just Sayin’

In 2001, a PowerBook G4 would have set you back $3500. Suppose instead that you had purchased $3500 in Apple stock instead of the computer…that stock would now be worth about $110,000. Even an original iPod’s worth in AAPL ($399) … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

  x WND FREEDOM INDEX POLL 1 in 4 Americans censoring thoughts under Obama Confidence in constitutional liberties plunges further still Posted: March 27, 2010 11:50 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily  Editor’s note: This is another in … Continue reading

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Sheep In Sheep’s Clothing

Thinking modern day Fabians are dangerous plotters is akin to believing we’d be doomed should the YWCA and WMCA join forces. (from the video) Communitarianism centers around the belief that individualism is to be relinquished for the “greater good” of … Continue reading

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The Loop

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Lisa Miller. (My elderly mom didn’t laugh when I joked Ms. Miller ‘looks like she could have graduated from Bryn Mawr,’ my mom’s alma mater.) In this clip, … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Image

The Shadow that the Future Throws Text based on a conversation between Nathan Gardels and Ivan Illich in 1989 Now, nearly two decades [after 1969] later, a woeful sense of imbalance has dawned on the common sense. The destruction of … Continue reading

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Wonderland

Just in case, you were wondering… Tea Party Mission: Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed … Continue reading

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