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Complexity & Constraints

The world is a complex place, but you wouldn’t guess that from listening to most politicians or mainstream news shows.  The articles below offer evidence why one cannot rationally suggest policies as simple as “We should do away with the government let … Continue reading →

Centrist Politics: Anthology

Collected readings on alternatives to the tired “left vs. right” dichotomy. There’s a lot of room between the alt-right and the alt-left, between Trumpian authoritarianism and Sanders socialism.  [Brooks 29-Nov-16] Why Rural America Voted for Trump by Robert Leonard, 5-Jan-17 (http://nyti.ms/2j73kY3) … Continue reading →

Gonçalves 2003: Herding Financial Market

“Artificial Financial Market” by Carlos Pedro Gonçalves, NetLogo User Community Models, 01-Dec-03, http://bit.ly/2gQ6bro Much of text-book financial theories are based upon the “efficient market hypothesis” where we assume that all agents have complete information and make perfectly rational decisions.  Within … Continue reading →

Alpert 2016: Glut

“GLUT: The U.S. Economy and the American Worker in the Age of Oversupply” by Daniel Alpert, Third Way, 04-Apr-16, http://bit.ly/1U52X0. Unemployment, the lack of growth, the continued falling share of labor as a percent of GDP are the result of … Continue reading →

Smart Government: Anthology

David Brooks once mentioned on the PBS Newshour that the debate over “big governement” vs. “no government” needs to evolve to a dialog about “smart government.”   To that end, this page lists works pointing to the best definitions of that terms … Continue reading →

Thomas Edsall: Anthology

Selected articles (in reverse chronological order) by Thomas Edsall, frequent guest columnist for The New York Times.  Edsall, a professor of journalism at Columbia University and author of “The Age of Austerity,” typically provides in-depth analysis of  demographic and strategic … Continue reading →

Burt: American Hysteria

American Hysteria: The Untold Story of Mass Political Extremism in the U.S. by Andrew Burt,  May 2015 From the publisher: Details the pivotal moments in American political history when outliers moved to the center, capturing the national spotlight and turning fringe … Continue reading →