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Vacation Time: Europe!

2.  GETTING READY This trip had actually been sorta vaguely planned for about a year from now, after my wife and I had sold our house.  However, our daughters returned from Germany earlier than we had expected and graciously agreed … Continue reading

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Vacation Time: Europe!

1.  STATEMENT OF INTENT OK, change of pace here.  How about May and June in not-Trump land?  (Well, the jury is still out on Fwonce.  We’ll know more on May 7.)  How about a brief, ground-level look at France, Italy, … Continue reading

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Sounding the Alarm

Intoduction With Apologies to our followers: We haven’t posted here in a while. However, we have been busy. JMH has lately been posting articles on Daily Kos, a series on distributional macroeconomics and the inequality problem. The series has begun … Continue reading

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The Big Lie: Reaganomics

Opposition to the Trump regime is surfacing rapidly. The most recent issue of Rolling Stone (February 25 – March 9, 2017) features an interview with John Oliver, discussing his plans for “Last Week Tonight” in this first year of Trump’s administration. … Continue reading

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“Normalizing” Trump: The Great Escape (From Reality)

I write this post at the end of 2016. Today is New Year’s Eve, and I reflect on surviving my 72nd birthday and another Christmas.  The holidays have been relatively nice, enjoyed with family and friends. There was a fresh … Continue reading

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The Great Correction

Most Americans are at least apprehensive, and many of us are terrified, by the prospect of the upcoming Donald Trump presidency. These fears are justified. People who voted for him did so despite his lack of experience or leadership skills, … Continue reading

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Bad News on the Doorstep

This line, from the song “American Pie” by Don McLean , instantly popped into my head when I sat down to read the morning papers on Monday, December 5, 2016. A Google search for “Bad News on the Doorstep” will … Continue reading

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Trump’s Presidency and Our Economic Future: Part II – The Bitter Fruits of Misplaced Faith

  On October 9, 2013, in a blog article entitled “Ignorance is Death,” I discussed the vast public ignorance about economics and the extreme danger inherent in GOP policies (here), I wrote: The fruits of ignorance are truly amazing. In … Continue reading

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Trump’s Presidency and Our Economic Future: Part 1 – The Election’s Import

  Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton has thrown traditional political analysis into fits of frenzied confusion. Although it is just beginning, analysis is already marked by high levels of fear and anger on the left, and of enthusiasm … Continue reading

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The True and the Untrue: Reflections on WestWorld

Halloween 2016 has just arrived, to be followed in a week with a very scary election day. The impression that we may be choosing between life and imminent death and destruction is nurtured by the TV advertising from both sides. … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Truth About Politics

The preceding post began with a little-noticed quotation from Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention: “I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should.” We saw in … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Truth About Economics

This post, and a follow-up post, are about the extremely dangerous economic and political predicament of the United States in 2016. With regard to our economic situation, the danger of another crash, and a complete collapse into another Great Depression … Continue reading

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The Grizzly Political Cost of Bad Economics

After Thursday night’s debate in Brooklyn between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, analysis focused mainly on candidate attitude and demeanor. How did each candidate perform? Was Sanders too sarcastic? Was Clinton too evasive? The reality is that strong language, frequent … Continue reading

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Economic Decline and the Failure of Politics in 2016

I’m over seventy years old, and in my view the 2016 election cycle is easily the strangest, and probably the most historically significant, of my lifetime.  The U.S and world economic and political situation is more dangerous today than it … Continue reading

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Phony Progressives? The Fraudulent Attack on the Sanders Economic Plan

In my last post I argued that Hillary Clinton, under the acknowledged influence of Paul Krugman, wrongly attacks the Sanders campaign on the ground that a hard line stand against inequality is bad “political strategy.” That’s Krugman the politician talking, … Continue reading

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