Category Archives: Perspectives

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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The Trickle-Down Nightmare

In my retirement, I have devoted myself to the investigation of income and wealth inequality, and in the process acquired a distributional perspective on how modern market economies actually work. When I began this project, I soon realized that it … Continue reading

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The Quantity Theory of Inequality

For the last several years, I have been among a small group of economic professionals arguing that income and wealth inequality is America’s most pressing problem, and beyond that, the way the economy works, that the distribution of income and … Continue reading

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Amygdalas Economicus: Perspectives on Taxation

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Illustration by John Berkerly for The Economist, July 16, 2009) To understand how the rich and powerful managed to replace the “invisible hand” of the open market with the invisible fist of their autocratic institutions, we have … Continue reading

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Attitudes and Gratitudes at the End of the Mayan Calendar

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Mayan green ceramic calendar: Stephen Drago – Big Stock) I have been awaiting this day for months, planning to post a commemoration of the end of the Mayan calendar.  Yesterday, Emi Kolawole published “The world isn’t … Continue reading

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Chick-Fil-A, Curiosity and Legitimate Rape OR The Fried Chickens Come Home to Roost

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I was struck on August 6 by one of those cultural epiphanies.  Our brave little robot “Curiosity” – See?  I can anthropomorphize, too. – had just safely landed on Mars, to the hooting and hollering of … Continue reading

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The First Christopher Hitchens Day – 15 December, 2011

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) If you read his stuff, as many have noted, you felt you knew him.  I think this is because there was a big, clear intellect there to know, a real, complete person.  He didn’t … Continue reading

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Time Running Out

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Johnny B’s Hiking and Photo Blog) More and more we hear people arguing that we’re running out of time.  It’s not just because December 12, 2012 is just around the corner, nor is it … Continue reading

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Remembering

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) That eleventh day of September, 2001 was such a terrible day, ten years later I find myself among those Americans who do not want to remember, who wish they could forget.  I went to … Continue reading

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Humility

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) It’s far too easy to become enchanted with one’s own ideas, to become certain that one is right about everything, or more importantly to write or speak in ways that give others the impression … Continue reading

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Perspectives

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) The First Christopher Hitchens Day – 15 December, 2011: Remembering an intellectual giant on the occasion of his untimely death. Time Running Out: An exploration of the concept of time, and how little of … Continue reading

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