Category Archives: Politics

“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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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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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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Establishment Economics: Learning from New Hampshire

Back in the Spring of 2012 I eagerly awaited the release of Paul Krugman’s latest book, “End This Depression NOW!” He was an avowed progressive, and as the New York Times economic columnist, he had the widest audience among current economists. … Continue reading

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The (Future) State of the Union

Tonight (1/12/2016), Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address as President of the United States. It will go down as one of the great speeches in American history, I predict, because some years from now, when the … Continue reading

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Postscript: What We Must Do

Wisdom is a strange commodity. Most of the time we don’t recognize it when it infiltrates our addled brains, and it is always hard-won and a long time coming. Yesterday’s post “Krugman v. Stiglitz — Debt v. Taxation” deserves this postscript, for having … Continue reading

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It’s MUCH Worse Than It Looks

In my last post, “Follow the Money,” I argued that the absurd theater of the Fox News-sponsored Republican presidential “debate” of last Thursday really can be traced to the stark reality of American economics. Economist Paul Krugman, in one of … Continue reading

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Follow the Money

I did not watch any of the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. As luck would have it, I had dental surgery in the morning, and the pain was peaking. The Tylenol that had sufficed for weeks was no longer … Continue reading

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Ignorance Is Death

The science of economics has failed us. Until I got deeply into my research on the economics of inequality, which has been my passion for the last three years, I did not imagine how badly it has failed us, and … Continue reading

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The End of the Line: The Crash Following a Debt Default

In my recent letter to the editor to the Albany Times Union, “Defaulting on debt a national disaster” (here), I argued that the budget and debt limit crises are the result of the massive growth of inequality, in particular the … Continue reading

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Inequality and the National Debt

Last night at midnight, the United States government shut down, and my first priority today is to write about it. This post will go beyond everything you’ve been hearing and talking about. Of course it’s insane, in a representative democracy, … 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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Coming Home to America

Returning to my home town of Brookings a few weeks ago for the 50th reunion of our high school class with classmate, soulmate, and blogmate Skip Christensen was an emotional experience.  As a young child, I lived only a few … Continue reading

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Romneyhood – More Than Greed

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I will confess to being more than a little worried.  Back in 2008 and 2010, the advocates for the wealthy and their candidates for office were more careful about denying their true intentions for America and … Continue reading

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