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Long-term, remote goals, such as universal literacy, the ending of war, or the elimination of poverty in developing countries, will require a range of solutions, varying over time and space, for their achievement. Conventional approaches to large-sca...

From Harper's Magazine:  Percentage of [US] Democratic voters who cite a personal characteristic as the most important factor in selecting a president : 28  Who cite a policy consideration : 27Harper's Index, Harper's Magazine, November,...

The new caste system

on Oct 26, 2019

 Michael Hobbes writes:“The sense that there’s a self-​sustaining and self-​dealing group at the top isn’t wrong,” Reeves said. “When you create a ‘meritocratic’ selection process where the production of merit is increasingly s...

Concluding their study of daily life in colonial Latin America, Ann Jefferson and Paul Lokken write of the conflict between the Roman Catholic Church  and those advocates of political and economic liberalism associated with Enlightenment thinkin...

When people's wishes clash with vested interests it's the vested interests (aka 'the deep state') that win every time. Our political systems are too complex, arcane or corrupt for ordinary people to stand a chance. One result is obvious: ever-rising...

Harlem trendsetters

on Oct 2, 2019

Years ago John Fund asked:“If you had a financial windfall and wanted to help the poor, would you even think about giving time or a check to the government?” SourceA story from the current Economist reinforces the sentiment behind that question...

Some things are too complicated to understand, even for experts, let alone policymakers.Dams have been thought a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while satisfying our ever-increasing demand for electricity. Indeed, dams built in cool, dr...







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