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Comment about current policy and politics, and how Social Policy Bonds could improve them



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One takeaway, after watching a documentary on the life of Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court is that money is becoming almost the sole criterion by which many of us measure success or fulfilment. Robert Locke, writing about Japanese soci...

Recently I did a post describing how complexity can be used to obscure the effects of a policy or the true intentions of policymakers influenced by corporate interests or other powerful groups - such as farmers. Food processors appear to be doin...

This recent headline from ScienceNews says it all:Methane may not warm the Earth quite as much as previously thoughtThere is much about the environment - and society - that we just do not know. Yet our policies are formulated as if we do know. We thi...

In my book I speculated that, if a goal targeted by s Social Policy Bond issue remains remote, the bonds' backers could issue more bonds, or swell the redemption funds and, by doing so, increase the incentive for bondholders to work to achieve the go...

Powerful interests use complexity to hide their anti-social behaviour:Since 2013, ProPublica has exposed how Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and other companies have resisted efforts to make tax preparation easier and less costly, including lobbying t...

 I asked ChatRPG to write a sonnet about Social Policy Bonds:In policy circles, talk of Social BondsHas grown in strength and scope in recent daysA tool to tackle ills that have prolongedBy focusing on outcomes, not just waysAnd in this field, o...

Without even mentioning corporate welfare and subsidies to agriculture, Matthew Desmond writes about the tragedy of US poverty. Longish excerpts, because it's paywalled:The evidence indicates that low-income Americans are not taking full advantage o...







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