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Aug
16

Too Big to Regulate: From the NYTimes Sunday Review

The failure of the federal government to re-regulate the banks since 2007 continues to be the biggest policy failure, I argue. This in turn seems to be due to the fact that a few individuals make too much money from weak government. From the article linked below: “Last week — six years after the onset of the financial crisis, four years after Dodd Frank and two years after the biggest banks...
Aug
4

My remarks on the (temporary) cause of the failure of the American system of government:

Until the writing of the American Constitution, the great end of Western political philosophy was an illusory goal. That end is the bringing together or coincidence of the interest of the “few strong” with “the many”, popularly known as “the rich and powerful” and “the poor” or “the middle class.” This has been so successful that Americans take...
Jul
15

On the growth of the concept of “originalism”. From the NYTimes Book Review.

Excellent discussion of the influence of Scalia on the growth of the idea of originalism, a concept Ed Meese promoted in the 1980s. Main idea: the notion may be in the service of a need for certitude than rigorous jurisprudence. Link below. From the review. By JEFF SHESOL JULY 2, 2014 “More than any individual decision or dissent, the theory of “originalism” is likely to be his lasting...
Jun
26

The fleeting nature of wealth. Quote by Alexis de Toqueville.

From one of the best analysts of American civilization to have ever lived. Opening of PBS’s “American Experience: The Donner Party.” Here’s the quote: “It is odd to watch with what feverish ardor Americans pursue prosperity. Ever tormented by the shadowy suspicion that they may not have chosen the shortest route to get it, they cleave to things of this world as if assured that they...
Jun
10

Conservatives in Academia: Why so Few?

Find the link to the whole discussion below. Excerpts here: “Four conservative traits in particular would, I think, severely discourage a person from pursuing an academic career—independent of any external discrimination. If you are a young man or woman who (1) values the maintenance and passing on of intellectual tradition, (2) plans to marry and have children, (3) wants as much individual...
Jun
2

Continuing the struggle against Milton Friedman: The Right Way to Control the Banks

From the New York Review of Books Book review by Roger Acaly Contrary to free market ideologues, who have little understanding of how a market economy successfully functions, the purpose of a free market system is not to enable individuals to earn as much as they can “on their own.” A market economy works well when rule are put in place that prevent individuals who are good at gaming the...
May
28

From the NYTimes Magazine: A New Approach to Healing PTSD: connecting body and mind.

Good discussion of a non traditional way of treating PTSD. The use of role playing and helping people connect their consciousness to their bodies is significant in Mankind Project. Once one understands what few in the field do – that Descartes dualism, and possibly even Manichaeism/Gnosticism strongly incline Western and American mental health professionals to assume that the body has no relation to...

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