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OH GOD PLEASE GIVE US A RECESSION, AND FAST! This seems to be the underlying wish behind media saturation coverage of last week’s somewhat bad economics news. I think it’s biased wish-fulfillment reportage, and rather embarrassing, given the low unemployment rate and other strong economic indicators. However, I admit to having the same shameful wish, […]
What a pathetic mess in Congress around the Ilhan Omar controversy. I can’t be happy that the Dems are getting what they deserve for perpetuating sclerotic leadership — it’s too scary to think they may blow it and hand Trump a second term. The main thing going on here are overly hysterical fears of anti-semitism, […]
See Pelosi’s “immorality” gaffe here. It’s mortifying to watch Trump play the Democrats with the border wall gambit. It’s high stakes stuff, and Trump has significantly raised the game with tonight’s speech and the planned photo op border tour set for Thursday. I really started to worry when I saw the “immorality” sound bite from […]
Trump’s conjuring of an immigrant terrorist mob marching for the border was a truly superior and well-time exercise in cynical, evil political manipulation. Yet today’s new drug pricing proposal — while less telegenic — may even be a few notches more evil and cynical. As with many cynical and evil political gestures, the Trump drug […]
It’s been about a decade since we released Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America. All these years later, our original web site is still very active, showing hundreds of visits a month. I’ve always been proud of a video widget we introduced in 2010 — it offers a series of short video clips from […]
Over the past year or so, you could be tipsy over all the tipping points that have flown past in in the saga of Big Tech v. its detractors. Pre the 2016 Russia US election cyberwar, only a few fringe groups were worrying about Big Tech monopoly power. Then the election hacking came to light, […]
In our harshly divided partisan world, in which people who like to go to mountains are forever locked in conflict with those who prefer the beach, I’m a mountain person. For years I allowed children and other distracting influences to drag me to the ocean, but I’ve recently been making up for decades of sandy […]
The grotesque political charade of children in cages is just another consequence of decades of hypocrisy and cowardice on the issue of immigration. As everyone knows, we have an economy that depends on millions of immigrant workers, documented or not. In compassionate times, we look away. In times of anger, we demonize. Hypocrisy and cowardice […]
One of the world’s inevitabilities is regulatory capture: when regulators who are supposed to regulate an industry end up serving the industry’s interests, rather than the public’s. Given this immutable truth, outrage over the recent legislation amending the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations strike me as somewhat beside the point. Dodd-Frank got taken hostage a long […]
Kroft: Hi, I’m Steve Kroft. I’m a broad shouldered, good looking, well preserved older man with deep lines on my face, magnificent hair and enough of a serious, journalistic persona that you can tell that it’s important that I’m sitting here doing this assignment. I hope you enjoyed the commercial for a wonderful new pharmaceutical […]
It would be hard to come up with a slimier, more specious argument than the one made by the Trump administration in its pharmaceutical pricing initiative, launched last week. Yes, Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors has found the major culprit in high drug prices: and it is European socialism. The same perpetrators of government-funded single-payer […]
The Jerusalem embassy move is another crude, angry Trump gesture against the political correctness of the elites. It has the added plus for Trump of paying off campaign contributor Sheldon Adelson and the evangelical Mike Pence constituency driven by Millennial visions of the second coming. It’s doubly anti-PC because it is based on a cynical […]
Such great news that Goldman Sachs and Apple are teaming up to create a new Apple credit card! Yes, the great vampire squid that is “wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” has finally hooked up with the world’s most valuable company, in what is […]
Rolled out of bed today determined to write a blog about the future of America, as it will be determined in the 2018 and 2020 elections. The strands: How to stop right wing populism? Is it a culture problem or is it an economics problem? Some tentative asnwers: It’s not only about what Democrats can […]
Two bad days in Congress didn’t scare Mark Zuckerberg into a profound spiritual and religious conversion. He has not renounced the material world. Zuckerberg seems to be the same smugly poised $64 billionaire that he was before Facebook had its month from hell. Still, although I spend a lot of time fretting about monopolistic technology […]
A couple of fairly crazy, free-thinking professors have formulated a new ideology they call Radical Markets. I’ve read their book — it’s a bizarre but compelling amalgam of Henry George, Adam Smith and extremist libertarianism. One of their insane ideas is something along the lines that no one should own anything, but that property should always […]
Thank you Donald Trump for motivating me to go out and vote on a day when there isn’t even an election in my district! I wanted to go out and vote for Dem. Shelly Mayer in the special election for the 37th senatorial district of New York, but after driving around and a phone call […]
We recently needed to get a travel visa to France for my wife, who is Chinese. It wasn’t easy. The visa requests need to go through the French consulate office in NYC. But clicking over to their web site leads you to an appointment calendar that resolutely rejects any attempt to click on a possible […]
Israel’s victory in the Six Day War was a triumph of soldiering and military technology. Israel still retains vast military superiority over its neighbors, and obviously over the Palestinians. There is a large body of opinion in the Israeli military, and former Israeli military, that Israel’s security no longer depends on holding the West Bank.
In sundry ways, the West Bank isn’t Algeria. Still, Eshkol was mistaken, and Aron’s point holds true for Israel and the occupation. The “loss” of the occupied territories won’t be the end of Israel. Holding on to them might be.
Libraries vs. Big Streaming – an unfinished tale of copyright and disruption A desperate call appeared on the VideoLib listerv. “13th,” a much-lauded social-issue documentary, nominated for an Oscar, could not be shown in class, to groups, or placed in an archive of important 2016 films. It was showing only on Netflix, where no such […]
The point is that it’s treason. Does anyone actually believe that the Trump campaign specifically guided the Russian hackers into the Dem’s servers? A quid pro quo maybe – you dirty trick Dems, we’ll treat you right. More probably just friendly and encouraging back and forth between Trump camp and Russians. And that’s TREASON, because […]
It is good to know that there is someone out there fighting back against anti-competitive, monopolistic practices. The worst offenders are companies with a liberal, socially conscious image: Apple, Facebook, Google. See this piece in The Economist about Margrethe Vesteger, the Danish competition commissioner of the EU.