Category Archives: Civil Society

California 2016 Election Proposition Analysis

Just a note before we begin this review. Governments have to fund projects with bonds. Why? 1) Because private investors are not going to want to tie up their money in resources that have no direct measurable value to them. … Continue reading

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A People’s History of Stock Market Crashes &c 1946-2016: The View from Below

First four sections: Abstract. Introductions. Inspiration. Operationalization, and first two chapters. Timeline of market incidents from 1928 to 2016 It is difficult to “get ahead,” as in “accumulate assets,” in today’s radically uncertain investment markets. Nevertheless, it is received opinion in the … Continue reading

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“System justification” stops productive dialog between liberals and conservatives

by Olivia LaRosa, October 7, 2014 I have a lot to say about government. I started studying politics and economics in my teens. This interdisciplinary focus is called political economy. I went on to college while working full time and … Continue reading

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Moving the Mexican Border

NEWS DESK SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 Moving the Mexican Border BY PAUL KRAMER “The Mexican Border” is not a fixed landmark, we learn. Historically, none of our borders are made up of any more than myth. Rivers and lakes appear and … Continue reading

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3 ways to measure our economy that are not the GDP

We can measure the economy in different ways to improve human life and enhance human potential. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures government services only by the dollars spent, but not by the dollars earned by our investments in our … Continue reading

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The Economics of Old Buildings

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/an-economic-defense-of-old-buildings/?tid=up_next While we are talking economics, let’s talk about a cost that the owner, builder or the developer do not bear: the cost of extracting new materials from the earth, the cost of the cleanup after those materials are extracted, … Continue reading

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The Rise of Establishment Reporting; viz. the Mainstream Media

http://fair.org/slider/the-rise-of-establishment-reporting/ A crisis in journalism lasted from the 1890s until the 1920s. Party-driven journalism had disintegrated, the increasingly lucrative and powerful newspaper magnates ruled their independent empires and exercised considerable political power, and the pursuit of profit sometimes led to … Continue reading

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