Category Archives: Growing Community

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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Joe Stiglitz: The People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits and Wealth and It’s Sickening Our Politics

Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Laureate in Economics and a former World Bank executive. He has seen these tactics, strategies and policies in action at the highest level.  He is a brave man to reveal what he learned, which looks … Continue reading

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Letter to Barack #15: Better Science, Better Policy

Dear President Obama, The questionable epistemological status of mainstream economics is displayed daily in the press and on television as scholars trained in that discipline purport to derive explanations of the current crisis (and associated predictions and prescriptions) from a … Continue reading

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Community Service: Letter to Barack #9

Dear President-elect Obama,               Since I started writing you letters about how we can all work together to solve our problems, the economic collapse of the United States has become more complete.   Opinions differ concerning its causes and concerning … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s Christmas Letter: Letter to Barack #11

Dear President-elect Obama,   It is a tradition among many peoples at the time of the winter solstice to remind themselves that they ought to be acting as responsible members of a cohesive community.   Yes, we could be good.    Sisterhood … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect: Letter to Barack #12

Dear President-elect Obama,               I was not disappointed when you said that your foreign policy would be similar to that of previous administrations.   Although I was unhappy, I was not disappointed because what you said was what I expected.  … Continue reading

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