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Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoğlu My rating: 4 of 5 stars While perhaps overlong and a bit dry, this book contains insights that go a long way, at least on a political … Continue reading

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The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes My rating: 1 of 5 stars Bad writing, confused thinking, pernicious policies. I first encountered the name Keynes when reading a Time magazine article in around 1975 about … Continue reading

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what have we got to hide? I’ll tell you

While I can’t say that I’m surprised at the recent revelation of the handing over of millions of telephone-call records to the U.S. government by Verizon (and no doubt other operators), for some reason it has stirred fresh anger in … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam wants you

This morning when I checked my Twitter tab I found this tweet by Jason Pontin, editor of MIT Technology Review magazine: What excites the indignation of people who hate drones: the remoteness of the operator, and the asymmetry in power. … Continue reading

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how to actually win hearts and minds

I just saw a headline on my Google News home page: “Mali mission has barely begun: experts”. It’s from the Montreal Gazette. I haven’t read the article, but the headline prompted a disturbing series of thoughts. The thoughts are about … Continue reading

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The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman My rating: 3 of 5 stars This vivid, well-written book leaves one hungry for more of its title topic. I seem to recall first seeing this book advertised and perhaps recommended in Scientific … Continue reading

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solving world problems, one blog post at a time

It’s a new year and I’d like to start it by solving some world problems. So let’s get to it. A couple of days ago a headline appeared on Google News that Argentina is again demanding that the U.K. cede … Continue reading

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the Commonwealth of Life

Over today’s lunch of cold leftover pizza (vegetarian, hold the pineapple, but argh the pineapple came anyway) I browsed through the fall 2012 issue of Finding Solutions, the newsletter of the David Suzuki Foundation. Dr. Suzuki himself always writes a … Continue reading

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my election results

A week ago, the day after the U.S. elections, I had my teeth cleaned over at my dentist in Vancouver. While he was inspecting my mouth, to make conversation he said, “And what about the election down south—were you following … Continue reading

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why liberal education, again?

Why do I feel that a specifically liberal education is so important? I see it this way. People are different. While we all belong to the same species, we have different backgrounds, characters, interests, and aims. Sometimes these aims come … Continue reading

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