23 Semi-Snarky Revelations from ’23 Things’

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Image by Bill McIntyre via Flickr In the field of economics I am largely an autodidact aside from the standard undergraduate level economics courses in college. Because of this I have been formulating my own economic theory for the last twenty five years or so, lurching this way and that as I absorb this idea or that one, suck the marrow out of it and move on. Ha-Joon Chang’s 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism felt like coming home for me. All my lurching around, exploration under rocks and in the tops of trees, has led me to…

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Maureen and Fred Talk About Human Capital

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*For those of you who have never met Fred, he is my inner 14 year old, the part of me that likes bawdy humor and inappropriate language and decidedly unfeminist stuff and has no inner critic.  If it’s fun, it’s cool.  In other words, Fred is my id. Maureen: Hey, Fred, what are you doing over here?  You belong over at my personal blog. Fred: I got bored.  You keep leaving me alone over there and coming over here and talking about “serious stuff” and I wanted to find out why it was so danged important to you.  I’ve already…

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Tea-O-P Tantrums Will Likely Force Government Shutdown

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Government Shutdown Over budget adjustments that would barely dent the deficit, but would cause vastly disproportionate pain to the most vulnerable Americans, these guys are willing to force a government shutdown (and paint those who are unwilling to sacrifice the most vulnerable to the gods of corporate welfare as ‘obstructionist’ in the process) These guys are determined to prove that government can’t work, and are willing to throw plenty of sand in the gears to prove it. Always follow the money.  If its pooling even deeper in the pockets of the top 1% (which the Tea-o-P’s budget decidedly does) that’s…

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“But Not You, My Friend”: A Parable of ‘Those People’

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Once upon a time, when I was too young to get married, I got married anyway, and sent my life spiraling through a morass of hurt and pain… but that’s another story. This story is about the man who served as “best man” at that ill-fated wedding, a Moroccan related to the Saudi royal family, and a devout Muslim, that we called Abe because his real name was a bit of a tongue tangler. Abe was charming, and casually wealthy (so casually, it almost never showed), and fun to be with, and tried very hard to be open minded about…

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