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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Retail - basics of public policy
Mar 25, 2016 1:52 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 2,021

"Retail loves retail" is the basic maxim you will hear in a discussion of planning for retail districts. It is analogous to critical mass for... More
Another Copenhagen Syndrome
Mar 5, 2016 12:55 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 2,434

Visionaries and dreamers can be major impediments to accomplishing anything useful. They clutter the public discourse and decision-making with ideas that are non-starters... More
Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones
Feb 21, 2016 1:56 am
Comments: 24 | Views: 1,587

Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come from... More
Pet Hair for the Birds (Nests)
Feb 16, 2016 6:41 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 3,229

The increased chirping of birds signals that nest-building is close at hand. Birds can have problems finding suitable materials in a too-manicured suburban environment.... More
Flint Michigan disaster: Unusual only in its severity
Feb 14, 2016 1:53 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 2,269

Teaser: The Flint Michigan disaster involves most notably lead poisoning, which causes serious permanent health damages, especially to children. The immediate... More
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