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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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How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 5,187

Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate... More
Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise
Oct 11, 2013 1:15 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 5,072

This is not yet-another posting about how you should vote on Measure D. Instead, I will try to help undecided voters better understand the arguments being... More
Election recounts an illusion?
Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 4,999

If you have a process for recounting the votes in an election, but the costs are so astronomical that it is implausible that it could be utilized, can you really... More
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 4,986

The city government of Palo Alto has announced that it will be sponsoring a series of meetings about the future of Palo Alto and wants ordinary residents to participate... More
A reprehensible political ad
Nov 2, 2014 1:35 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 4,664

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people... More
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