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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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Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise
Oct 11, 2013 1:15 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 6,810

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
How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 6,776

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
A reprehensible political ad
Nov 2, 2014 1:35 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 6,609

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
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 6,486

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
In Defense of "Incivility"
Oct 14, 2014 2:45 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 6,004

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. ? Yogi Berra

Civility is one of those things that in theory you... More
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