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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 2
Aug 9, 2016 1:42 am
Comments: 5 | Views: 4,941

What goes into creating and maintaining a community is covered in the ... More
Pseudo-Primary for CA Senate District 13: some thoughts
Feb 21, 2020 4:51 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 4,866

A big frustration with local candidates is that they resist differentiating themselves from their opponents. When pressed, the typical answer is so weak as to be... More
RPP + ADUs: Winners and losers
Mar 4, 2017 2:35 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 4,866

One of the classic mistakes in politics is to become overly focused on the details of official actions at the expense of asking whether those actions support the... More
Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant
Jul 21, 2018 2:32 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 4,862

Failures to make this distinction can have substantial real-world consequences, damaging reputations and lives. Yet in even the simplest cases of this aspect of... More
Spotting non-false fabrications in the news: Coronavirus-Origins as example
May 5, 2020 12:21 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 4,763

How to assess the credibility of a "news" story? After dismissing those whose vocabulary and structure clearly mark them as advocacy -- selling a particular... More
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