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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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Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans
May 26, 2019 6:01 am
Comments: 43 | Views: 3,811

I have been attempting to produce a summary of the positions and arguments on the collection of bills in the California State Legislature advertised as responses... More
State Legislature on Housing: Getting the Demos out of Democracy & with it, Accountability
Mar 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Comments: 9 | Views: 3,401

The State Legislature is in the middle of its annual exercise of stripping political power from the citizenry (Demos in Greek = people) and putting it in the hands... More
Moral Panic, again on guns
Aug 22, 2019 5:32 am
Comments: 21 | Views: 3,350

A moral panic involves masses of people becoming irrational about a problem, both over-estimating how widespread and serious it is and demanding immediate action... More
A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council
Dec 8, 2018 11:47 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 3,345

The current City Council is ending as it began 2 years ago, with the pro-development majority abusing its power. Back then those Council members would introduce... More
Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?
Jan 30, 2020 1:36 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 3,300

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of... More
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