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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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Moral Panic, again on guns
Aug 22, 2019 5:32 am
Comments: 21 | Views: 4,702

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
Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans
May 26, 2019 6:01 am
Comments: 43 | Views: 4,694

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
Preparing for COVID-19: An epidemic is not a hurricane. Panic buying harmful
Mar 3, 2020 12:03 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 4,442

Emergency preparedness advice in the US is strongly oriented toward hurricanes. No surprise, because hurricanes are the most common major disaster in terms of people... More
Profiteering off medical equipment and its export unimpeded (COVID-19)
Apr 3, 2020 4:40 pm
Comments: 9 | Views: 4,403

Medical equipment shortages have been in the national headlines for weeks, but a significant part of the problem has been profiteers sending it overseas. Bet most... More
State Legislature on Housing: Getting the Demos out of Democracy & with it, Accountability
Mar 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Comments: 9 | Views: 4,085

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
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