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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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A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council
Dec 8, 2018 11:47 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 3,838

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
Promising news on credentialism: Palo Alto failed basic test for malignant bureaucracy
Jan 4, 2019 12:05 am
Comments: 1 | Views: 3,724

I have railed against the pursuit of meaningless awards, credentials and other distinctions by City Hall and various advocates -- they serve only to inflate the... More
Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19
Mar 27, 2020 1:23 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 3,559

I likely have COVID-19, but mine is so mild that I wouldn't have noticed if I were keeping a normal sleep schedule. But like so, so many others, I will never show... More
Confusing a means-to-an-end with being the goal -- Shelter-in-Place
Apr 23, 2020 3:19 am
Comments: 38 | Views: 3,544

A common problem in carrying out plans is to become so focused on your part of the plan that you think of it as a goal. As a goal, it is immutable, whereas you should... More
Support your local whistleblowers (inside social media companies)
Jul 3, 2019 4:28 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 3,414

The Declaration of Independence is the name of the document, but the war is commonly called the American Revolution because it was much more than a war for independence.... More
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