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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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Development policy: "The Market" and regulation
Jun 20, 2017 5:04 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 1,131

Neo-liberal, Libertarian, Ayn Rand-ian, Progressive. Mr. X seemed to shift seamlessly and sincerely between these... More
Sustainability: better management needed
Jun 5, 2017 6:17 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 2,105

I was trying to read the Staff report for tonight's Council decision on funding for the sustainability program. While measuring the effectiveness of these programs... More
Behind contentious local politics: Failed and toxic leadership
May 30, 2017 3:44 am
Comments: 33 | Views: 2,836

The crucial threshold was crossed 4 years ago when the demonization of people with other perspectives became a deliberate tactic. This tactic, and related divisive... More
Why contentious local politics? More examples from ADU at Council
Apr 18, 2017 12:15 am
Comments: 50 | Views: 3,371

Observations from the Council discussion on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unit aka granny units).

----Advertising contempt for those that disagree----

If... More
Driverless self-driving car testbed issues
Mar 29, 2017 12:30 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 8,601

In 1993 there were widespread reports of traffic inexplicably coming to a crawl where there previously had not even been hints of problems. An investigation found... More
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