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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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California Democrats seek to revive the Republican Party; Republicans expected to resist
Jul 16, 2017 4:21 am
Comments: 28 | Views: 2,955

Negative partisanship describes when your voting for a particular party arises from opposition to the other parties. That is, you don't positively support... More
The "Creative Class" and "superstar" cities
Jul 8, 2017 12:18 am
Comments: 48 | Views: 2,566

Trendy young tech workers are key to the economic fortunes of cities. This is part of the urban development theory of ... More
Development policy: "The Market" and regulation
Jun 20, 2017 5:04 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 2,156

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: 2,322

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: 3,038

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
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