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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: 3,422

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
de facto Emancipation Proclamation of May-August 1861: Events dictating decisions, not vice versa
Aug 4, 2019 4:06 am
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Too often history classes and books tell us that things happened when they became official instead of when they became effectively inevitable with an explanation... More
Support your local whistleblowers (inside social media companies)
Jul 3, 2019 4:28 pm
Comments: 26 | Views: 2,915

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
YouTube punishes publicizing of UK gangs sexually exploiting children
Jun 6, 2019 5:14 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,593

There is corporate PR and then there is reality. The New York Times reported ==I "^... More
Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans
May 26, 2019 6:01 am
Comments: 43 | Views: 3,850

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
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