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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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Election recounts an illusion?
Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 9,065

If you have a process for recounting the votes in an election, but the costs are so astronomical that it is implausible that it could be utilized, can you really... More
Disputing a Council Endorsement on Attitude toward residents
Oct 25, 2016 12:29 am
Comments: 24 | Views: 8,600

I strongly disagree with one of the Weekly's endorsements... More
Neighborhood Associations: Why they are still important
Mar 10, 2015 1:57 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 8,515

The recent news coverage of the difficulties facing one of Palo Alto's premier neighborhood association (College Terrace) brought forth comments that such associations... More
I blame soccer (teamwork)
Mar 28, 2015 3:48 am
Comments: 26 | Views: 8,442

A society's values can be seen in the games its children play (to a lesser extent for adults). Games embody values?what skills and knowledge are important?and make... More
How Bad Policy Happens
Jul 25, 2014 2:07 pm
Comments: 22 | Views: 8,417

Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate... More
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