Capitalism – the actual workings – the book – update

December 17, 2023

The book is now in editing. Plans call for a small”…..>>”

A Revisit – book review from 2001 – When Work Disappears- WJ Wilson

March 16, 2023

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Here is”…..>>”

Improbable Libraries by Alex Johnson

February 13, 2023

A recent book sale at the University of Chicago Pr”…..>>”

Capitalism – the actual workings – coming soon

August 27, 2022

The work to revise and expand my 2018 essay “Capit”…..>>”

Reading George Packer’s Last Best Hope: America in crisis and renewal

August 15, 2021

Packer’s Last Best Hope: America in crisis and renewal (Ferrar, Straus & Giroux 2021) has aroused quite a bit of attention and comment in the media. At the heart of the book is Packer’s description of four Americas: Free America, Real America, Smart America, and Just America. The writing is solid and attractive.

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

May 1, 2020

Tightrope provides a well-written description of the American crisis through personal stories and hard data. Unfortunately it falls flat in its call for action.

An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal – book review/critique

August 2, 2017

An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal is important and disappointing. Despite all of the information about the failings of our market-based healthcare system Rosenthal abandons her analysis when it comes to treatment.

Affirmative Action For Whites – began in the 1930s

July 17, 2017

Segregated America didn’t happen by chance nor by choice of the victims. Consistent white supremacist government action supported by private institutions created the segregation that persists and flourishes in the 21st century.

Creating Segregated America in the 20th Century – Government in Action

July 12, 2017

Government, Federal, state and local took affirmative actions to set up and sustain segregation that is clearly unconstitutional and illegal. The de jure nature of the history then puts the burden on the government, our government, to remedy the situation. 

Slavery in Hudson and Columbia Cty NY

June 14, 2017

Notices of runaways slaves from the Hudson River Valley. Many were notices from slave owners in Hudson and Columbia County dating roughly from 1795 to 1840. Northerners may think that slavery was a Southern institution, but this history casts a decidedly different picture.

NYTimes Book Review Misses Major Points About US Healthcare

April 5, 2017

Using a variety of tools and institutional arrangements every other developed country controls prices and healthcare budgets. They do not allow a one-sided market to focus on delivering as many procedures and prescriptions as possible without any systematic focus on health. To put the outrage of American healthcare in its true global setting: US healthcare spending compared to other developed countries and health outcomes relative to other developed countries. As the chart below demonstrates, the US spends more than 25% more than our closest competitor, Switzerland, and twice as much as most including japan, France, Australia and Canada. The health outcomes are woeful. We rank 42 in the world for longevity and 56th for infant mortality.

Building the New American Economy – Not

April 5, 2017

The title of this short book, only 130 pages, Buil”…..>>”

Book Review – The Rise and Fall of American Growth

June 25, 2016

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: the US stand”…..>>”

No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald – book review

June 1, 2014

We are within days of the anniversary of the first”…..>>”

Flash Boys Doesn’t Ask the Important Question

April 7, 2014

We should demand that our financial markets serve their findamental purposes – connect investors with those who can deploy those resources to create new products and services and enable the flow of these goods and services. To call holding financial insturments whether stocks, bonds, or other assets for mere seconds investments is to beggar the mind.

Put your bodies upon the wheels, upon the levers….

June 27, 2013

Confronting the ruling powers (government or corpo”…..>>”

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II

November 13, 2010

This book brings to light the extent to which the”…..>>”

The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson

October 10, 2010

Isabel Wilkerson’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns”…..>>”

Book Review: Manias, Panics, and Crashes: a history of financial crises by Kindleberger

November 13, 2009

Manias, Panics, and Crashes: a history of financia”…..>>”

Yottabytes and the National Security State

October 17, 2009

The current New York Review of Books has an articl”…..>>”

North Korea – a visit to the “Axis of Evil” – book note

June 21, 2007

North Korea – a visit to the “Axis of Evil” Recent”…..>>”

North Korea – a visit to the “Axis of Evil”

June 21, 2007

Recently, in the context of some discussion of the”…..>>”

Book Note – Before the Dawn: recovering the lost history of our ancestors

February 27, 2007

Earlier this year I read Charles Mann’s 1491: New”…..>>”

A New Age Now Begins: a people’s history of the American revolution – book review

January 31, 2007

Book Review: Page Smith, A New Age Now Begins: a p”…..>>”

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