Despair: so common these days, so good for the 1%

Summary:  Despair at the confident predictions of doomsters has become an almost defining characteristic of both Left and Right in America, as documented in so many posts here. Nothing but abject servitude serves the 1% better.  Here's an example, looking at the effects of the quarter-century-long campaign predicting doom from climate change. Assessing the record, … Continue reading Despair: so common these days, so good for the 1%

Looking at technological singularities in our past & future

Singularity

Summary:  It becomes increasingly clear that the rate of technological progress might accelerate in the coming years, taking us to an unknown world. Here we look at singularities past and future to help chart a course ahead, avoiding the dangers and seizing the benefits. This is a revised version of a post from 2007, one … Continue reading Looking at technological singularities in our past & future

The Left stages a two minute hate on Nate Silver, Roger Pielke Jr (& me)

Summary: This week many on the Left served a banquet of snark on Nate Silver and his new 538 website for the sin of posting an article by Roger Pielke Jr (Prof Environmental Studies, U CO-Boulder). An article well-supported in the climate studies literature, and consistent with the work of the IPCC (they conceal these … Continue reading The Left stages a two minute hate on Nate Silver, Roger Pielke Jr (& me)

Is There Hope for the Rule of Law in America?

Summary:  As Obama begins his second term, we should remember that his first term was in many ways much like a third term of Bush Jr. Obama institutionalized Bush Jr's national security policies by making them bipartisan.  This guest post by Brad DeLong shows how far we've fallen by looking at how long it took … Continue reading Is There Hope for the Rule of Law in America?

Brad DeLong asks Is American Democracy Broken?

Summary:  Please read this in full.  Although it opens slowly, Brad DeLong (Prof Economics, Berkeley) gains power as he goes.  In summary, it's brilliant description of the decay of the American political system. Is American Democracy Broken? by Brad DeLong (Professor of Economics, Berkeley), 3 May 2012 -- Excerpt: I am here somewhat under false … Continue reading Brad DeLong asks Is American Democracy Broken?