Matthew Yglesias tells us not to worry about the new industrial revolution

Summary: The new industrial revolution has begun, yet we have not yet begun to prepare. An article by Matthew Yglesias, neo-lib story-teller extraordinaire, shows why. He explains that faith-based economics assures us all will work out for the best.   Last week I posted Well-meant minimum wage increases will accelerate automation. On the same day … Continue reading Matthew Yglesias tells us not to worry about the new industrial revolution

Examples of blind allegiance to tribal truths, keeping us weak & ignorant

Summary: Truth has become a tribal thing in America. Scores of posts have documented this on the Right and Left. Today we have two fun examples by the Left, with sublime but blind confidence in their tribe's truths. Our tribalism divides us, making us weak. Our blinders keep us ignorant. The combination probably makes reform … Continue reading Examples of blind allegiance to tribal truths, keeping us weak & ignorant

A note about practical propaganda

Summary:  A brief note foreshadowing the next post. Propaganda has become a powerful tool used by both Left and Right to shape American's views about the world.  Slowly we recognize this.  Republicans do so by their adoption of it as a primary policy tool, as seen in the health care debate.  Political commentators do so … Continue reading A note about practical propaganda

A real-time example of the birth and spread of climate propaganda

Summary:  In our weak condition, America has become unusually susceptible to propaganda.  Accepting of it, so long as it confirms our views.  Loving lies.  If we become sheep, don't blame the wolves for preying upon us.  This post traces the evolution of  science research into propaganda.  Real science, exaggerated into propaganda, a doomster story that will circulate … Continue reading A real-time example of the birth and spread of climate propaganda

Updates about hot issues discussed on the FM website

Some articles about themes discussed on the FM website. Demographics, shaping our world India  Japan American's greatest enemy America's rotten boroughs -- States with 2 Senators, but few people (1)  About Demographics Excerpt from "Falling fertility", The Economist, 29 October 2009 -- "Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits" SOMETIME in … Continue reading Updates about hot issues discussed on the FM website