Learning from our failure at weaponizing anthropology

Summary: While we begin a new round of wars we still learn about dark aspects of the first round. For example, that psychologists assisted the US torture program in addition to the doctors and attorneys who participated. A book by David Price looks at another group violating their professional standards in join our wars -- anthropologists … Continue reading Learning from our failure at weaponizing anthropology

We worry about rule-breaking by the underclass, not the upper class

Summary: The daily press gives us lurid tales of the underclass breaking social norms, but seldom does so about the more serious lost professionalism that helps the upper class. Before we tinker with American society to reverse our rising inequality, we should understand the processes that created this problem. I believe we not only don't … Continue reading We worry about rule-breaking by the underclass, not the upper class

Education is not a solution to automation

Summary: We're on course to repeat the mistakes of the first 2 industrial revolutions in the 3rd. The wonders of increased productivity benefit the 1%, while the middle class seeks easy but chimerical ways to preserve their way of life. Anything but the work and risk of collective political action. Today we examine the favorite … Continue reading Education is not a solution to automation

More symptoms of decay: professional associations abandoning their standards and obligation to protect us

Summary: About the failure of our professional associations to uphold their own standards and defend the the people -- defend the Republic.  That's an essential element of professionalism, apparently lost in 21st century America. . The deterioration in the Republic proceeds at a speed beyond my worst fears (underestimating this was my worst mistake on these pages … Continue reading More symptoms of decay: professional associations abandoning their standards and obligation to protect us