Blog #57 – “Public” opinion and the innocent media. N. Gregory Mankiw, professor of economics at Harvard. writes: “Media owners generally do not try to mold the population to their own brand of politics. Instead, like other business owners, they maximize profit by giving customers what they want.” “These findings speak well of the marketplace.… More Blog #57 – – “Public” opinion and the innocent media.
Blog # 55c – The Blocked Questions on Inequality. [Blog #55a has tried, in outline form, to explain the existence of inequality in the U.S.A.] [Blog #55b has asked mores specifically how that inequality came about and why it is tolerated in a democracy.] This Blog #55c gives three examples, from different points of view,… More Blog # 55c – The Blocked Questions on Inequality.
Blog #51 – The Baran-Marcuse letters – Not Just the Facts, in Critical Social Science The issue that Paul Baran and my father confronted in their correspondence was, I suspect, what was an on-going and troublesome theme for them both, analytically and politically. It was a paradox that my father often formulated as: “You need… More Blog #51 The Baran-Marcuse letters – Not Just the Facts, in Critical Social Science
To the Editor, The New York Times, (re: Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off,but Far Behind”.. (Front page, May 1, 2014) A researcher is quoted as saying: “the poor are better off than they were… but they have also drifted further away.” “Drifted away,” indeed! The story says: “…the poor have fallen further behind.”… More Blog #48 – Writing About Inequality
Loaded Language Language is a political tool. That’s generally recognized. What speakers mean when they use words like “freedom,” “security,” “justice,” or “democracy” says a great deal about where they stand politically, and such terms are deliberately used for their political effect. It may not be immediately apparent on which side of what argument the… More Blog #37 – Lopsided Language
Watch your language, Krugman and the Rest of “Us.” Paul Krugman, a favorite of mine, in writing about the present currency crisis in the New York Times, August 30, 2013, brings to mind an old joke: The Lone Ranger and his Indian friend Tonto are riding out in the wild west when they are about… More Blog #35 – Watch your language, Krugman and the Rest of “Us.”
Blog #28: Sandy, Housing, the Market, and the State’s Planning Response The attempt by government to mix the public and private market response to disasters such as Sandy, or indeed to mix the two in dealing with the crisis in housing for lower-income households, will bear some strange fruit. The likely effect will be to… More Blog #28: Sandy, Housing, the Market, and the State’s Planning Response