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On Political Anger

Josh and I have been discussing Pound’s angry letter in response to an editor’s critical comments on Joyce’s manuscript of Portrait of the Artist. We’ve been using this letter as a proxy for our larger, ongoing debate about the uses … Continue reading

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Arizona, Gay Rights, and the Unhappy Marriage of Libertarianism and Conservatism (or, why saying “I’m a libertarian” doesn’t give you a free pass)

Libertarianism, just as much as “social conservativism” poses a danger for minority rights of all kinds.  If you support the cause of gay marriage, anti-Jim Crow civil rights, etc., you should not be a libertarian.  If you think homophobic laws … Continue reading

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Escape Fire: Rescuing the American Health Care System

I teach Medical Ethics at Fitchburg State University, and so naturally the Nursing students thought that I would be a good fit for their panel discussion following a screening of Escape Fire: Rescuing the American Health Care System.  This documentary was … Continue reading

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How did we get this finance industry?

As a share of American GDP, the finance industry has doubled in size in the past 40 years, to over 30% of American Corporate profits.  Many argue that this presents a real problem for the long-term stability of the U.S. … Continue reading

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How medicare sets hospital prices

The great Uwe Reinhardt presents a useful primer to the discussion of health care reform that should interest OPers (mindful as they are of the importance of primary social goods).  I supervised a remarkably thoughtful (and empirically informed) thesis on … Continue reading

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More on Living within our Means

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The Media, Pennant-Racing, and Living Within Our Means

A popular narrative of the recent election is that Americans are fed up with the federal government’s inability to “live within its means.”  Real American people have to; state governments have to (more or less); the federal government should as … Continue reading

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Wealthy Society out of Balance?

I thought I ought to follow the example of my fellow original positioners and post from my summer reading list. Today’s reading was John K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society (1958). Galbraith begins his famous chapter on the “Theory of Social … Continue reading

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Debt, Stimulus, and Health Care Reform

Bloggingheads considers the long-term fiscal ramifications of legislation passed under the Obama administration.

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