Monthly Archives: March 2009

Pass the Cognac

A long time ago there was this skinny young kid from Pittsburgh, and when he was at Westinghouse High School he was reading the New Yorker and learning French – an odd thing for a young, gay black man. And … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-European, Billy Strayhorn, Class Warfare, Economic Meltdown, Economic Reporting, Financial Meltdown, G20 Summit, Lush Life, Obama's Foreign Trip, Paris | 1 Comment

The Fat Lady Is Singing Now

You remember your first new car – the one after the used junker that got you through the last years of college and was forever breaking down. It was the summer of 1969 and the new car was a shiny … Continue reading

Posted in Automobiles, End of the Auto Industry, GM and Chrysler, Liquidation of Chrysler, Obama Administration's New Auto Industry Plan, Obama Fires GM CEO, Obama's Tough Love, Structured Bankruptcy for GM | 1 Comment

Les Jeux Sont Faits

Les Jeux Sont Faits – Sartre, from the mid-forties – a dismal book about what you can do to make things better in this world. Good luck with that – the book is about how things in this life are … Continue reading

Posted in Cheney and Torture, Cheney Attacks Obama, Spanish Investigation of Bush Lawyers, The Cheney Legacy, Torture, War Crimes | 1 Comment

The Pinochet Gambit

For those of us born and raised in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 28, 2009, was a dark day. The chaps from the University of Pittsburgh, after coming so far and rising so high, were eliminated from the national basketball tournament by … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet and Bush, John Yoo, Spanish Investigation of Bush Lawyers, Torture, Torture Memo, Truth Commissions, War Crimes | 4 Comments

Market Fetishists and Moral Hazard

Well, something is in the air. There’s the April 6 issue of Time and that cover story – this recession, or near depression, or whatever it is, will bring an end to the “spirit of excess” that began in the … Continue reading

Posted in After Capitalism, Andrew Sullivan, Consumerism and Values, Economic Theory, For the Common Good, Free-Market Capitalism, Government is the Solution and Not the Problem, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Moral Hazard, Pharmaceutical Industry, The Limits of Capitalism | Leave a comment

After Capitalism

Is capitalism over? Who would ask such a thing? Given our slowly accelerating economic disintegration, and the attendant political firestorm regarding who is to blame for it all and who has the best ideas to fix things, the question hasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in After Capitalism, Economic Theory, Experts Usually Wrong, Geoff Mulgan, Lessons of History, Political Science, The End of Capitalism | Leave a comment

Obama’s Limitations

Multitasking – the ability to manage many tasks at once, and manage them well – is a prime skill you need in the modern world. If you’ve worked in a large corporation at even a modest level of authority you … Continue reading

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