Category Archives: Economic Confidence

Trustworthy Voices

The eighteenth century gave us lots of things – like Mozart and the steam engine and the guillotine – but it also gave us modern democracies. Monarchies would no longer do. Thanks to Rousseau and others, there was new talk of … Continue reading

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What Moves What

No polling firm has ever called here and asked questions. And probably no one knows anyone who has been called by these firms, so maybe they make it all up – three bored guys in a back room deciding how … Continue reading

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Everybody Knows

Call it information momentum – there’s a moment when everyone just knows something is so. That’s what politicians try to achieve, that moment when everyone seems to know your opponent is a fool, or at least one sleazy bastard, and … Continue reading

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Testing Reality

Here in this corner of Los Angeles, where Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon meets Jim Morrison’s Sunset Strip – the Doors used to be the house band at the Whisky-a-Go-Go just down the street – the morning begins with the thump … Continue reading

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When In Doubt Extend and Pretend

Americans have their odd enthusiasms, some of which are attributable to marketing. In professional football, the Dallas Cowboys decided, for a time, to brand themselves America’s Team. That was pretty clever – it made everyone feel great about everything. They … Continue reading

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Tapped Out

The term Nest Egg is funny – originally that was a natural or artificial egg placed in a bird’s nest to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there, and now, idiomatically, a nest egg is your savings, or … Continue reading

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Fireworks at the Far End of America

This Fourth of July evening was pretty cool in Hollywood. From way up here at the foot of the Hollywood Hills you can look out the window and see the fireworks displays in the distance, down in the flats. And … Continue reading

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