Category Archives: Unemployment

Structural Matters

This time it’s different. People always say that, and they believe it – but most of the time it really isn’t different. Maybe things fell apart with that sweet young thing who was your sweetheart – and this time it’s … Continue reading

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Arguing Against the Idea of Doing Things

There is such a thing as medical humor. You feel awful and the doctor asks that question. Have you had this before? And you know the answer if you say yes. Well, you have it again. That might be followed … Continue reading

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Not Simple, Really

Okay, this is going to get a little complicated, but people are fond of quoting that quip from Einstein – things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Not that people like Einstein that much – all … Continue reading

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Solving the Wrong Problem

There is a reason there’s that quote on the top of this page in the masthead, that one from G. K. Chesterton about how it isn’t that folks, worried sick about this or that, can’t see the solution to the … Continue reading

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America Chooses Decline

Every week it’s the weekly job numbers, and every month it’s the monthly job numbers. And as they’re always awful – when they aren’t flat and one or two commentators venture that maybe things might be getting better, slowly, but … Continue reading

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Facebook in the Age of Social Holocaust

The people of Egypt may have used Facebook to start a revolution – which may or may not actually topple the government. There has been much written about that – see Newsweek with Inside Egypt’s Facebook Revolt for example. But … Continue reading

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The Fraud Nightmare Becomes Reality

Al Franken, before he loosed his inner policy wonk and became a senator, used to mock the self-esteem movement – see Daily Affirmations by Stuart Smalley – “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me!” Yeah, … Continue reading

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