MICHAEL ELLSBERG ~ THE EDUCATION OF MILLIONAIRES ~ 2011

~ TMVTFIAOOOL-TMWAOB-A-TMAIG ~ The More Value That Flows In And Out Of Our Lives – The More We And Others Benefit – And – The More Affluence Is Generated

~ SIIOS ~ Success Is Its Own Skill

~ TT-SOTC-TT-TSOS-F-YCLTSOSWYALYC-B-DGFITYONTGGAYC ~ There’s The – Skill Of The Craft – Then There’s – The Skill Of Success – Fortunately – You Can Learn This Skill Of Success While You Also Learn Your Craft – But – Don’t Get Fooled Into Thinking You Only Need To Get Good At Your Craft

~ IYCGPW-DKAY-O-YSOYC-TBAO-Y-TY-SIM ~ If You Can Get People Who – Don’t Know About You – Or – Your Service Or Your Company – To Become Aware Of – You – Then You’re – Successful In Marketing

~ TDKAY-SH-AN-TKAY-T-SM ~ They Didn’t Know About You – Something Happened – And Now – They Know About You – That’s – Successful Marketing

~ LHTS-BC-TR-A-EEFIP ~ Learn How To Sell – By Creating – Trusting Relationships – And – Everything Else Falls Into Place

~ TEO-B-I-KEL-GIRA(EIIJALB)-A-CRAMOTIAEAPIEOFI ~ The Essence Of – Bootstrapping – Is – Keeping Expenses Low – Generating Income Right Away (Even If It’s Just A Little Bit) – And – Continually Reinvesting As Much Of That Income As Effectively As Possible Into Expanding Our Future Income

~ OC-IOTEYO-YHTBO ~ Of Course – In Order To Express Your Originality – You Have To Be Original

~ BTAOYOL ~ Become The Author Of Your Own Life

~ F-100%-O-YE-OWIYC-WCYDN?-HCYLABFTE?-HCYMF? ~ Focus – 100 Percent – Of – Your Energy – On What’s In Our Control – What Can You Do Now? – How Can You Learn And Benefit From The Experience? – How Can You Move Forward?

~ IT-IUACW-TWCFTAFITFYEOC-S-H-A-WOB-TWWFYUAWROMCAER-AWW-AYTBBAAT-C-S-S-C-A-NO-ATA-TIC-CR ~ In This – Increasingly Unpredictable And Chaotic World – The Wisest Choice For Thriving And Flourishing Is To Focus Your Efforts On Cultivating – Skills – Habits – And – Ways Of Being – That Will Work For You Under A Wide Range Of Market Circumstances And Economic Realities – And Which Will – Allow You To Bounce Back And Adapt To – Changes – Shifts – Shocks – Crashes – And – New Opportunities – As They Arise – This Is Called – Cultivating Resilience

~ IOTIS-ITWAGTNALO-R/F/A-IWWT-SAT-ATWOC ~ If One Thing Is Sure – It’s That We’re All Going To Need A Lot Of – Resilience / Flexibility / Adaptability – If We Want To – Survive And Thrive – Amid The Waves Of Change

HAL NIEDZVIECKI ~ THE PEEP DIARIES ~ 2009

~ PC ~ Peep Culture

~ WAPOPC-WALTLWOAON ~ We’re All Part Of Peep Culture – We’re All Learning To Love Watching Ourselves And Our Neighbors

~ IP-LILOCR-B-YNKWYGTWTBATRS ~ In Peep – Life Is Lived On Constant Record – Because – You Never Know When You’re Going To Want To Be Able To Rewind Something

~ TIUNC ~ The Increasingly Ubiquitous Nanny Cam

~ P-E-ALIP-FOIAODTA-TMOC-A-TOLLIFOAFAA ~ Peep – Emerges – At Least In Part – From Our Increasing And Ongoing Desire To Adopt The Mantel Of Celebrity – And – Try Out Life Lived In Front Of And For An Audience

~ TMWETRO-TMWBUTBOCAP-ITITWOP ~ The More We’re Encouraged To Reveal Ourselves – The More We’re Becoming Used To Being Observed Constantly And Perpetually

~ AWTSOTP?~ Increasingly Tangled In The Web Of Peep – Are We The Spiders Or Their Prey?

~ PCII ~ Peep Culture Is Infectious

~ S-ATOSAP-F-RCTAOC-TTLMOLI-ATB-OAC ~ Suddenly – All Things Once Sacred And Private – From – Religious Ceremonies To Acts Of Copulation – To The Last Moments Of Life Itself – Are To Be – Observed And Consumed

~ PACOS-IAA-HS-A-INLWIOW ~ Put A Camera On Something – Introduce An Audience – However Small – And – It’s No Longer What It Once Was

~ TAPDATWPOTTFTSPOHITRHOP ~ There’s A Profound Discomfort About The Whole Process Of Trying To Fit The Square Peg Of Humanity Into The Round Hole Of Product

~ T-MTE-WWTBTS-A-WTT-Y-WCASAPWB-S ~ Today – More Than Ever – We Want To Be The Stars – And – We’re Told That – Yes – We Can And Should And Probably Will Be Stars

~ M-WALTBTOPIISW-‘ATS’-WHPOAR-EAWASTJ-TS-I-E-MC-L-S ~ Meanwhile – We Are Led To Believe That Our Participation Is In Some Way – “Against The System” – We Happily Perceive Ourselves As Rebels – Even As We Actively Seek To Join – The System – In – Ever-More Cyborg-Like – Symbiosis

~ TYLIAEP-GYTPT-IANP-TPYTYSB-AOT-TPYAA ~ Turning Your Life Into An Entertainment Product – Gives You The Power To – Invent A New Person – The Person You Think You Should Be – As Opposed To – The Person You Actually Are

~ PWCTEHAC-EWIFOGIF ~ Peep Will Continue To Engender Horror And Confusion – Even While It Fixes Our Gaze In Fascination

~ ISHBBA-MF-A-MI-HIFAT-I-ICOMA-CAOS ~ I Should Have Been Blogging About – My Failures – And – Most Importantly – How I Felt About Them – Instead – I Concentrated On Maintaining A – Convincing Aura Of Success

~ FTR ~ Faking The Real

~ AMOPCAM ~ All Manifestations Of Peep Culture Are Mediated

~ WWW-NMWWW-WASTSO ~ What We Watch – No Matter What We Watch – We Always Seem To See Ourselves

~ TSMSC-ATVIOHASISTFO-WHASWYCUITG-M/A/F/C? ~ The Secrets Might Stop Coming – Already The Very Idea Of Having A Secret Is Starting To Feel Outmoded – Why Hoard A Secret When You Can Use It To Get Money, Attention, Friendship, Or Community?

~ NAOUWOSR-NAOUWTOUOLTAGMOPG-MAMOUAGCITCPU ~ Not All Of Us Want Our Secrets Revealed – Not All Of Us Want To Offer Up Our Lives To A Global Maelstrom Of Peep Gossip – More And More Of Us Are Getting Caught In The Culture Of Peep Unwillingly

~ WTBMPWSTUOPLASATSFTFPF?-OCTW ~ Will There Be More People Who Seek To Use Other People’s Lives And Secrets As The Source For Their For-Profit Feed? – Of Course There Will

~ SDWVWA-OSACHC ~ Shaming Doesn’t Work Very Well Anymore – Our Societies And Communities Have Changed

~ WASLFRFTT ~ We Are Still Looking For Recognition From The Tribe

~ CG ~ Cyber-Groom

~ ITAOP-WS-R/S/G-L-M-PAT-WAATCOITEAA ~ In The Age Of Peep – We Spread – Rumor / Shame / Gossip – Like – Margarine – Plentiful And Tasteless – We Apply A Thick Coat Of It To Everything And Anything

~ WS-TWBNP-TAOPITGAOS ~ Without Surveillance – There Would Be No Peep – The Age Of Peep Is The Golden Age Of Surveillance

~ NITNTWABWMPTITW ~ Nowhere Is The Need To Watch And Be Watched More Prevalent Than In The Workplace

~ TMWUTBWITW-TMWLTISTIODL ~ The More We’re Used To Being Watched In The Workplace – The More We’re Likely To Incorporate Similar Techniques Into Our Domestic Lives

~ S-INJ-TCBMROWWO-I-AO-TI-THF-TTW/D/H/D/E-O-TPBAIFOTC ~ Surveillance – Is Never Just – The Cold-Blooded Methodical Record Of What Went On – It’s – Always Open – To Interpretation – To Human Foible – To The Weaknesses / Desires /Hopes / Dreams / Egos – Of – The People Behind And In Front Of The Camera

~ PCLAPAMAC ~ People Care Less About Privacy And More About Connection

~ PIBMAMCTMAA-TMYH-TMPYDTH ~ Privacy Is Becoming More And More Connected To Money And Acquisition – The More You Have – The More Privacy You Deserve To Have

~ OEOPIAAHODAA ~ Our Enclaves Of Private Individualism Are Also Havens Of Depression And Anxiety

~ TIGFOLP-ISTANOGC-AEGA ~ The Information Generated From Our Loyalty Programs – Is Sold To Any Number Of Gigantic Companies – And Even Government Agencies

~ ITEOP-YNKWPSIGTSTONF ~ In The Era Of Peep – You Never Know What Past Silliness Is Going To Stick To Our Name Forever

~ M&M-TWHNICOWEBMP-AUAU-ACTTF ~ More And More – Things We Had No Idea Could Or Would Ever Be Made Public – And Used Against Us – Are Coming To The Fore

~ ESD-WETSEAA-B-VCAI-CE-W-ATST-PTSOP ~ Every Single Day – We’re Encouraged To Share Everything And Anything – By – Various Corporations And Information-Collecting Entities – Who – At The Same Time – Promise To Safeguard Our Privacy

~ U-TALOMTBMOOP-BA-ASOSAA-A-A-ACWWTEDTOIDTCABC ~ Ultimately – There’s A Lot Of Money To Be Made Off Of Privacy – Both As – A Symbol Of Status And Attainment – And – As – A Commodity We’re Willing To Exchange Due To Our Inherent Desire To Connect And Be Connected

~ FP ~ Future Peep

~ FTLHOSY-PC-HRPHIATPTFAS ~ For The Last Hundred Or So Years – Pop Culture – Has Relentlessly Peddled Hyper- Individualism As The Path To Fulfilment And Success

~ TAPOT-WAAJUIOO-PP-SU-A-B? ~ There Are People Out There – Who Are Actually Judging Us On Our – Profile Pages – Status Updates – And – Blogs?

JULIA ANGWIN ~ DRAGNET NATION ~ 2014

~ DN ~ Dragnet Nation

~ AQF-P-S-A-F-IAWORS ~ A Quest For – Privacy – Security – And – Freedom – In A World Of Relentless Surveillance

~ WALIADN ~ We Are Living In A Dragnet Nation

~ AWOIT ~ A World Of Indiscriminate Tracking

~ CARPFLCD ~ Companies Are Rarely Penalized For Losing Customer Data

~ PL-DTATPTTEAAS ~ Police Lineup – Dragnets That Allow The Police To Treat Everyone As A Suspect

~ IUPQ ~ Innocent Until Proven Guilty

~ IWTTBRI-TDW-FLSWHW ~ I Want There To Be Room In – The Digital World For – Letters Sealed With Hot Wax

~ DWWTLIAWWWAAAROBH? ~ Do We Want To Live In A World Where We Are Always At Risk Of Being Hacked?

~ PS ~ Public Space

~ TPD ~ Third-Party Doctrine

~ MD ~ MetaData

~ ATT-ISLA-UEM ~ At The Time – It Seemed Like An – Understandable Emergency Measure

~ SD-HB-TNN ~ Suspicionless Dragnets – Had Become – The New Normal

~ F-SVHABM:T ~ Finally – Silicon Valley Had A Business Model: Tracking

~ ‘DDC’ ~ “Dark Data Circle”

~ TGRCTCD-AT-SITCE-WLTDASIBTTG ~ The Government Requires Citizens To Create Data – And Then – Sells It To Commercial Entities – Which Launder The Data And Sell It Back To The Government

~ TRITCAGDAIL;NCEWTO ~ The Reality Is That Corporate And Government Dragnets Are Inextricably Linked; Neither Can Exist Without The Other

~ PCWSAMBCTBATIA ~ People Cope With Surveillance As Much By Changing Their Behavior As Through Increased Anxiety

~ FOA ~ Freedom Of Association

~ CPBTAIAFTORR ~ Categorizing People By Their Associations Is A Favorite Tactic Of Repressive Regimes

~ PSNB-PFJG-O-A-CIJG ~ People Should Not Be – Prevented From Joining Groups – Or – Alternatively – Coerced Into Joining Groups

~ ITW-ECWMAUW-AP-AP-O-AI ~ In Today’s World – Every Choice We Make Associates Us With – A Person – A Place – Or – An Idea

~ DTAIQLPIDD? ~ Does The Activity In Question Limit Participation In Democratic Debate?

~ TM ~ Threat Model

~ TROIT ~ The Rise Of Indiscriminate Tracking

~ IT-CETCOA-TSS ~ Indiscriminate Tracking – Could Enable The Creation Of A – Totalitarian Surveillance State

~ SV ~ Surveillance Vegan

~ LB ~ Lookup Business

~ TOIWTOOTNTTSQWETC ~ Turns Out I Wasn’t The Only One To Notice That The Security Questions Were Easy To Circumvent

~ PNR ~ Passenger Name Records

~ N-VIP ~ NOT – VIP

~ BIHACTLM-PP-IWH ~ Before I Had A Chance To Launch My – Privacy Project – I Was Hacked

~ ‘PUITW’ ~ “Password Use In The Wild”

~ ATGGO ~ Appealing The Government’s Gag Order

~ U-TQITSAFAD-WTDBAE? ~ Ultimately – The Question Is The Same As For All Dragnets – Will The Data Be Abused Eventually?

~ IWCTTAJFM ~ It Was Clearly Too Technical A Job For Me

~ UAU-CIMA ~ Unloved And Untrendy – Cash It Mostly Anonymous

~ WWHIEOIYSL? ~ What Would Happen If Every One In Your Situation Lied?

~ TA ~ “Traffic Analysis”

~ PIKTOOP ~ “Pseudonymity Is Key To Our Online Privacy”

~ THOM ~ The Hall Of Mirrors

~ TICBATCIED ~ The Information Collected By Ad-Tracking Companies Is Extremely Detailed

~’PC’~ “Perceived Control”

~ DARBAC ~ Data About Readers Became A Commodity

~ IAAKEAYEYN-DTNRM? ~ If An Advertiser Knows Everything About You Except Your Name – Does The Name Really Matter?

~ ‘THYD-HT-W-LT’ ~ “That’s How You Defeat – High-Tech – With – Low-Tech”

~ AUD ~ An Unfairness Doctrine

~ “SousVeillance”

~ OWT-ETPF-WBFETBI-TSB-‘SV’-CMTGFB-AAA-TGMTFA ~ One Way To – Even The Playing Field – Would Be For Everyone To Be In – The Surveillance Business – “SousVeillance” – Citizens Monitor The Government From Below – As Aggressively As – The Government Monitors Them From Above

~ NAC ~ New Asset Class

~ PLTGPTRTSTDTIUAT-SLAGI ~ Privacy Laws That Give People The Right To See The Data That Is Used Against Them – Seem Like A Good Idea

~ GDMNBC-TMBSBEALBOAC ~ Government Dragnets Must Not Be Covert – They Must Be Scrutinized By Either A Legislative Body Or A Court

~ O-SLIU-TQ-HUIA? ~ Okay – So Life Is Unfair – The Question – How Unfair Is Acceptable?

~ D-TD-PIWLRT-A-C-A-D-TD? ~ Does – The Dragnet – Provide Individuals With Legal Right To – Access – Correct – And – Dispute The Data?

~ ATDOHAFTWTDAU? ~ Are The Dragnet Operators Held Accountable For The Way The Data Are Used?

~ I-TD-TIFIP?-DIBS?-CIWPS? ~ Is – The Dragnet – Too Intrusive For Its Purpose? – Does It Benefit Society? – Can It Withstand Public Scrutiny?

LI PARISER ~ THE FILTER BUBBLE ~ 2011

~ D-RCTSTFOAPOV-B-I-WMAMEI-OOB ~ Democracy – Requires Citizens To See Things From One Another’s Point Of View – But – Instead – We’re More And More Enclosed In – Our Own Bubbles

~ T-NI-DJKYAD;IKYBAWTSYABOPK ~ The – New Internet – Doesn’t Just Know You’re A Dog; It Knows Your Breed And Wants To Sell You A Bowl Of Premium Kibble

~ I-P-ITA-ICPUFCICW-T-M-B-P-S-E-A-I-TCHWTATWAO ~ If – Personalization – Is Too Acute – It Could Prevent Us From Coming Into Contact With – The – Mind-Blowing – Preconception-Shattering – Experiences – And – Ideas – That Change How We Think About The World And Ourselves

~ T-U-I-T-C ~ The – User – Is – The – Content

~ WHATTB-T-TWIAIATB ~ We Have A Tendency To Believe – That – The World Is As It Appears To Be

~ LAL-T-FB-ITTWWE-BC-WWSADS ~ Like A Lens – The – Filter Bubble – Invisibly Transforms The World We Experience – By Controlling – What We See And Don’t See

~ IWWTKWTWRLL-WHTUHFSASOVOI ~ If We Want To Know What The World Really Looks Like – We Have To Understand How Filters Shape And Skew Our View Of It

~ PF-CU-CB-B-SOEIAANO-F-TFB-SUWIWWWAF(AAA)-MUOIOMF-S-IRFOESOTKPTMUWTL ~ Personalized Filters – Can Upset – Cognitive Balance – Between – Strengthening Our Existing Ideas And Acquiring New Ones – First – The Filter Bubble – Surrounds Us With Ideas With Which We’re Already Familiar (And Already Agree) – Making Us Overconfident In Our Mental Frameworks – Second – It Removes From Our Environment Some Of The Key Prompts That Make Us Want To Learn

~ E-HALIITTTDTETW-A-AAFYOWOT-TTTSTE ~ Experts – Have A Lot Invested In The Theories They’ve Developed To Explain The World – And – After A Few Years Of Working On Them – They Tend To See Them Everywhere

~ TFB-TT-DA-CB-CITCTOIOTWIEAP;CITCUTTINWOQOAIFAD ~ The Filter Bubble – Tends To – Dramatically Amplify – Confirmation Bias – Consuming Information That Conforms To Our Ideas Of The World Is Easy And Pleasurable; Consuming Information That Challenges Us To Think In New Ways Or Question Our Assumptions Is Frustrating And Difficult

~ ITB-TPOCTVWYKGWU ~ In The Bubble – The Proportion Of Content That Validates What You Know Goes Way Up

~ SOTMICB-ASB-TIOTERITFADTRO ~ Some Of The Most Important Creative Breakthroughs – Are Spurred By – The Introduction Of The Entirely Random Ideas That Filters Are Designed To Rule Out

~ ITFB-TLD-YDSTTTDIYAA-YNELATTAMEAIYM ~ In The Filter Bubble – Things Look Different – You Don’t See The Things That Don’t Interest You At All – You’re Not Even Latently Aware That There Are Major Events And Ideas You’re Missing

~ ABTOY ~ A Bad Theory of You

~ HWB-IABAB-OFAPS ~ How We Behave – Is A Balancing Act Between – Our Future And Present Selves

~ WIAWF-WAWWC ~ With Information As With Food – We Are What We Consume

~ TIAYL ~ Trapped In A You Loop

~ SWHWTITYD? ~ So What Happens When The Internet Thinks Your Dumb?

~ RT-DP-AIEPP-ISW-TI-I-CI ~ Rather Than – Decentralizing Power – As Its Early Proponents Predicted – In Some Ways – The Internet – Is – Concentrating It

~ LOTC ~ Lords Of The Cloud

~ PD-S-ITC-I-MEFTGTS-T-IOAHC ~ Personal Data – Stored – In The Cloud – Is – Much Easier For The Government To Search – Than – Information On A Home Computer

~ I-KIP-T-AIKAAIP ~ If – Knowledge Is Power – Then – Asymmetries In Knowledge Are Asymmetries In Power

~ FWS-TFBWOBOTTIOSTAIBCOU ~ Friendly World Syndrome – The Filter Bubble Will Often Block Out The Things In Our Society That Are Important But Complex Or Unpleasant

~ IIBTH-SBFT-TNAA ~ It Is Better To Have – Some Bar For Truthfulness – Than None At All

~ WWCLSOOSP-TDLSOU ~ While We Can Lose Sight Of Our Shared Problems – They Don’t Lose Sight Of Us

~ U-DW-OI-WCACOTBONS-I ~ Ultimately – Democracy Works – Only If – We Citizens Are Capable Of Thinking Beyond Our Narrow Self-Interest

~ ‘CIL’ ~ “Code Is Law”

~ MOTT-E-RTITTWH-MOPC-AA ~ Much Of The Time – Engineers – Resist The Idea That Their Work Has – Moral Or Political Consequences – At All

~ $50BSC ~ $50 Billion Sand Castle

~ I-P-ROI-CT-TNFCB-SAMP-TMOUWI ~ If – Personalization – Remains On Its – Current Trajectory – The Near Future Could Be – Stranger And More Problematic – Than Many Of Us Would Imagine

~ A-A-VB-WA-CP ~ Advertar – A – Virtual Being – With A – Commercial Purpose

~ NSTA-AFVL ~ No Such Thing As – A Free Virtual Lunch

~ ‘AFM’ ~ “Advertiser-Funded Media”

~ A-T-GBABADOA-WNTWC-WIIDOAT ~ As – Technology – Gets Better And Better At Directing Our Attention – We Need To Watch Closely – What It Is Directing Our Attention Toward

~ SIASTJ ~ Serendipity Is A Shortcut To Joy

~ TNF-CSB-MT-FS-M-T-TTP-STIPTHADAHTETRITFP ~ The New Filterers – Can Start By – Making Their – Filtering Systems – More – Transparent – To The Public – So That It’s Possible To Have A Discussion About How They’re Exercising Their Responsibilities In The First Place

~ YSKWHYPD-WDTH-A-HIU ~ You Should Know Who Has Your Personal Data – What Data They Have – And – How It’s Used

~ YSBATPICAYFOPFBUFO ~ You Should Be Able To Prevent Information Collected About You For One Purpose From Being Used For Others

~ YSBATCIIAY ~ You Should Be Able To Correct Inaccurate Information About You

~ YDSBS ~ Your Data Should Be Secure

DANIEL GOLEMAN ~ SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE ~ 2006

~ TSB ~ The Social Brain

~ SC ~ Social Corrosion

~ CD ~ Creeping Disconnection

~ SN ~ Social Neuroscience

~ AW ~ Acting Wisely

~ TEE ~ The Emotional Economy

~ CE ~ Catching Emotions

~ RFI ~ Radar For Insincerity

~ F-IT-BDR-O-NW-T-O-EMM-O-TMOOF-MOFIV-TDOEI-AAU-A-SISDCE-BDAWWF-TTHOFOA-DAE-A-RSP ~ Forthrightness – Is The – Brain’s Default Response – Our – Neural Wiring – Transmits – Our – Every Minor Mood – Onto – The Muscles Of Our Face – Making Our Feelings Instantly Visible – The Display Of Emotion Is – Automatic And Unconscious – And – So Its Suppression Demands Conscious Effort – Being Devious About What We Feel – Trying To Hide Our Fear Or Anger – Demands Active Effort – And – Rarely Succeeds Perfectly

~ TGOS ~ The Glow Of Simpatico

~ WOAIS-WTOAB-M-CD-E-EO ~ When Our Attention Is Split – We Tune Out A Bit – Missing – Crucial Details – Especially – Emotional Ones

~ IS ~ In Synch

~ NM-‘MN’-DJT-RB-AAWOISE-MU-MTA-O-HTITDS ~ Neural Mirrors – “Mirror Neurons” – Do Just That – They – Reflect Back – An Action We Observe In Someone Else – Making Us – Mimic That Action – Or – Have The Impulse To Do So

~ THBHM-MNS-NJF-MA-BA-FRI-FETSI-FWSD ~ The Human Brain Harbors Multiple – Mirror Neuron Systems – Not Just For – Mimicking Actions – But Also – For Reading Intentions – For Extracting The Social Implications – From What Someone Does

~ THFA ~ The Happy Face Advantage

~ S-HAEOAOEE:T-HB-P-HF ~ Smiles – Have An Edge Over All Other Emotional Expressions: The – Human Brain – Prefers – Happy Faces

~ L-MBTSDBTB-A-UIS-TBA-ISB ~ Laughter – May Be The Shortest Distance Between Two Brains – An – Unstoppable Infectious Spread – That Builds An – Instant Social Bond

~ MW ~ Meme Wars

~ APCA-ISIN-TC-HSTSA-MP-A-I-TAAID ~ Although People Can Also – Ignore Someone In Need – That Cold-Heartedness Seems To Suppress A – More Primal – Automatic – Impulse – To Aid Another In Distress

~ TB-A-E-B-FTSN-WB-PAP-AA ~ The Brain – Achieves – Efficiency – By – Firing The Same Neurons – While Both – Perceiving And Performing – An Action

~ IOTTEA-SA-P-MCTCO-TITTCAAA ~ Instead Of Trying To Explain Away – Selfless Acts – Philosophers – Might Contemplate The Conundrum Of – The Innumerable Times That Cruel Acts Are Absent

~ ETWC-ST-WCSSS-OTOV-OFE-AWWF-EWPTTSASOTE-FHAWOLA-ITS-WICTE-WCNC ~ Even Though We Can Stop Talking – We Cannot Stop Sending Signals – Our Tone Of Voice – Our Fleeting Expressions – About What We Feel – Even When People Try To Suppress All Signs Of Their Emotions – Feelings Have A Way Of Leaking Anyway – In This Sense – When It Comes To Emotions – We Cannot Not Communicate

~ ‘PONS’ ~ “The Profile Of Nonverbal Sensitivity”

~ FL-M-PS-STEA-LC-W-UA-OONCFC-PU-OTSW ~ Full Listening – Maximizes – Physiological Synchrony – So That Emotions Align – Listening Carefully – With – Undivided Attention – Orients Our Neural Circuits For Connectivity – Putting Us – On The Same Wavelength

~ K-A-H-TSW-AW ~ Knowledge – About – How – The Social World – Actually Works

~ ME-ES-TFATFILTATOAS-TSOAF-SAMU-TOACATHAPAFATM ~ MicroExpressions – Emotional Signals – That Flit Across The Face In Less Than A Third Of A Second – The Snap Of A Finger – Spontaneous And Made Unconsciously – They Offer A Clue As To How A Person Actually Feels At That Moment

~ Y-A-I ~ You – And – It

~ I-Y ~ I – You

~ I-I-OP-A-MTSOE ~ I – It – Other People – As – Means To Some Other End

~ I-Y-R-AEII ~ I – You – Relationship – An End In Itself

~ ‘FF’ ~ “Feeling Felt”

~ GAND ~ Genes Are Not Destiny

~ TRE ~ The Reparative Experience

~ TSPFH ~ The Set Point For Happiness

~ EIACD-OAM-FBOFW-O-HTHS ~ Everyone In A Child’s Day – Offers A Model – For Better Or For Worse – Of – How To Handle Stress

~ O-R-T-F-E-TCTCGOOO-TIWOD-B-SBC ~ Our – Relationships – Themselves – Form – Environments – That Can Turn Certain Genes On Or Off – The Invisible Web Of Disconnectedness – Bestows – Surprising Biological Consequences

~ HC ~ Healthy Connections

~ R-CTW:TCEBUFI-O-ITROAAD ~ Relationships – Cut Two Ways: They Can Either Buffer Us From Illness – Or – Intensify The Ravages Of Aging And Disease

~ TAO-T-LA-S-AW-TM-PT-TVF ~ The Aftereffects Of – Trauma – Like All – Stress – Are Worse – The More – Personally Targeted – The Victim Feels

~ SE-TEO-CS-RATWDTTLO-GE-IT-IC-EFFIAHW ~ Social Epigenetics – The Effects Of – Continual Stress – Reach All The Way Down To The Level Of – Gene Expression – In The – Immune Cells – Essential For Fighting Infections And Healing Wounds

~ D-UST-MBAPMT-MOOESFTB ~ Dropping – Unrewarding Social Ties – May Be A Preemptive Move To – Manage Our Own Emotional States For The Better

~ ER ~ Emotional Rescuers

~ PC ~ Positive Contagion

~ AHP ~ A Healing Presence

~ EI-WFAALFW-WCAO-TGOALP ~ Even If – We Feel At A Loss For Words – We Can Always Offer – The Gift Of A Loving Presence

~ M-P-CMS-ETP-W-SBD-WSUUOWPSTT ~ Mere – Presence – Can Matter Surprisingly – Even To Patients – With – Severe Brain Damage – Who Seem Utterly Unaware Of What People Say To Them

~ APP ~ A People Prescription

~ OL ~ Organized Lovelessness

~ RTHB ~ Recognizing The Human Being

~ HH ~ Healing Healers

~ HR ~ Healing Relationships

~ SC ~ Social Consequence

~ T-SS-F-A ~ The – Sweet Spot – For – Achievement

~ AOS ~ An Optimal State

~ DKL ~ Distress Kills Learning

~ TSIL ~ The Socially Intelligent Leader

~ SIL-SW-BFP-A-GIS ~ Socially Intelligent Leadership – Starts With – Being Fully Present – And – Getting In Synch

~ ASC ~ A Special Connection

~ CC ~ Connected Communities

~ SC ~ Strengthening Connections

~ H-OLTBBP-N-BC ~ Help – Offenders Learn To Be Better People – Not – Better Criminals

~ F-T-T-U ~ From – Them – To – Us

~ TGTD-UFT-BWT-SOE-A-ATGWAFT-PO-T-WWL ~ The Gulf That Divides – Us From Them – Builds With The – Silencing Of Empathy – And – Across That Gulf We Are Free To – Project Onto – Them – Whatever We Like

~ WWRTSA-OOT-WCOO-AI ~ When We Relate To Someone As – One Of Them – We Close Off Our – Altruistic Impulses

~ IB ~ Implicit Bias

~ BTFTA ~ Brief Tutorial For The Amygdala

~ C-THD ~ Closing – The Hostile Divide

~ WRM ~ What Really Matters

~ T-RW-O-FF ~ The – Raw Buzz – Of – Fellow Feeling

~ WMRT-PA-TWAIT-TSE-TEEOS-HS ~ We Must Reconsider The – Pat Assumption – That We Are Immune To – Toxic Social Encounters – The Emotional Equivalent Of Second-Hand Smoke

~ SR-B-HAN-WWAIWTHCOSIO ~ Social Responsibility – Begins – Here And Now – When We Act In Ways That Help Create Optimal States In Others

~ TCCFTC-WBT-ETCOTWCA-U-A-STNWCA-T ~ The Crucial Challenge For This Century – Will Be To – Expand The Circle Of Those We Count Among – Us – And – Shrink The Numbers We Count As – Them

~ WNNATDTHB ~ We Need Not Accept The Divisions That Hatred Breeds

~ TSBWCUAAOCHC ~ The Social Brain’s Wiring Connects Us All At Our Common Human Core

CARNE ROSS ~ THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION ~ 2011

~ ACIAPSC ~ Anyone Can Initiate A Profound Social Change

~ TVCIW-NA-FMOU-PIASS-WO-TD ~ The Vast Crowd Is Watching – Not Acting – For Most Of Us – Politics Is A Spectator Sport – We Observe – They Do

~ TDCBVATR ~ The Deepening Chasm Between Voters And Their Representatives

~ TPSIOMAMNBC-BB-BBATW ~ The Political Space Is Occupied More And More Not By Citizens – But By – Big Business And The Wealthy

~ WPUTF-A-FP-TPTPP ~ Wealthy Philanthropists Use Their Foundations – And – Financial Pull – To Promote Their Political Preferences

~ IGCPF-TSSAJAOO-CA-WC? ~ If Government Cannot Provide For – The – Stability – Safety – And – Just Arbitration – Of Our Common Affairs – Who Can?

~ SOG-IOT-A-RMLT-I-A ~ Self-Organized Government – Is One Term – Another – Rather More Loaded Term – Is – Anarchism

~ TMAOVILLALAAAS ~ The Minimalist Act Of Voting Is Looking Less And Less Adequate As A Solution

~ IINCT-CPI-WNOI-DIF-SGSATTCIOH-I-IIETTII-ETIOTMPIGOCI-A-NL-TPN-ITE ~ It Is Not Clear That Contemporary Political Institutions – Whether National Or International – Do In Fact Successfully Give Sufficient Attention To The Common Interest Of Humanity – Instead – It’s Increasingly Evident That These Institutions Instead – Elevate The Interests Of The Most Powerful Interest Groups Over Collective Interests – And – Neglect Long-Term Primary Needs – Including The Environment

~ SUFPDP-AATWSU-PATNT-S ~ Setting Up Fake Pro-Democracy Pages – Arresting All Those Who Showed Up – Power Adapts To New Technology – Swiftly

~ IOED-TW-OMLTFT-OAW-ATATOD-‘TDM’ ~ Instead Of Encouraging Debate – The Web – Offers Multiple Locations To Find Those – One Agrees With – And To Avoid Those One Doesn’t – “The Daily Me”

~ ‘DD’-MP ~ “Deliberative Democracy” – Meeting People

~ IPATTDSABSWICIA-ATOTDI ~ If People Are Told To Do Something Awful By Someone Who Is Clearly In Authority – All Too Often They Do It

~ WPFNAANRFTA-TCCHC ~ When People Feel No Agency And No Responsibility For Their Actions – They Can Commit Horrific Crimes

~ AIAIUFO-THO-‘G’-WAFOUOLGOPM ~ As In All Institutions Unscrutinized From Outside – The Hold Of – “Groupthink” – Was A Firm One Upon Our Little Group Of Policy Makers

~ TAIO-CIWTCOTA-RTMUT-EOUIRFTWAII-AFEO ~ The Answer Is Obvious – Confront Individuals With The Consequences Of Their Actions – Restore The Moral Understanding That Each Of Us Is Responsible For The World As It Is – And For Each Other

~ HCATGOPPKWIBFTCOM? ~ How Can A Tiny Group Of People Possibly Know What Is Best For Their Country Of Millions?

~ TMEOA-‘P’-CTEITSIBD-WIIN ~ The Mere Existence Of A – “Process” – Created The Erroneous Impression That Something Is Being Done – When It Is Not

~ TMDEOTS-INTIDW-IITW-IWNIISTF-CI-PTBI-CTAE-A-PITC ~ The Most Dangerous Effect Of The System – Is Not That It Doesn’t Work – It Is That We – In Whose Name It Is Supposed To Function – Condone It – Pretend To Believe It – Contrary To All Evidence – And – Permit It To Continue

~ CTCA-IACHAFGPTCTC-AITOTWW-TGP ~ Contrary To Common Assumptions – Individuals Acting Collectively Have A Far Greater Power To Control Their Circumstances – And Indeed Those Of The Whole World – Than Governments Pretend

~ TMATE ~ The Means Are The Ends

~ PCMRTW-WRIBTA-I-REOT-EWC-CRMWA-A-AIDTMTCRWIPTTBFEI ~ People Can Manage Resources Tolerably Well – Without Rules Imposed By The Authorities – If – Rules Evolved Over Time – Entitlements Were Clear – Conflict Resolution Measures Were Available – And – An Individual’s Duty To Maintain The Common Resource Was In Proportion To The Benefits From Exploiting It

~ LYC-AIDOWYCMA-DNLOTYWTCA-MUYOM ~ Locate Your Convictions – An Individual Discovery Of What You Care Most About – Do Not Let Others Tell You What To Care About – Make Up Your Own Mind

~ WGTM-WGTG-? ~ Who’s Got The Money – Who’s Got The Gun – ?

~ AAITMATE-IAH-AIAN ~ Act As If The Means Are The End – It’s All Here – And It’s All Now

~ GCTTNOO-BUWTSATN-NWWTTNA-APWTW ~ Give Consideration To The Needs Of Others – Based Upon What They Say Are Their Needs – Not What We Think Their Needs Are – Ask People What They Want

~ ATSTM-H-YCMTMD ~ Address Those Suffering The Most – Here – You Can Make The Most Difference

~ C&N ~ Consult And Negotiate

~ UN ~ Use Nonviolence

~ DNBSW-P-OW-R ~ Do Not Be Satisfied With – Process – Only With – Results

~ IITATBOTPWMH-EITDNKI ~ It Is Those At The Base Of The Pyramid Who Make History – Even If They Do Not Know It

~ EFIBTA ~ Even Failure Is Better Than Acquiescence

HAL NIEDZVIECKI ~ THE PEEP DIARIES ~ 2009

~ PC ~ Peep Culture

~ WAPOPC-WALTLWOAON ~ We’re All Part Of Peep Culture – We’re All Learning To Love Watching Ourselves And Our Neighbors

~ IP-LILOCR-B-YNKWYGTWTBATRS ~ In Peep – Life Is Lived On Constant Record – Because – You Never Know When You’re Going To Want To Be Able To Rewind Something

~ TIUNC ~ The Increasingly Ubiquitous Nanny Cam

~ P-E-ALIP-FOIAODTA-TMOC-A-TOLLIFOAFAA ~ Peep – Emerges – At Least In Part – From Our Increasing And Ongoing Desire To Adopt The Mantel Of Celebrity – And – Try Out Life Lived In Front Of And For An Audience

~ TMWETRO-TMWBUTBOCAP-ITITWOP ~ The More We’re Encouraged To Reveal Ourselves – The More We’re Becoming Used To Being Observed Constantly And Perpetually

~ AWTSOTP?~ Increasingly Tangled In The Web Of Peep – Are We The Spiders Or Their Prey?

~ PCII ~ Peep Culture Is Infectious

~ S-ATOSAP-F-RCTAOC-TTLMOLI-ATB-OAC ~ Suddenly – All Things Once Sacred And Private – From – Religious Ceremonies To Acts Of Copulation – To The Last Moments Of Life Itself – Are To Be – Observed And Consumed

~ PACOS-IAA-HS-A-INLWIOW ~ Put A Camera On Something – Introduce An Audience – However Small – And – It’s No Longer What It Once Was

~ TAPDATWPOTTFTSPOHITRHOP ~ There’s A Profound Discomfort About The Whole Process Of Trying To Fit The Square Peg Of Humanity Into The Round Hole Of Product

~ T-MTE-WWTBTS-A-WTT-Y-WCASAPWB-S ~ Today – More Than Ever – We Want To Be The Stars – And – We’re Told That – Yes – We Can And Should And Probably Will Be Stars

~ M-WALTBTOPIISW-‘ATS’-WHPOAR-EAWASTJ-TS-I-E-MC-L-S ~ Meanwhile – We Are Led To Believe That Our Participation Is In Some Way – “Against The System” – We Happily Perceive Ourselves As Rebels – Even As We Actively Seek To Join – The System – In – Ever-More Cyborg-Like – Symbiosis

~ TYLIAEP-GYTPT-IANP-TPYTYSB-AOT-TPYAA ~ Turning Your Life Into An Entertainment Product – Gives You The Power To – Invent A New Person – The Person You Think You Should Be – As Opposed To – The Person You Actually Are

~ PWCTEHAC-EWIFOGIF ~ Peep Will Continue To Engender Horror And Confusion – Even While It Fixes Our Gaze In Fascination

~ ISHBBA-MF-A-MI-HIFAT-I-ICOMA-CAOS ~ I Should Have Been Blogging About – My Failures – And – Most Importantly – How I Felt About Them – Instead – I Concentrated On Maintaining A – Convincing Aura Of Success

~ FTR ~ Faking The Real

~ AMOPCAM ~ All Manifestations Of Peep Culture Are Mediated

~ WWW-NMWWW-WASTSO ~ What We Watch – No Matter What We Watch – We Always Seem To See Ourselves

~ TSMSC-ATVIOHASISTFO-WHASWYCUITG-M/A/F/C? ~ The Secrets Might Stop Coming – Already The Very Idea Of Having A Secret Is Starting To Feel Outmoded – Why Hoard A Secret When You Can Use It To Get Money, Attention, Friendship, Or Community?

~ NAOUWOSR-NAOUWTOUOLTAGMOPG-MAMOUAGCITCPU ~ Not All Of Us Want Our Secrets Revealed – Not All Of Us Want To Offer Up Our Lives To A Global Maelstrom Of Peep Gossip – More And More Of Us Are Getting Caught In The Culture Of Peep Unwillingly

~ WTBMPWSTUOPLASATSFTFPF?-OCTW ~ Will There Be More People Who Seek To Use Other People’s Lives And Secrets As The Source For Their For-Profit Feed? – Of Course There Will

~ SDWVWA-OSACHC ~ Shaming Doesn’t Work Very Well Anymore – Our Societies And Communities Have Changed

~ WASLFRFTT ~ We Are Still Looking For Recognition From The Tribe

~ C-G ~ Cyber-Groom

~ ITAOP-WS-R/S/G-L-M-PAT-WAATCOITEAA ~ In The Age Of Peep – We Spread – Rumor / Shame / Gossip – Like – Margarine – Plentiful And Tasteless – We Apply A Thick Coat Of It To Everything And Anything

~ WS-TWBNP-TAOPITGAOS ~ Without Surveillance – There Would Be No Peep – The Age Of Peep Is The Golden Age Of Surveillance

~ NITNTWABWMPTITW ~ Nowhere Is The Need To Watch And Be Watched More Prevalent Than In The Workplace

~ TMWUTBWITW-TMWLTISTIODL ~ The More We’re Used To Being Watched In The Workplace – The More We’re Likely To Incorporate Similar Techniques Into Our Domestic Lives

~ S-INJ-TCBMROWWO-I-AO-TI-THF-TTW/D/H/D/E-O-TPBAIFOTC ~ Surveillance – Is Never Just – The Cold-Blooded Methodical Record Of What Went On – It’s – Always Open – To Interpretation – To Human Foible – To The Weaknesses / Desires /Hopes / Dreams / Egos – Of – The People Behind And In Front Of The Camera

~ PCLAPAMAC ~ People Care Less About Privacy And More About Connection

~ PIBMAMCTMAA-TMYH-TMPYDTH ~ Privacy Is Becoming More And More Connected To Money And Acquisition – The More You Have – The More Privacy You Deserve To Have

~ OEOPIAAHODAA ~ Our Enclaves Of Private Individualism Are Also Havens Of Depression And Anxiety

~ TIGFOLP-ISTANOGC-AEGA ~ The Information Generated From Our Loyalty Programs – Is Sold To Any Number Of Gigantic Companies – And Even Government Agencies

~ ITEOP-YNKWPSIGTSTONF ~ In The Era Of Peep – You Never Know What Past Silliness Is Going To Stick To Our Name Forever

~ M&M-TWHNICOWEBMP-AUAU-ACTTF ~ More And More – Things We Had No Idea Could Or Would Ever Be Made Public – And Used Against Us – Are Coming To The Fore

~ ESD-WETSEAA-B-VCAI-CE-W-ATST-PTSOP ~ Every Single Day – We’re Encouraged To Share Everything And Anything – By – Various Corporations And Information-Collecting Entities – Who – At The Same Time – Promise To Safeguard Our Privacy

~ U-TALOMTBMOOP-BA-ASOSAA-A-A-ACWWTEDTOIDTCABC ~ Ultimately – There’s A Lot Of Money To Be Made Off Of Privacy – Both As – A Symbol Of Status And Attainment – And – As – A Commodity We’re Willing To Exchange Due To Our Inherent Desire To Connect And Be Connected

~ FP ~ Future Peep

~ FTLHOSY-PC-HRPHIATPTFAS ~ For The Last Hundred Or So Years – Pop Culture – Has Relentlessly Peddled Hyper- Individualism As The Path To Fulfilment And Success

~ TAPOT-WAAJUIOO-PP-SU-A-B? ~ There Are People Out There – Who Are Actually Judging Us On Our – Profile Pages – Status Updates – And – Blogs?

JAMES KWAK ~ ECONOMISM ~ 2017

~ BEATROI ~ Bad Economics And The Rise Of Inequality

~ E-ROTPT-PCAM-BAT-TA-TDIOAE101T-ETTABTDVNHTITRW ~ Economism – Rests On The Premise That – People – Companies – And – Markets – Behave According To – The Abstract – Two-Dimensional Illustrations Of An Economics 101 Textbook – Even Though The Assumptions Behind Those Diagrams Virtually Never Hold True In The Real World

~ EIAILTWPMSOR-BICTAO-‘E’-ECBAPRT ~ Economism Is An Interpretive Lens Through Which People Make Sense Of Reality – Because It Claims The Authority Of – “Economics” – Economism Can Be A Powerful Rhetorical Tool

~ WSEACSMP-ITWTMOJ-TESO-ATITIG-WETFOAATCI ~ While Superficial Economic Arguments Can Serve Multiple Purposes – In Today’s World They Most Often Justify – The Existing Social Order – And The Inequality That It Generates – While Explaining The Futility Of Any Attempt To Change It

~ RARWQTSM-A-ATITST-ITS-EILAI ~ Reducing All Real-World Questions To Simple Models – And – Answering Them In The Same Terms – In This Sense – Economism Is Like An Ideology

~ TCJFGDOW-INLTTSHWDBG-OTTSOTFIRFTPOTS-I-IIN-EC-BIITNOOAESTPTGGTTGN ~ The Common Justification For Great Disparities Of Wealth – Is No Longer That The Social Hierarchy Was Dictated By God – Or That The Survival Of The Fittest Is Required For The Progress Of The Species – Instead – Inequality Is Necessary – Even Celebrated – Because It Is The Natural Outcome Of An Economic System That Provides The Greatest Good To The Greatest Number

~ TAOETPA-AS-RT-RD-IOSOIS ~ The Ability Of Economism To Pass As– Abstract Science – Rather Than – Rhetorical Device – Is One Source Of Its Strength

~ EIAIBOISEAEP-A-C-U-POTW-WCBCQAE-DW-MAUF ~ Economism Is Also Influential Because Of Its Sedative Elegance And Explanatory Power – A – Clean – Uncluttered – Picture Of The World – Which Can Be Communicated Quickly And Easily – Dispensing With – Messy And Uncooperative Facts

~ ASSOAC-BOAUA-HB-WICS ~ A Small Set Of Abstract Concepts – Based On Admittedly Unrealistic Assumptions – Has Become – Widespread In Contemporary Society

~ IALETMAC-ITAWOSADC-TII-ITRWOPAI ~ It’s A Lot Easier To Make A Case – In The Abstract World Of Supply And Demand Curves – Than It Is – In The Real World Of People And Institutions

~ IGPPWTBUTAISOS-WTSTIOTG-O-PIWAFIOTW ~ Ideas Gain Power Precisely When They Become Useful To An Important Segment Of Society – When They Support The Interests Of That Group – Or – Provide It With A Favorable Interpretation Of The World

~ BBTPO-PT-SI-A-WP-CCTBUWEFTPOPTO ~ Befuddled By The Popularity Of – Progressive Taxes – Social Insurance – And – Welfare Programs – Commentators Continue To Blame Unfamiliarity With Economics For The Popularity Of Policies They Oppose

~ M-IC-WDNSIEI-ARATVOE ~ Many – Influential Commentators – Who Do Not Specialize In Economic Issues – Also Routinely Adopt The Vocabulary Of Economism

~ TM-NE-BMIASWOPADSAEI ~ The Media – Normalize Economism – By Making It A Standard Way Of Presenting And Discussing Social And Economic Issues

~ FC-WSGWHBACPQ-ERTQFTPSTTAROT-IWT-CLM-PT-P-I-S ~ For Centuries – Who Should Get What Has Been A Central Political Question – Economism Removes The Question From The Political Sphere To The Abstract Realm Of Theory – In Which The – Competitive Labor Market – Provides The – Perfect – Indisputable – Solution

~ OOTCPOEIT-T-A-V-V-B-AU-YCMTAEUAS-A-DD-TITHTDPFWATMSWOIPTSMDETOE ~ One Of The Core Principles Of Economism Is That – Taxes – Are – Very – Very – Bad – As Usual – You Can Make The Argument Easily Using A Supply-And-Demand Diagram – The Idea That Higher Taxes Discourage People From Working And Therefore Make Society Worse Off Is Probably The Single Most Deeply Entrenched Tenet Of Economism

~ MPABUOTTR-MHBFDABNOSCIROR-B-OPR-SA-‘SWILOAE’ ~ Many People Are Blissfully Unaware Of Their Tax Rates – Most Human Beings’ Financial Decisions Are Based Not On Sophisticated Calculations Involving Rates Of Return – But – On Primitive Rules – Such As – “Save Whatever Is Left Over After Expenses”

~ LTRITAOMTTGHTB-RTCATTPS ~ Lower Tax Revenues Increase The Amount Of Money That The Government Has To Borrow – Reducing The Capital Available To The Private Sector

~ TSMST-LITWISAG-DHUTS-LPKMOTSDNAMTTWM ~ The Simple Model Saying That – Lower Investment Taxes Will Increase Savings And Growth – Doesn’t Hold Up To Scrutiny – Letting People Keep More Of Their Salaries Does Not Always Motivate Them To Work More

~ AGISAMBWWOCAOSTWDNTTPSTLAE-AS-TQOWTAWDOWFWEFOGAHWIFT ~ A Government Is Simply A Mechanism By Which We Organize Certain Aspects Of Society That We Do Not Trust The Private Sector To Look After Effectively – And So – The Question Of Whether Taxes Are Worthwhile Depends On What Functions We Expect From Our Government And How Well It Fulfills Them

~ TGPOAWITSTBOWPBIEP ~ The Greatest Power Of A Worldview Is To Set The Boundaries Of What People Believe Is Even Possible

~ ERM-FTP-HBIACWBIAWOE-IFC ~ Economism’s Rosy Model – Failed To Predict – How Both Individuals And Companies Would Behave In A World Of Ever-Increasing Financial Complexity

~ I2008-WRTLTACMDNMETCFTIMPU-I-P-SBLBPACTMTIGIWTDLDAWR-SOATMS ~ In 2008 – We Relearned The Lesson That A Competitive Market Does Not Magically Ensure That Capital Flows To Its Most Productive Uses – Instead – Profit-Seeking Behavior Leads Both People And Companies To Maximize Their Individual Gains In Ways That Distort Lending Decisions And Waste Resources – Sometimes On A Truly Monumental Scale

~ TMTNCALAMCTE-A-CRASTLTETTBWSTNCI ~ The Megabanks That Nearly Collapsed Are Larger And More Complex Than Ever – And – Capital Requirements Are Still Too Low To Ensure That Those Banks Will Survive The Next Crisis Intact

~ IARWLM-TADCCL ~ In A Real-World Labor Market – Trade Agreements Do Create Clear Losers

~ TGAOEHBT-RAPI-AAL-E-T-U-SN-FFSTW ~ The Great Achievement Of Economism Has Been To – Repackage A Political Ideology – As A Lightweight – Easy-To-Use – Seemingly Neutral – Framework For Seeing The World

~ BCTSO-AT-EDTTIADAA-TWSITWII-IYDA-YMNU-E101 ~ By Claiming The Status Of – Absolute Truth – Economism Denies That There Is Any Debate At All – The World Simply Is The Way It Is – If You Don’t Agree – You Must Not Understand – Economics 101

~ EPAIRIOCPI-PCTOAAA-WPOTTM ~ Economism Plays An Important Role In Our Contemporary Political Institutions – Prioritizing Certain Types Of Analyses And Arguments – While Pushing Others To The Margins

~ FASTBR-CMANE-TMAB-PDPI-TPEF-MP-SC-A-SAESOR ~ For A Society To Become Rich – Competitive Markets Are Not Enough – There Must Also Be – Pluralistic Democratic Political Institutions – That Prevent Elites From – Monopolizing Power – Suppressing Competitors – And – Seizing An Excessive Share Of Resources

~ U-IWTA-NW-TDBWTO ~ Ultimately – It Will Take A – New Worldview – To Do Battle With The Old

JOSEPH STIGLITZ ~ THE PRICE OF INEQUALITY ~ 2012

~ SGVFCTC-TWSST-TWACUT-IMW-T-EAPS-HF-A-T-BWFU ~ Specific Grievances Varied From Country To Country – There Were Some Shared Themes – There Was A Common Understanding That – In Many Ways – The – Economic And Political System – Had Failed – And – That – Both Were Fundamentally Unfair

~ TGBWOEAPSASTD-WWWTTDD-AWTAC-BTLTBI ~ The Gap Between What Our Economic And Political Systems Are Supposed To Do – What We Were Told They Did Do – And What They Actually Do – Became Too Large To Be Ignored

~ TBHTB-T-WGA-WHBTATEED-ACLATSSTTWNAA-TBHITBTW ~ The Bankers Had Taken Bets – That – Without Government Assistance – Would Have Brought Them And The Entire Economy Down – A Closer Look At The System Showed That This Was Not An Accident – The Bankers Had Incentives To Behave This Way

~ TMOINE ~ The Market Obviously Is Not Efficient

~ U-TIOTMTGJFSMC-ITWFOTM-TGSOI-AAMCOI ~ Unemployment – The Inability Of The Market To Generate Jobs For So Many Citizens – Is The Worst Failure Of The Market – The Greatest Source Of Inefficiency – And A Major Cause Of Inequality

~ WHEHAHP ~ We Have Empty Homes And Homeless People

~ WAPAHPFO-I-AESTISSALE-WLG-A-ADTHBPIP ~ We Are Paying A High Price For Our – Inequality – An Economic System That Is Less Stable And Less Efficient – With Less Growth – And – A Democracy That Has Been Put Into Peril

~ TPOMIE-B-THNIMC ~ The Power Of Markets Is Enormous – But – They Have No Inherent Moral Character

~ ATB-MHPACRITSIIPASOLITPTHY-BGHAPAMRITA-AFTF-MATFTA ~ At Their Best – Markets Have Played A Central Role In The Stunning Increases In Productivity And Standards Of Living In The Past Two Hundred Years – But Government Has Also Played A Major Role In These Advances – A Fact That Free-Market Advocates Typically Fail To Acknowledge

~ OTOH-MCACW-PECOTS-A-AWAC ~ On The Other Hand – Markets Can Also Concentrate Wealth – Pass Environmental Costs On To Society – And – Abuse Workers And Consumers

~ TFIPAEAR-ATREO-PHSTM-ASIIWT-ATT-ATEOTR ~ The Failures In Politics And Economics Are Related – And They Reinforce Each Other – Politics Have Shaped The Market – And Shaped It In Ways That – Advantage The Top – At The Expense Of The Rest

~ UMDNWW-AWHS ~ Unfettered Markets Do Not Work Well – As We Have Seen

~ TLOI-A-TAOO-INI-NIIRRSTPOIMF ~ The Level Of Inequality – And – The Absence Of Opportunity – Is Not Inevitable – Nor Is Its Recent Rise Simply The Product Of Inexorable Market Forces

~ IA-ATAM-ATTCTGMMTTTWBE-PBIWLTMG-TIAIC-T-DE-IHALP-AHLBD-HIHNLTMG ~ Inequality’s Apologists – And They Are Many – Argue To The Contrary That Giving More Money To The Top Will Benefit Everyone – Partly Because It Would Led To More Growth – This Is An Idea Called – Trickle-Down Economics – It Has A Long Pedigree – And Has Long Been Discredited – Higher Inequality Has Not Led To More Growth

~ SDIIFTBIP-TETERTTSAA-‘PT’ ~ So Difficult Is It For Those Born Into Poverty To Escape – That Economists Refer To The Situation As A – “Poverty Trap”

~ MOIIDFCCAOI ~ Measures Of Income Inequality Don’t Fully Capture Critical Aspects Of Inequality

~ MOTITETIARO-GP-BWTGDAWIDND-IITROPFAMAOEO ~ Much Of The Inequality That Exists Today Is A Result Of – Government Policy – Both What The Government Does And What It Does Not Do – Inequality Is The Result Of Political Forces As Much As Of Economic Ones

~ TMTMA-TMCTALTB-WGI-CMCEAD ~ The More Transparent Markets Are – The More Competitive They Are Likely To Be – Without Good Information – Capital Markets Can’t Exercise Any Discipline

~ T-WAS-CWI;IC-T-T-‘R’-O-L/NR-WMTD ~ Taxing – Work And Savings – Can Weaken Incentives; In Contrast – Taxing – The – “Rents” – On – Land / Natural Resources – Won’t Make Them Disappear

~ TSWTASMIGTGTGYO ~ The Simplest Way To A Sustainable Monopoly Is Getting The Government To Give You One

~ IOTTWIAFG-IQATBATWTROTG-A-IEW-IYCCYOR ~ It’s One Thing To Win In A Fair Game – It’s Quite Another To Be Able To Write The Rules Of The Game – And – It’s Even Worse – If You Can Choose Your Own Referees

~ ‘RC’-TOTRC-CFARTTSTTASTR-STSW-GWRITP-GC ~ “Regulatory Capture” – Those On The Regulatory Commissions – Come From And Return To The Sector That They Are Supposed To Regulate – Serve The Sector Well – Get Well Rewarded In Their Post-Government Career

~ ITGGYTRT-E-R-F-F-IDTAGTMAF ~ If The Government Grants You The Right To – Extract – Resources – For – Free – It Doesn’t Take A Genius To Make A Fortune

~ OESRP-NMHTM-AIA-M-CE-INSTSMSPTTS ~ Our Economic System Rewards Profits – No Matter How They’re Made – And In A – Money-Centric Economy – It’s Not Surprising To See Moral Scruples Put To The Side

~ TMDOAIS-IC ~ The Major Determinant Of An Individual’s Success – Initial Conditions

~ LIR-LR-A-ADADFS-CTTROTE-FAM ~ Low Interest Rates – Lax Regulations – And – A Distorted And Dysfunctional Financial Sector – Came To The Rescue Of The Economy – For A Moment

~ R-ATROTG-TEC-TPA-TPTTCPT ~ Regulations – Are The Rules Of The Game – To Ensure Competition – To Prevent Abuses – To Protect Those That Cannot Protect Themselves

~ MOTIIOE:TROR-S ~ Much Of The Inequality In Our Economy: The Result Of Rent-Seeking

~ TFSIST-STROTE-NTOWA ~ The Financial Sector Is Supposed To – Serve The Rest Of The Economy – Not The Other Way Around

~ MOT-‘FI’-WDT-CR-AALL-REP ~ Many Of These – “Financial Innovations” – Were Designed To – Circumvent Regulations – And Actually Lowered Long-Run Economic Performance

~ TCBDAWACC ~ There Can Be Destructive As Well As Constructive Competition

~ IF-ATPOF-IP ~ Increasing Fairness – And The Perception Of Fairness – Increases Productivity

~ TSTOEAPSIU-UT-WIEFTFOOS ~ The Sense That Our Economic And Political System Is Unfair – Undermines Trust – Which Is Essential For The Functioning Of Our Society

~ G-ITFITWWAT-C-TSTNP ~ Government – Is The Formal Institution Through Which We Act Together – Collectively – To Solve The Nation’s Problems

~ CATAIIESOS ~ Cooperation And Trust Are Important In Every Sphere Of Society

~ WOU-TROT-IMOEW-O-TIOTSC-TBUT ~ We Often Underestimate – The Role Of Trust – In Making Our Economy Work – Or – The Importance Of The Social Contract – That Binds Us Together

~ SC-ITGTHST ~ Social Capital – Is The Glue That Holds Societies Together

~ OCSH-D-NS-D-A-FAUG ~ One Cannot Simultaneously Have – Democracy – National Self-Determination – And – Full And Unfettered Globalization

~ N-ITHOTP-HSM-GSM-TSF-WWSR-WAAIR ~ Never – In The History Of The Planet – Had So Many – Given So Much – To So Few – Who Were So Rich – Without Asking Anything In Return

~ MH-BBHRAPLTERTBB ~ Moral Hazard – Bank Bailouts Had Repeatedly And Predictably Led To Excessive Risk Taking By Banks

~ RBBHIHCOT ~ Repeated Bank Bailouts Have Imposed High Costs On Taxpayers

~ ATW-TEO-FP-AL ~ Around The World – The Examples Of – Failed Privatizations – Are Legion

~ MOCWIHWTTC ~ Much Of Corporate Welfare Is Hidden Within The Tax Code

~ MCWITISD-ICGOTUOTR-WTBTL ~ Markets Can’t Work If There Isn’t Some Discipline – If Companies Get Only The Upside Of The Risks – With Taxpayer Bearing The Losses

~ WTWIO-DHTBTFCOTA-TWHII-NTIT-A-TTPTAROI ~ When Those Who Injure Others – Don’t Have To Bear The Full Consequences Of Their Actions – They Will Have Inadequate Incentives – Not To Injure Them – And – To Take Precautions To Avoid Risks Of Injury

~ IEPIACBTUD-PCWF ~ If Economic Power In A Country Becomes Too Unevenly Distributed – Political Consequences Will Follow

~ IAD-API-APAIM-ACBIAPI-MHSDOA-OTMSTTINM-ABDAEP ~ In Any Democracy – A Public Institution – And Pretend As It Might – A Central Bank Is A Public Institution – Must Have Some Degree Of Accountability – Oversight To Make Sure That There Is No Malfeasance – A Central Bank’s Decisions Are Essentially Political

~ AWIP ~ Another World Is Possible

~ N-TPOE-TPOEAF ~ Not – The Politics Of Envy – The Politics Of Efficiency And Fairness

MARK MANSON ~ EVERYTHING IS #@%!ED ~ 2019

~ AYMCCIFFALATDIWU ~ Anything Your Mind Can Conceptualize Is Fundamentally Flawed And Limited And Therefore Damaging If Worshipped Unconditionally

~ TAWH-TNHFB-TBB-ITMATN-A-TN-A-TN ~ To Act Without Hope – To Not Hope For Better – To Be Better – In This Moment And The Next – And – The Next – And – The Next

~ H-IMITGWYWOAAG-H-IIGAV-IAOI-H-IT-A-E-NA-M-TSOE ~ Honesty – Is More Important Than Getting What You Want Or Achieving A Goal – Honesty – Is Inherently Good And Valuable – In And Of Itself – Honesty – Is Therefore – An – End – Not A – Means – To Some Other End

~ G-AC ~ Grown-Ass Children

~ AA ~ Aging Adolescents

~ TAPO-G-AC-ITW-A-TAALOAA ~ There Are Plenty Of – Grown-Ass Children – In The World – And – There Are A Lot Of Aging Adolescents

~ TFPSITT-FC-INL-RVL-B-TICVOT-R-A-L-V-TCA-AO-B-TRAL-INLADO-CVC-O-FVE-B-R-O-MVI-O-MVE ~ The Fundamental Political Schism In The Twenty-First Century – Is No Longer – Right Versus Left – But – The Impulsive Childish Values Of The – Right – And – Left – Versus – The Compromising Adolescent-Adults Of – Both – The Right And Left – It’s No Longer A Debate Of – Communism Versus Capitalism – Or – Freedom Versus Equality – But – Rather – Of – Maturity Versus Immaturity – Of – Means Versus Ends

~ OTOH-W-MM-DTIFOI-ASUT-TOAM-H-ESP-ESD-T-HTB-PRTT-A-TCBG ~ On The Other Hand – When – Marketing Messages – Designed To Induce Feelings Of Inadequacy – Are Scaled Up To – Thousands Of Advertising Messages – Hitting – Every Single Person – Every Single Day – There – Have To Be – Psychological Repercussions To That – And – They Can’t Be Good

~ MPTMIIIHLTIBAD ~ Many Of The Most Important Innovations In History Left Their Inventors Broke And Destitute

~ TOTFOF-TOEFOF-IT-S-L-IINTPOCEYWIYL-BR-CWYWGUIYL-TINO-RF-TIT-OF-YWABATC-WYAWTS-WYAWTGU ~ The Only True Form Of Freedom – The Only Ethical Form Of Freedom – Is Through Self-Limitation – It Is Not The Privilege Of Choosing Everything You Want In Your Life – But Rather – Choosing What You Will Give Up In Your Life – This Is Not Only – Real Freedom – This Is The – Only Freedom – You Will Always Be Able To Choose – What You Are Willing To Sacrifice – What You Are Willing To Give Up

~ U-TMMFIYLCFYC-TTILFWYHCTS ~ Ultimately – The Most Meaningful Freedom In Your Life Comes From Your Commitments – The Things In Life For Which You Have Chosen To Sacrifice

~ TT-IAB-FPWSMD-SM-BI-A-FD-TTA-UTMSC ~ Today’s Tyranny – Is Achieved By – Flooding People With So Much Diversion – So Much – Bullshit Information – And – Frivolous Distraction – That They Are – Unable To Make Smart Commitments

~ DRACOSMAC-TLOTFP-TMWII-FF-TLWWBATUTVNTA-A-F-D-S-T-F ~ Democracy Requires A Citizenry Of Strong Maturity And Character – The Lower Our Tolerance For Pain – The More We Indulge In – Fake Freedoms – The Less We Will Be Able To Uphold The Virtues Necessary To Allow – A – Free – Democratic – Society – To – Function

~ DHF-B-J-B-B-B-MC-MR-MH-MD ~ Don’t Hope For – Better – Just – Be – Better – Be – More Compassionate – More Resilient – More Humble – More Disciplined