MARK BLYTH ~ AUSTERITY ~ 2013

~ A-IAFO-VD-IWTEATT-R-O-W-P-A-PS-TR-C-WI(S)BAB-CTS-B-D-A-D-DS-IAB-WI-‘BC’ ~ Austerity – Is A Form Of – Voluntary Deflation – In Which The Economy Adjusts Through The – Reduction – Of – Wages – Prices – And – Public Spending – To Restore – Competitiveness – Which Is (Supposedly) Best Achieved By – Cutting The State’s – Budget – Debts – And – Deficits – Doing So – Its Advocates Believe – Will Inspire – “Business Confidence”

~ TPOA-IMOTN-ETWTTD-PBIPTVOYATTA ~ The Policy Of Austerity – Is More Often Than Not – Exactly The Wrong Thing To Do – Precisely Because It Produces The Very Outcomes You Are Trying To Avoid

~ IWITTP-WSIPTB? ~ I Wasn’t Invited To The Party – Why Should I Pay The Bill?

~ T-ADW-I-TFRIADI ~ That – Austerity Doesn’t Work – Is – The First Reason It’s A Dangerous Idea

~ TWCIA-‘SDC’-SAVIPO-‘BAS’-AP ~ That We Call It A – “Sovereign Debt Crisis” – Suggests A Very Interesting Politics Of – “Bait And Switch” – At Play

~ TCO-STGBS-HEUO-TBSOG-ATATCO-TB-WIWWMCT-A-SDC-WIFIIQ-TAWC-BC ~ The Cost Of – Saving The Global Banking System – Has Ended Up On – The Balance Sheets Of Governments – As They Absorb The Costs Of – The Bust – Which Is Why We Mistakenly Call This – A – Sovereign Debt Crisis – When In Fact It Is A – Transmuted And Well Camouflaged – Banking Crisis

~ ‘TBTF’-‘TBTB’ ~ “Too Big To Fail” – “Too Big To Bail”

~ ISAA-STB-TWN-OOGS-TGUT ~ It’s Still All About – Saving The Banks – There Was No – Orgy Of Government Spending – To Get Us There

~ AINJ-TPOSTB-T-TPTTBWSETP ~ Austerity Is Not Just – The Price Of Saving The Banks – It’s – The Price That The Banks Want Someone Else To Pay

~ S-A-I-ITT-YCCDWMD-I-TBATPTDECATDSOPTPABUAD-T-APSWNW ~ So – Although – If – Its True That – You Cannot Cure Debt With More Debt – If – Those Being Asked To Pay The Debt Either Cannot Afford To Do So Or Perceive Their Payments As Being Unfair And Disproportionate – Then – Austerity Policies Simply Will Not Work

~ EITWND-DHLIAMEF-‘ZE’~ Economic Ideas That Will Not Die – Despite Huge Logical Inconsistencies And Massive Empirical Failures – “Zombie Economics”

~ FOUWITTP-B-WAABATPTB ~ Few Of Us Were Invited To The Party – But – We Are All Being Asked To Pay The Bill

~ A-IFAFA-PPOD-A-NAEPOA ~ Austerity – Is First And Foremost A – Political Problem Of Distribution – And – Not An Economic Problem Of Accountancy

~ F-ND-AGI ~ Facts – Never Disconfirm – A Good Ideology

~ ACFWTCFHWT-NOCHSIC-SCAN ~ A Common Refrain When The Crisis First Hit Was That – No One Could Have Seen It Coming – Such Claims Are Nonsense

~ BS-ALP(GTSAAD)-A-(V)H-I-E ~ Black Swan – A Low Probability (Given The Sample And Assumed Distribution) – And – (Very) High-Impact – Event

~ TTOAGOETWOESMAGATSAB-TMUW-WTI ~ The Theories Of A Generation Of Economic Thinkers Who Only Ever Saw Markets As Good And The State As Bad – The Models Used Were – Worse Than Inaccurate

~ NOAHNOTHATDW-TSSH-O-IM ~ Note Once Again How None Of This Has Anything To Do With – The State’s Spending Habits – Or – Individual Morality

~ TPPOFI ~ The Political Power Of Financial Ideas

~ TWCWTTSTS? ~ The World Changes While The Theory Stays The Same?

~ DET-E-A-D-D-PAEC ~ Different Economic Theories – Empower – And – Disempower – Different – Political And Economic Constituencies

~ TPWPT-TB-DH-SITG ~ The Problem Was Precisely That – The Banks – Didn’t Have – Skin In The Game

~ Systemic Risk – The Risk – That You Cannot – Diversify Away

~ TS-PAGASAFC-IDN-DAFDTPS ~ The State – Plugged A Gap And Stopped A Financial Collapse – It Did Not – Dig A Fiscal Ditch Through Profligate Spending

~ TBMHMTL-B-TCWPFT ~ The Banks May Have Made The Losses – But – The Citizenry Will Pay For Them

~ R-WSTB-C-B-FDAR-MT-B-I-TTST-AAS-RT-RAC-TRITS ~ Risks – Were Supposed To Be – Controlled – By – Financial Derivatives And Risk-Management Tools – But – Instead – These Technologies Seemed To – Amplify And Spread – Rather Than – Reduce And Control – The Risk In The System

~ TINNAM-TPIWL-STPOOL-E-ICAPIMF-AA-DPP-TI-C-R-E-B-A-ATR ~ There Is Nothing Natural About Markets – Turning People Into Wage Laborers – Securing The Private Ownership Of Land – Even – Inventing Capital And Preserving Its Monetary Form – Are All – Deeply Political Projects – That Involve – Courts – Regulation – Enforcement – Bureaucracy – And – All The Rest

~ TS:CLWI/CLWI/DWTPFI ~ The State: Can’t Live With It / Can’t Live Without It / Don’t Want To Pay For It

~ A-R-AI-IT-FABER ~ Austerity – Remains – An Ideology – Immune To – Facts And Basic Empirical Refutation

~ ADW-P-IATFRCAFCOWLL-‘EFC’-TCAEDBFOTWTAPM-O-TPSGTCW-IHIBU-CP-R-PI-MRTLD-A-A-W-IHNO-‘DWISOTT’ ~ Austerity Doesn’t Work – Period – Insofar As The Fossil Record Contains A Few Cases Of What Look Like – “Expansionary Fiscal Consolidations” – These Cases Are Either Driven By Factors Other Than What The Austerity Proponents Maintain – Or – Those Proponents Simply Get The Cases Wrong – It Has Instead Brought Us – Class Politics – Riots – Political Instability – More Rather Than Less Debt – Assassinations – And – War – It Has Never Once – “Done What It Says On The Tin”

~ A-IGIPB-TIOS-TAO-AEDOTTB ~ Austerity – Is Generated In Part By – The Inability Of Societies – To Agree On – An Equitable Distribution Of The Tax Burden

~ H-PAD-EACOTP-F-MHEIOGM ~ Having – Pumped And Dumped – Every Asset Class On The Planet – Finance – May Have Exhausted Its Own Growth Model

~ TIHWAGTDWOD-T-T-AN-A-NBAIU-WII-NBTAMDTC-WTA-A-NBDHAIB-WID-B-B-ASDW ~ This Is How We Are Going To Deal With Our Debts – Through – Taxes – And Not – Austerity – Not Because Austerity Is Unfair – Which It Is – Not Because There Are More Debtors Than Creditors – Which There Are – And – Not Because Democracy Has An Inflationary Bias – Which It Doesn’t – But – Because – Austerity Simply Doesn’t Work

GEOFF COLVIN ~ SELF-REGULATION ~ TALENT IS OVERRATED ~ 2008

~ The Path Is Extremely Long And Demanding – And – Only A Few Will Follow It All The Way To Its End – No Matter How Far One Goes – However – The Journey Is Always Beneficial

~ I-AS-YCDDTTWHMYMB-A-TADIYH-RCTA-S-R ~ In – Any Situation – You Can Do Different Things That Will Help Make You Much Better – And – They’re All Done In Your Head – Researchers Call These Activities – Self-Regulation

~ ES-RISYD-B-D-A-A-TWAI ~ Effective Self-Regulation Is Something You Do – Before – During – And – After – The Work Activity Itself

~ S-R-BW-SG ~ Self-Regulation – Begins With – Setting Goals

~ PPDSGAA-MPSGTAGAAOFOSAAGO-TBPSGTANATOBATPORTO-FOHTCGBASSEOTW ~ Poorest Performers Don’t Set Goals At All – Mediocre Performers Set Goals That Are General And Are Often Focused On Simply Achieving A Good Outcome – The Best Performers Set Goals That Are Not About The Outcome But About The Process Of Reaching The Outcome – Focused On How They Can Get Better At Some Specific Element Of The Work

~ FO-SGAP-FWYBDEDSH-II-DICRHM ~ Figuring Out – Specific Goals And Plans – For What You’ll Be Doing Every Day Sounds Hard – It Is – And – Doing It Consistently Requires High Motivation

~ TMI-S-RS-TTPUDTWI-S-O-OTC-SOT-MWIHITOW-A-AHIG ~ The Most Important – Self-Regulatory Skill – That Top Performers Use During Their Work Is – Self-Observation – Observe Themselves Closely – Step Outside Themselves – Monitor What Is Happening In Their Own Minds – And – Ask How It’s Going

~ M-KAYOK-TAYOT-MHTPFPOIES ~ Metacognition – Knowledge About Your Own Knowledge – Thinking About Your Own Thinking – Metacognition Helps Top Performers Find Practice Opportunities In Evolving Situations

~ PAAWWUFATR-S-TPOTWFIWWDAGIWDETA ~ Practice Activities Are Worthless Without Useful Feedback About The Results – Similarly – The Practice Opportunities That We Find In Work Won’t Do Any Good If We Don’t Evaluate Them Afterward

~ EPJTDFTWOPD-TMS ~ Excellent Performers Judge Themselves Differently From The Way Other People Do – They’re More Specific

~ TK-AIA-DP-IT-CACTSYJBYCL-THASIDANVI-WTLASPNA ~ The Key – As In All – Deliberate Practice – Is To – Choose A Comparison That Stretches You Just Beyond Your Current Limits – Too High A Standard Is Discouraging And Not Very Instructive – While Too Low A Standard Produces No Advancement

~ ACPOS-EIDWCTE-APBTEWCBFOTC-TPBTARFTE ~ A Critical Part Of Self-Evaluation Is Deciding What Caused The Errors – Average Performers Believe Their Errors Were Caused By Factors Outside Their Control – Top Performers Believe They Are Responsible For Their Errors

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

CARL HONORE ~ IN PRAISE OF SLOW ~ 2004

~ TTITHCO-T-C-TD-WE-TSTE-RTTOWR ~ Then There Is The Human Cost Of – Turbo-Capitalism – These Days – We Exist – To Serve The Economy – Rather Than The Other Way Round

~ FHPAPISOTWDOTME ~ Fatigue Has Played A Part In Some Of The Worst Disasters Of The Modern Era

~ ATTTBUTAMLWL-C-F-F-TOTOTWNHEO:T ~ All The Things That Bind Us Together And Make Life Worth Living – Community – Family – Friendship – Thrive On The One Thing We Never Heave Enough Of: Time

~ TTI-TCOM-T-DTTAOSSC-SE-SM-AY-WIOMIDTTNVW ~ Then There Is – The Curse Of Multi-Tasking – Doing Two Things At Once Seems So Clever – So Efficient – So Modern – And Yet – What It Often Means Is Doing Two Things Not Very Well

~ S-OM-B ~ Slower – Often Means – Better

~ PATIA-SM-OY-FR ~ Performing A Task In A – Slow Manner – Often Yields – Faster Results

~ S-BAWOLDT-IR-ATWLI-O ~ Scheduling – Became A Way Of Life During The – Industrial Revolution – As The World Lurched Into – Overdrive

~ P-TE-IW-T-LBTC-WNE-TRC-SAP-P-A-ACDAAMV-W-D-SAT-A-CS ~ Persuading – The Early – Industrial Workers – To – Live By The Clock – Was Not Easy – The Ruling Classes – Set About Promoting – Punctuality – As – A Civic Duty And A Moral Virtue – While – Denigrating – Slowness And Tardiness – As – Cardinal Sins

~ TAM-R-O-E-F-S ~ There Are Many – Reasons – Or – Excuses – For – Speeding

~ WNT-WTDMS ~ We Need To – Want To Drive More Slowly

~ PTMC-WTAC-TP-LT-TV ~ People Think More Creatively – When They Are Calm – Time Pressure – Leads To – Tunnel Vision

~ M-IOWTTTMTR-MINN-POAFHBUIFTOYITQFIHOSE ~ Meditation – Is One Way To Train The Mind To Relax – Meditation Is Not New – People Of All Faiths Have Been Using It For Thousands Of Years In The Quest For Inner Harmony Or Spiritual Enlightenment

~ TAMGRFW ~ There Are Many Good Reasons For Walking

~ WWW-WAAOTDAU-WMC ~ When We Walk – We Are Aware Of The Details Around Us – We Make Connections

~ SLTW-A-MTII-SS ~ Spend Less Time Working – And – More Time Indulging In – Slow Sex

~ TBOWLH ~ The Benefits Of Working Less Hard

~ TWAT-NSLA-WMLFTAN-AOL-M-PTLEFTDOW ~ There Was A Time – Not So Long Ago – When Mankind Looked Forward To A New – Age Of Leisure – Machines – Promised To Liberate Everyone From The Drudgery Of Work

~ WHTT-AOL? ~ Whatever Happened To The – Age Of Leisure?

~ WFH-CESI-WATT ~ Working From Home – Can Easily Slide Into – Working All The Time

~ MGTWEWTTOITBE ~ Millions Go To Work Even When Too Tired Or Ill To Be Effective

~ WTH-IB-FU-A-FTE ~ Working Too Hard – Is Bad – For Us – And – For The Economy

~ PAWTD-WTWTW ~ People Also Want To Decide – When They Want To Work

~ TNHBTPPFTHTSOTJ-RTFWTP ~ The Norm Has Been To Pay People For The Hours They Spend On The Job – Rather Than For What They Produce

~ PWFICOTT-AM-R-C-A-P ~ People Who Feel In Control Of Their Time – Are More – Relaxed – Creative – And – Productive

~ N-CBEH-N-WSMOUANSEAN ~ Napping – Can Be Especially Helpful – Nowadays – When So Many Of Us Are Not Sleeping Enough At Night

~ R-STAPOW-D-T-COS ~ Reading – Surrendering To A Piece Of Writing – Defies – The – Cult Of Speed

~ UT ~ Unstructured Time

~ TGBO-SD-I-RTTATTMMC-WP-WC-WW-WN-WOOBAM ~ The Great Benefit Of – Slowing Down – Is – Reclaiming The Time And Tranquility To Make Meaningful Connections – With People – With Culture – With Work – With Nature – With Our Own Bodies And Minds

~ TCTOTSPI-TTTTDTP-A-T-ETM ~ The Central Tenet Of The Slow Philosophy Is – Taking The Time To Do Things Properly – And – Thereby – Enjoy Them More

~ WICT-SD-IIBT-SS ~ When It Comes To – Slowing Down – It Is Best To – Start Small

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

GAVIN DE BECKER ~ THE GIFT OF FEAR ~ 1997

~ D-HAIAISE-FATPOMDTTGBSIIS-TFTTWV-I-F-F-G-TTOTWATP ~ Denial – Has An Interesting And Insidious Side Effect – For All The Peace Of Mind Deniers Think They Get By Saying It Isn’t So – The Fall They Take When Victimized – Is – Far – Far – Greater – Than That Of Those Who Accept The Possibility

~ D-A-S-N-P-L-S-ACWEISP-FITLR-TDPKTTOSL-A-ICACL-GA-DKTFTATCRTR(ATW) ~ Denial – A – Save-Now-Pay-Later – Scheme – A Contract Written Entirely In Small Print – For In The Long Run – The Denying Person Knows The Truth On Some Level – And – It Causes A Constant Low-Grade Anxiety – Denial Keeps Them From Taking Action That Could Reduce The Risks (And The Worry)

~ WWTBTPAIC-WMOMAVOB-IINS ~ We Want To Believe That People Are Infinitely Complex – With Millions Of Motivations And Varieties Of Behaviour – It Is Not So

~ W-ICTEOCIN-CNTE-AETI-SS ~ We – In Contrast To Every Other Creature In Nature – Choose Not To Explore – And Even To Ignore – Survival Signals

~ ERTUWAKTA-JAWWTC-TWOC ~ Experts Rarely Tell Us We Already Know The Answers – Just As We Want Their Checklist – They Want Our Check

~ LTTJ-W-DSPH-H-P-DH-IACWTCTCWTROFSA-AWOSF ~ Listen To The Jokes – When – Discussing Some Possible Hazard – Humor – Particularly – Dark Humor – Is A Common Way To Communicate True Concern Without The Risk Of Feeling Silly Afterward – And Without Overtly Showing Fear

~ WYATSSAAWM-A-QETEOS-FSIAI ~ When You Accept The Survival Signal As A Welcome Message – And – Quickly Evaluate The Environment Or Situation – Fear Stops In An Instant

~ TI-ITEOO-LIF ~ Trusting Intuition – Is The Exact Opposite Of – Living In Fear

~ RF-IASITBVB-AMSOI-B-TFWAT-E-U-F-I-D-MCTST ~ Real Fear – Is A Signal Intended To Be Very Brief – A Mere Servant Of Intuition – But – Though Few Would Argue That – Extended – Unanswered – Fear – Is – Destructive – Millions Choose To Stay There

~ I-WTIF-WLA-FTF-AWWAP ~ Ideally – When There Is Fear – We Look Around – Follow The Fear – Ask What We Are Perceiving

~ IWALFS-S-E-D-WALLTST-UD-PRAT-E-RT-PRAT-I ~ If We Are Looking For Some – Specific – Expected – Danger – We Are Less Likely To See The – Unexpected Danger – Pay Relaxed Attention To – Environment – Rather Than – Paying Rapt Attention To – Imagination

~ IITWMCNTWF-NWIHN-FSSMH-IIDH-WSFIASTRTI-WSTFTNOWPMBC ~ It Is That Which Might Come Next That We Fear – Not What Is Happening Now – Fear Says Something Might Happen – If It Does Happen – We Stop Fearing It And Start To Respond To It – Or – We Start To Fear The Next Outcome We Predict Might Be Coming

~ WYFIRWYTYF-IIWYLTF ~ What You Fear Is Rarely What You Think You Fear – It Is What You Link To Fear

~ W-WNBS-IWMLDYFFS-WITFWM ~ Worry – Will Not Bring Solutions – It Will More Likely Distract You From Finding Solutions – Worry Is The Fear We Manufacture

~ WIAC-A-TCGWATICBUD ~ Worry Is A Choice – And – The Creative Genius We Apply To It Can Be Used Differently

~ WYFF-L ~ When You Feel Fear – Listen

~ WYDFF-DMI ~ When You Don’t Feel Fear – Don’t Manufacture It

~ IYFYCW-EADW ~ If You Find Yourself Creating Worry – Explore And Discover Why

~ A-URF-IACB-U ~ Anxiety – Unlike Real Fear – Is Always Caused By – Uncertainty

~ WYIBI-LUFOP-RYATRSS-SHOITSWIE-A-LLMFITCSBT ~ With Your Intuition Better Informed – Less Unwarranted Fear Of People – Respect Your Ability To Recognize Survival Signals – See Hazard Only In Those Stormclouds Where It Exists – And – Live Life More Fully In The Clear Skies Between Them

JIM LOEHR + TONY SCHWARTZ ~ THE POWER OF POSITIVE RITUALS ~ THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT ~ 2013

~ E-N-T-I-TFCOHP ~ Energy – Not – Time – Is – The Fundamental Currency Of High Performance

~ P-H-A-H-AGI-TSMOE ~ Performance – Health – And – Happiness – Are Grounded In – The Skillful Management Of Energy

TMWTRFTEWBTTW-TMEAPWB-TMWBOOEC-TMNACOEILTB ~ The More We Take Responsibility For The Energy We Bring To The World – The More Empowered And Productive We Become – The More We Blame Others Or Eternal Circumstances – The More Negative And Compromised Our Energy Is Likely To Be

~ L-A-TSO-OE-T-IOD-OF-BHETMTOE-AN-BHWT-M-F-I-A-R-TCEOTTL ~ Leaders – Are – The Stewards Of – Organizational Energy – They – Inspire Or Demoralize – Others First – By How Effectively They Manage Their Own Energy – And Next – By How Well They – Mobilize – Focus – Interest – And – Renew – The Collective Energy Of Those They Lead

~ TSMOE-IAO-MP-FE ~ The Skillful Management Of Energy – Individually And Organizationally – Makes Possible – Full Engagement

~ FE-RDOFSBRSOE:P-E-M-A-S-AFDAC-NISBI-A-EPITO ~ Full Engagement – Requires Drawing On Four Separate But Related Sources Of Energy: Physical – Emotional – Mental – And – Spiritual – All Four Dynamics Are Critical – None Is Sufficient By Itself – And – Each Profoundly Influences The Others

~ B-ECD-BWOAWU-WMB-EE-W-IER ~ Because – Energy Capacity Diminishes – Both With Overuse And With Underuse – We Must Balance – Energy Expenditure – With – Intermittent Energy Renewal

~ TMABAO ~ The Mind And Body Are One

~ EF-RTCTMFAAAAWPOERTRROD ~ Emotional Flexibility – Reflects The Capacity To Move Freely And Appropriately Along A Wide Spectrum Of Emotions Rather Than Responding Rigidly Or Defensively

~ ER-ITATBBF-EO-D-F-A-E-L ~ Emotional Resilience – Is The Ability To Bounce Back From – Experiences Of – Disappointment – Frustration – And – Even – Loss

~ PER-HSRFME-ATKT-FE-A-SHP ~ Positive Energy Rituals – Highly Specific Routines For Managing Energy – Are The Key To – Full Engagement – And – Sustained High Performance

~ A-PR-IABTB-A-OT-FB-SDHV ~ A – Positive Ritual – Is A Behavior That Becomes – Automatic – Over Time – Fueled By – Some Deeply Held Value

~ TPORITTITWUALCEAPWIINAN-LUFT-SF-TEATU-I-C-E-W ~ The Power Of Rituals Is That They Insure That We Use As Little Conscious Energy As Possible Where It Is Not Absolutely Necessary – Leaving Us Free To – Strategically Focus – The Energy Available To Us – In – Creative – Enriching – Ways

~ TFSIOCPIT-DP-ITFOOHBAOITP-TSQ-WNITMCIOL ~ The First Step In Our Change Process Is To – Define Purpose – In The Face Of Our Habitual Behaviors And Our Instinct To Preserve – The Status Quo – We Need Inspiration To Make Changes In Our Lives

~ ‘HSISMEIAWTICWMDV?’ ~ “How Should I Spend My Energy In A Way That Is Consistent With My Deepest Values?”

~ IIITCACOC-U-YAATLHAWYAT-‘HAYSYEN?’ ~ It Is Impossible To Chart A Course Of Change – Until You Are Able To Look Honestly At Who You Are Today – “How Are You Spending Your Energy Now?”

TO-WVOLT-R-C-G-POAV-O-SDTOT-TCWAMAHACIO-T-Q-F-A-F-OO-E ~ Too Often – We View Our Lives Through – Rose-Colored Glasses – Painting Ourselves As Victims – Or – Simply Denying To Ourselves That – The Choices We Are Making Are Having A Consequential Impact On – The – Quantity – Force – And – Focus – Of Our – Energy

~ FTT-BW-GCD ~ Facing The Truth – Begins With – Gathering Credible Data

~ PIF ~ Physical Is Fundamental

~ E-IS-TCTDW-OMFNAHBI-TSARE-WA-OB-IA-OU-RIOI ~ Energy – Is Simply – The Capacity To Do Work – Our Most Fundamental Need As Human Beings Is – To Spend And Recover Energy – We Are – Oscillatory Beings – In An – Oscillatory Universe – Rhythmicity Is Our Inheritance

~ WCOPSHFSLWBDABO ~ We Can Only Push So Hard For So Long Without Breaking Down And Burning Out

~ WMLTE-SP-IOD-IT-WWSOTT-CPI-A-SOAFATR ~ We Must Learn To Establish – Stopping Points – In Our Days – Inviolable Times – When We Step Off The Track – Cease Processing Information – And – Shift Our Attention From Achievement To Restoration

~ SA ~ Stress Addiction

~ DFO ~ Death From Overwork

~ WGAAL-B-EEBONL-A-T-R ~ We Grow At All Levels – By – Expending Energy Beyond Our Normal Limits – And – Then – Recovering

~ EC-R-AWTE-S-TD-ITSO-L-TR ~ Expanding Capacity – Requires – A Willingness To Endure – Short-Term Discomfort – In The Service Of – Long-Term Reward

~ OMFNAHBITSARE-O ~ Our Most Fundamental Need As Human Beings Is To Spend And Recover Energy – Oscillation

~ WB-E-M-A-S-C-WMSEOT-SBONL-FB-AR ~ We Build – Emotional – Mental – And – Spiritual – Capacity – We Must Systematically Expose Ourselves To – Stress Beyond Our Normal Limits – Followed By – Adequate Recovery

~ D-S-A-R-B-I-SASO-E-A-A-F-AWAO-R-S-A-Q-TU-HP ~ Deep – Smooth – And – Rhythmic – Breathing – Is – Simultaneously A Source Of – Energy – Alertness – And – Focus – As Well As Of – Relaxation – Stillness – And – Quiet – The Ultimate – Healthy Pulse

~ OT-E-A-B-S-I-TMISO-R-IOL ~ Other Than – Eating – And – Breathing – Sleeping – Is – The Most Important Source Of – Recovery – In Our Lives

~ B-S-A-C-T-HAPIO-H-O-EL-A-O-P ~ Both – Strength – And – Cardiovascular – Training – Have A Powerful Impact On – Health – On – Energy Levels – And – On – Performance

~ EAR ~ Enjoyment And Renewal

~ HITBP ~ Healing In The Broken Places

~ NE-SS-B-TAVCAEIITCOP ~ Negative Emotions – Serve Survival – But – They Are Very Costly And Energy Inefficient In The Context Of Performance

~ TAT-SPEDPOIS-LATHO-EL ~ The Ability To – Summon Positive Emotions During Periods Of Intense Stress – Lies At The Heart Of – Effective Leadership

~ TPOTB ~ The Plasticity Of The Brain

~ B-T-MAB-AS-IC-EMPECICC-IDSMSBDMBAOTTB-EIABTSMPOAC-B-D-NT-WHRBCAPFD ~ Because – The – Mind And Body – Are So – Inextricably Connected – Even Moderate Physical Exercise Can Increase Cognitive Capacity – It Does So Most Simply By Driving More Blood And Oxygen To The Brain – Exercise Is Also Believed To Stimulate More Production Of A Chemical-Brain-Derived – Neurotrophic Factor – Which Helps Repair Brain Cells And Prevent Further Damage

~ TO-WDOTTATDAOM-DOERITP ~ Too Often – We Devote Our Time To Activities That Don’t Advanced Our Mission – Depleting Our Energy Reserves In The Process

~ T-ME-TBS-FE-I-RO-STWAII-B-AWPTA-DO ~ The – Mental Energy – That Best Serves – Full Engagement – Is – Realistic Optimism – Seeing The World As It Is – But – Always Working Positively Towards A – Desired Outcome

~ MMC-IDF-ABBEAR-ME ~ Maximum Mental Capacity – Is Derived From – A Balance Between Expending And Recovering – Mental Energy

~ CTCTBSAAPAA-RMD ~ Continuing To Challenge The Brain Serves As A Protection Against Age-Related Mental Decline

~ SE:AWTL ~ Spiritual Energy: A Why To Live

~ TKMTF-SE-I-C-TCACTLBOV-EWDSRPSAH-SSM-I-P-C-I-A-H ~ The Key Muscle That Fuels – Spiritual Energy – Is – Character – The Courage And Conviction To Live By Our Values – Even When Doing So Requires Personal Sacrifice And Hardship – Supportive Spiritual Muscles – Include – Passion – Commitment – Integrity – And – Honesty

~ SE-ISB-BACTAPBO-W-AS-C ~ Spiritual Energy – Is Sustained By – Balancing A Commitment To A Purpose Beyond Ourselves – With – Adequate Self-Care

~ SW-CBDARATST ~ Spiritual Work – Can Be Demanding And Renewing At The Same Time

~ PCAD ~ Purposes Creates A Destination

~ T-S-AE-R-ITWFTBTSFM ~ The – Simple – Almost Embarrassing – Reality – Is That We Feel Too Busy To Search For Meaning

~ CPT-T-Q-U-T-WISTMOUFWSDNH-WAFRFOOTTNWALSOD ~ Clarifying Purpose Takes – Time – Quiet – Uninterrupted – Time – Which Is Something That Many Of Us Feel We Simply Do Not Have – We Are Forever Rushing From One Obligation To The Next Without Any Larger Sense Of Direction

~ W-O-SI-WYLTSOY-T-TWCWYRWIYL? ~ What – One-Sentence Inscription – Would You Like To See On Your – Tombstone – That Would Capture Who You Really Were In Your Life?

~ WWLASSOP-WAEBBLIS ~ When We Lack A Strong Sense Of Purpose – We Are Easily Buffeted By Life’s Inevitable Storms

~ FTT:HAYMYEN? ~ Face The Truth: How Are You Managing Your Energy Now?

~ I-IAMOAAT-C-WEII-E ~ Intellectualizing – Is A Means Of Acknowledging A Truth – Cognitively – Without Experiencing Its Impact – Emotionally

~ HWAPAYIYE? ~ How Wisely And Productivity Are You Investing Your Energy?

~ ‘ICBW’ ~ “I Could Be Wrong”

~ CETBWWFDAAR ~ Confident Enough To Be Wrong Without Feeling Diminished As A Result

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

SANDY HOTCHKISS ~ WHY IS IT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU? ~ 2003

~ TE ~ They’re Everywhere

~ TINNAN-THAB-V-G-M-C-WHAIPOTALRFO ~ There Is Nothing New About Narcissism – There Have Always Been – Vain – Grasping – Manipulative – Characters – Who Have An Inflated Perception Of Themselves And Little Regard For Others

~ N-INJTIODAA-IIG-MOOLATPFWAFTNP-A-WCWTETE-A-‘EDI’-BTJFCDTP ~ Narcissism – Is Not Just Tolerate In Our Day And Age – It Is Glorified – Many Of Our Leaders And The Public Figures We Admire Flaunt Their Narcissistic Proclivities – And – We Can’t Wait To Emulate Their Excesses – And – “Everybody Does It” – Becomes The Justification For Continuing Down The Path

~ IT-N-S-ISITTMHBDNTEIAA-WPC-‘BS’-LL-S-O-TAOAC-HBAPBO-D-C-B-O-R-TSIDO-AF-TS-9CNB-‘MF’ ~ In The – Narcissist – Shame – Is So Intolerable That The Means Have Been Developed Not To Experience It At All – What Psychologists Call – “Bypassed Shame” – Looks Like – Shamelessness – Or – The Absence Of A Conscience – Hiding Behind A Protective Barrier Of – Denial – Coldness – Blame – Or – Rage – The Shame Is Directed Outward – Away From – The Self – It Can Never Be – “My Fault”

~ TNT-ASAAC-CACDFTN-ALHAWORDOHE-TMTTEIACAO-DAI-WPC-‘MT’ ~ The Need To – Avoid Shame At All Costs – Creates A Continuing Dilemma For The Narcissist – As Life Has A Way Of Regularly Doling Out Humbling Experiences – The Methods They Typically Employ Involve A Considerable Amount Of – Distortion And Illusion – What Psychologists Call – “Magical Thinking”

~ T-FWON-CHA-SA-TPTEYII-S-TSCCBE ~ The – Fantasy World Of Narcissists – Can Have A – Seductive Allure – That Promises To Envelop You In Its – Specialness – Their Superficial Charm Can Be Enchanting

~ SL-AO-N-WCBTBEA-LTTB ~ Sore Losers – Are Often – Narcissists – Who Cannot Bear To Be Exposed As – Less That The Best

~ TNNTSASOS-EAO-WSEATHSTHOSL ~ The Narcissist’s Need To Secure A Sense Of Superiority – Encounters An Obstacle – Whenever Someone Else Appears To Have Something That He Or She Lacks

~ NE-FBTDNTBS-LSMETGOWTN-II-UOD-WMITMMD-UOEEOTNFS-TIMFO-SRC ~ Narcissistic Envy – Fueled By The Desperate Need To Be Superior – Like So Much Else That Goes On Within The Narcissist – It Is – Unconscious Or Denied – Which Makes It That Much More Dangerous – Unaware Of Either Envy Or The Need For Superiority – These Individuals May Feel Only – Self-Righteous Contempt

~ IITNONETSTSFOOVSPOV-B-OEOT-A-O-F-A-C ~ It Is The Nature Of Narcissistic Entitlement To See The Situation From Only One Very Subjective Point Of View – Because – Others Exist Only To – Agree – Obey – Flatter – And – Comfort

~ HHNFLTND ~ Hell Hath No Fury Like The Narcissist Denied

~ NPD-OA-OIOHP-MTFC-FTSFON-YTAMMIWETT-TSD-STCSD-INIT-TCIOWWTCICCOARB ~ Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Only About – One In One Hundred People – Meets The Full Criteria – For This Severe Form Of Narcissism – Yet There Are Many More Individuals Who Exhibit These Traits – To Some Degree – Sufficient To Cause Significant Distress – If Not In Themselves – Then Certainly In Others With Whom They Come In Close Contact On A Regular Basis

~ WTPSFSN-TRAP-SCWTB-COTNP-WOWBMDIRTR-AFSOS ~ When The Parent Suffers From Significant Narcissism – The Results Are Predictable – Some Children Will Themselves Become – Clones Of Their Narcissistic Parents – While Others Will Be Mysteriously Drawn Into Relationships That Require – A Familiar Sacrifice Of Self

~ S-WADTT-L-T-LQ-A-TSWTMUF-WWIIT-GAO-ISW-WTH-WMEUSOTAITLU-UEAB ~ Sometimes – We Are Drawn To Their – Larger-Than-Life Qualities – And – The Special Way They Make Us Feel – When We’re Included In Their – Grandiosity And Omnipotence – In Some Way – When This Happens – We May End Up Sacrificing Ourselves To An Illusion That Leaves Us – Ultimately Empty And Bruised

~ W-YETWOTN-YLYB ~ When – You Enter The Web Of The Narcissist – You Leave Yourself Behind

~ TNEUVOO-NV-TMTOWKUBTTB-PUU-B-TP-D-A-TM ~ The Narcissist Engages Us Via Our Own – Narcissistic Vulnerabilities – The Most Treacherous Ones Will Keep Us Bound To Them By – Pumping Us Up – Between – The Put-Downs – And – The Manipulations

~ NC-D-O-P-UPOTOOP ~ Narcissists Constantly – Dump – Or – Project – Unwanted Parts Of Themselves Onto Other People

~ TNTPWIH-AICFMP-IRIN-YAJAMTAE ~ Try Not To Personalize What Is Happening – Although It Couldn’t Feel More Personal – It Really Is Not – You Are Just A Means To An End

~ YNTFAWT-D-FT-FOD-TNEIY-SIHTTOTPABTYOOTI ~ You Need To Find A Way To – Detach – From The – Feeling Of Diminishment – The Narcissist Evokes In You – Sometimes It Helps To Think Of This Person As Being Two Years Old On The Inside

~ RTUTR-DTTCOETPE-TNHALAT-IKUPU ~ Resist The Urge To Retaliate – Don’t Try To Challenge Or Enlighten This Person Either – The Narcissist Has A Lot At Stake – In Keeping Unconscious Processes Unconscious

~ ER ~ Embrace Reality

~ NWGTGLTAARTESATPFTSTGAO-TRAFT ~ Narcissists Will Go To Great Lengths To Avoid Any Realty That Evokes Shame And To Promote Fantasies That Sustain Their Grandiosity And Omnipotence – They Require Accomplices For This

~ WMUVTTSAOTNIOONFI-IOS-EIALS-ITISMFOL ~ What Makes Us Vulnerable To The Seductive Allure Of The Narcissist Is Our Own Need For Inflation – If Our Self-Esteem Is A Little Shaky – If There Is Something Missing From Our Lives

~ IOHYWTTSOAN-FYOD ~ Instead Of Hitching Your Wagon To The Star Of A Narcissist – Find Your Own Dream

~ SPFWTA-N-WYWTTB ~ See People For Who They Are – Not – Who You Want Them To Be

~ LTAT-IAN-L-C-D-O-H-O-BC-TA-O-SALOC-SOL-YCETBOTREOTSB ~ Learn To Accept That – If A Narcissist – Lies – Cheats – Disrespects – Or– Hurts – Others – Betrays Confidences – Takes Advantage – Or – Shows A Lack Of Compassion – Sooner Or Later – You Can Expect To Be On The Receiving End Of That Same Behavior

~ DFITTOTTSSAYRWSY ~ Don’t Fall Into The Trap Of Thinking That Something Special About Your Relationship Will Spare You

~ DGIARWANTYAGTCT-O-THOSWCBOFFY ~ Don’t Go Into A Relationship With A Narcissist Thinking You Are Going To Change That Person – Or – That He Or She Will Change Because Of Feelings For You

~ TBDATIAEOTNIAGSGOYOWVAAAOYOA ~ The Best Defense Against The Intrusions And Exploitations Of The Narcissist Is A Good Solid Grasp On Your Own Narcissistic Vulnerabilities And An Appreciation Of Your Own Assets

~ PLIRASTMTARAYOGA ~ Practice Living In Reality And Striving To Make That As Rewarding As Your Own Gifts Allow

~ IYCCYOGOYNTI-YMBSITWOYOH ~ If You Can’t Control Your Own Grandiosity Or Your Need To Idealize – You May Be Standing In The Way Of Your Own Happiness

~ IVOB-OBCTAPN-IIAYOR ~ Inevitable Violations Of Boundaries – Our Biggest Clue To Another Person’s Narcissism – Ignore It At Your Own Risk

~ OYHSAB-KI-IYBD-YSTNTYDNNTBTS ~ Once You Have Set A Boundary – Keep It – If You Back Down – You Show The Narcissist That You Do Not Need To Be Taken Seriously

~ CRR ~ Cultivate Reciprocal Relationships

~ OOTBWTCWNITABVIWTITFP-YMAWTATTEIWNT ~ One Of The Best Ways To Cope With Narcissists Is To Avoid Becoming Very Involved With Them In The First Place – You Might Also Want To Avoid The Toxic Environments In Which Narcissists Thrive

~ TYCTRAANANVITP ~ Teach Your Children To Recognize And Avoid Narcissism And Narcissistic Values In Their Peers

~ TAOTKOPOAUTN:TWCPTU-A-TWTCPD ~ There Are Only Two Kinds Of People Of Any Use To Narcissists: Those Who Can Pump Them Up – And – Those Whom They Can Put Down

~ NMB-ME-W-A-A-EP-TMPYA-TMYCGAW ~ Narcissism May Become – More Entrenched – With – Age – And – Expanding Power – The More Powerful You Are – The More You Can Get Away With

~ TEOBATMTNITTYOE ~ The Essence Of Being Able To Manage The Narcissist Is To Transcend Your Own Ego

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