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

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?

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

~ ICT-WAD-WIPOTA-AW-DR-PU-WFSWIWDDI ~ In Contrast To – Will And Discipline – Which Imply Pushing Ourselves To Action – A Well-Defined Ritual – Pulls Us – We Feel Somehow Worse If We Don’t Do It

~ IWWTBIOL-NBTL-WCSMETST-TSTITWHTCFVFCAOS-CIAD-TSAPORAMIMLTWWBATPTUP ~ If We Want To Build Into Our Lives – New Behaviors That Last – We Can’t Spend Much Energy To Sustain Them – The Sobering Truth Is That We Have The Capacity For Very Few Conscious Acts Of Self-Control In A Day – The Specificity And Precision Of Rituals Also Makes It More Likely That We Will Be Able To Produce Them Under Pressure

JIM LOEHR + TONY SCHWARTZ ~ 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

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

ROBERT FRANK ~ THE DARWIN ECONOMY ~ 2011

~ ITI-NRA-TLUAGWTPTL-MT-OBOITTTCOTW-DTMVFOM ~ If There Is – No Realistic Alternative – To Living Under A Government With The Power To Levy – Mandatory Taxes – Our Best Option Is To Try To Create One That Will – Deliver The Most Value For Our Money

~ ATOAA-NOGR-B-A-DTA ~ A Tax On Any Activity – Not Only Generates Revenue – But – Also – Discourages The Activity

~ AA-RD-‘SE’-AT-‘COB’-‘SOC’-A-‘CTWWLOL’-B-IAVC-B-VE-LAR-C-SE ~ Antigovernment Activists – Reliably Denounce – “Social Engineering” – Attempts To – “Control Our Behaviour” – “Steer Our Choices” – And – “Change The Way We Live Our Lives” – But – It’s A Vacuous Compliant – Because – Virtually Every – Law And Regulation – Constitutes – Social Engineering

~ LAHAT-O-SL-SS-TL-SE-I-I-SB-NS-IWOLPTCUHTO ~ Laws Against Homicide And Theft – Noise Ordinances – Speed Limits – Stop Signs – Traffic Lights – Social Engineering – Is – Inescapable – Simply Because – Narrow Self-Interest Would Otherwise Lead People To Cause Unacceptable Harm To Others

~ EDRBTHAIODLTWMRBTUO ~ Every Dollar Raised By Taxing Harmful Activities Is One Dollar Less That We Must Raise By Taxing Useful Ones

~ WGS-OC-SBCWP ~ Wasteful Government Spending – Of Course – Should Be Cut Whenever Possible

~ IETSH-S-WCPITGHNUM-MSNHIACWLIITTAH-AIFWDCATMOTGATH-OPOP ~ It’s Easy To See How – Someone – Whose Core Philosophy Is That Government Has No Useful Mission – Might See No Harm In Appointing Cronies With Little Interest In The Task At Hand – Appointing Incompetent Friends Who Don’t Care About The Mission Of The Government Agencies They Head – Often Plays Out Poorly

~ TSFWT-EPW-ISIII-PW-IAMETET-PW ~ The Search For Ways To – Eliminate Private Waste – Is Still In Its Infancy – Private Waste – Is Actually Much Easier To Eliminate Than – Public Waste

~ TIP-ITTUDA-WRMS-SHO-PPQ-ATEOPRR-SATAPOIFDHASQ ~ The Important Point – Is That The Ultimate Decision About – Whether Regulation Makes Sense – Should Hinge On – Purely Practical Questions – About The Efficacy Of Proposed Regulatory Remedies – Slogans About The Absolute Primacy Of Individual Freedom Don’t Help Answer Such Questions

~ ICBAI? ~ Is Cost Benefit Analysis Immoral?

~ DAGR-EBCAB-ITE-QRWSRTDAQPO-WRSWD? ~ Defending Any Given Right – Entails Both Costs And Benefits – In The End – Questions Regarding Which Specific Rights To Defend Are Quintessentially Practical Ones – Which Rights Should We Defend?

~ DAGRCBFTWVI-B-IAGC-NJFTTWETR-BA-FTWBIRBI ~ Defending Any Given Right Creates Benefits For Those Who Value It – But – It Also Generates Costs – Not Just For Those Tasked With Enforcing The Right – But Also – For Those Whose Behavior Is Restricted By It

~ TITMTWPWPFBT ~ The Infrastructure That Made Their Wealth Possible Was Paid For By Taxes

~ TOAT-SE-I-CA ~ The Only Alternative To – Social Engineering – Is – Complete Anarchy

~ AT-RMF-HBAC-IOI-FO-HSFTB-U-MOTAHBCBMPABEOTPS-APWBML-I-WCA-I-FV-A-TRBSAM ~ Attempts To – Remedy Market Failure – Have Been A Central – If Often Implicit – Focus Of – Human Societies From The Beginning – Unfortunately – Many Of Those Attempts Have Been Compromised By Misguided Perceptions At Both Ends Of The Political Spectrum – Additional Progress Will Be More Likely – If – We Can Abandon – Ill-Founded Views – About – The Relationship Between Success And Merit

~ IWTOBTAATSUPCSTRBTU-IAINTRA ~ If We Think Of Being Taxed As Akin To Some Unknown Person Confiscating Something That Rightfully Belongs To Us – It’s Almost Impossible Not To React Angrily

~ IPTTOTROGLITOS-TATTOTROBLIOF ~ If People Tend To Overlook The Role Of Good Luck In Their Own Success – They Also Tend To Overlook The Role Of Bad Luck In Others’ Failures

~ TPFITTWJL ~ The Plan Fact Is That They Were Just Lucky

~ TPFPTPHANRTKTFBTTAECITLM-GTETWIROPIFBT-TPHNMMS ~ The Prevailing Framework Presumes That People Have A Natural Right To Keep The Full Bounty Their Talents And Efforts Command In The Labor Market – Given The Extent To Which Incomes Rest On Public Investment Financed By Taxes – That Presumption Has Never Made Much Sense

~ WHNPRTBT-HTOTEWIEG-TCIOR-A-SQ ~ We Have No Persuasive Reasons To Believe That – Higher Taxes On Top Earners Would Inhibit Economic Growth – This Claim Is Often Repeated – And – Seldom Questioned

~ IWC-TTR-TNHORTRWN-B-TGN-IT-CTCBLOTEWHTIIAW ~ If We Can’t – Tax The Rich – There’s No Hope Of Raising The Revenue We’ll Need – But – The Good News – Is That – Certain Taxes Can Be Levied On Top Earners Without Harming Their Interest In Any Way

~ TOHACTBKA-PT ~ Taxes On Harmful Activities Came To Be Known As – Pigouvian Taxes

~ TPOAPTGHSESRTC ~ The Price Of Any Product That Generates Harmful Side Effects Should Reflect Their Cost

~ MPSDHV ~ Many Public Services Deliver High Value

~ TPSOO-PP-IRDHB-ACOS-T-CMTTNOTACWF ~ The Primary Source Of Our – Political Paralysis – In Recent Decades Has Been – A Collection Of Slogans – That – Completely Misrepresent The True Nature Of The Actual Choices We Face

~ PA-WABC-U-APSFATCHTO-A-RE ~ Personal Autonomy – Will Always Be Compromised – Unless – All Problems Stemming From Activities That Cause Harm To Others – Are – Resolved Efficiently

~ T-BL-ITI-SR-DMT-TEP-ALAP-TSAOTE-TPAOEC ~ The – Bottom Line – Is That If – Society’s Rules – Don’t Make The – Total Economic Pie – As Large As Possible – They Squander An Opportunity To Enhance – The Personal Autonomy Of Every Citizen

~ B-GG-DJH-IMBNC-STB-R-SHHUFTKOSMOUWTLI ~ But – Good Government – Doesn’t Just Happen – It Must Be Nurtured Carefully – Starve The Beast – Rhetoric – Surely Hasn’t Helped Us Forge The Kind Of Society Most Of Us Want To Live In

~ ANOW-AGTTTREB-ATEGWFOO-BTCRH-TOCEAOTO-IWTTDTBWTLTP ~ Almost No One Wants – A Government That Tries To Regulate Every Behavior – A Truly Effective Government Would Focus Only On – Behaviors That Cause Real Harm – That Others Cannot Easily Avoid On Their Own – It Would Try To Discourage Those Behaviors With The Lightest Touch Possible

JARON LANIER ~ YOU ARE NOT A GADGET ~ 2010

~ LOFCC ~ Lords Of The Computing Clouds

~ FANP ~ Fragments Are Not People

~ TMITAATIHICP ~ The Most Important Thing About A Technology Is How It Changes People

~ PIIT ~ Politics Influences Information Technology

~ ESP-B-ITU ~ Entrenched Software Philosophies – Become – Invisible Through Ubiquity

~ TCSBLTTL ~ Technology Criticism Should Be Left To The Luddites

~ NE ~ Network Effect

~ CT ~ Cybernetic Totalists

~ DM ~ Digital Maoists

~ MOMFDWM ~ Many Of My Friends Disagree With Me

~ WDYDWTTACTTL? ~ What Do You Do When The Techies Are Crazier Than The Luddites?

~ LOD ~ Levels Of Description

~ OI ~ Oracle Illusion

~ RTBTMM ~ Race To Be The Most Meta

~ ATPLOA ~ Aggregate The Previous Layers Of Aggregation

~ TIOHLM ~ The Illusion Of High-Level Metaness

~ IDDTBF ~ Information Doesn’t Deserve To Be Free

~ WIOHARAIIN? ~ What If Only Humans Are Real And Information Is Not?

~ IIAE ~ Information Is Alienated Experience

~ EITOPTCDI ~ Experience Is The Only Process That Can De-Alienate Information

~ IOTKTP-WTBF-INBASOOOM-A-WNOIO-IWNSIIDGWIW ~ Information Of The Kind That Purportedly – Wants To Be Free – Is Nothing But A Shadow Of Our Own Minds – And – Wants Nothing On Its Own – It Will Not Suffer If It Doesn’t Get What It Wants

~ MICOBKIARS-ITEOAHB ~ Machine Intelligence Can Only Be Known In A Relative Sense – In The Eyes Of A Human Beholder

~ PDTIOTMMSS-ATT ~ People Degrade Themselves In Order To Make Machines Seem Smart – All The Time

~ COE-WYCTCOYC-YCYCOY ~ Circle Of Empathy – When You Change The Contents Of Your Circle – You Change Your Conception Of Yourself

~ ITD ~ Infelicitous Technological Designs

~ OMRTTCOSNANTMOTN-TRCITAOTF-B-TCHYTAIASW ~ One Must Remember That The Customers Of Social Networks Are Not The Members Of Those Networks – The Real Customer Is The Advertiser Of The Future – But – This Creature Has Yet To Appear In Any Significant Way

~ TNDDI ~ The Net Doesn’t Design Itself

~ AFPP ~ Anonymous Fragmentary Pseudo-People

T-INASO-II-B-TSQOTOW ~ Trolling – Is Not A String Of – Isolated Incidents – But – The Status Quo In The Online World

~ IOV ~ Ideology Of Violation

~ TROTCAPTR ~ The Rules Of The Cloud Apply Poorly To Reality

~ MEPITC ~ Meta Equals Power In The Cloud

~ MNTIITDAG ~ Morality Needs Technology If It’s To Do Any Good

~ PWFOAOTFAKOAOSLATCTCUWWTILSFEAO ~ People Will Focus On Activities Other Than Fighting And Killing One Another Only So Long As Technologists Continue To Come Up With Ways To Improve Living Standards For Everyone At Once

~ TDOE ~ The Devaluation Of Everything

~ U&U ~ Unobtrusive And Useful

~ IYWTK-WRGO-IA-SOI-FTM ~ If You Want To Know – What’s Really Going On – In A – Society Or Ideology – Follow The Money

~ RTTFOS-P ~ Reciprocity Takes The Form Of Self-Promotion

~ CITBPNBA ~ Culture Is To Become Precisely Nothing But Advertising

~ IMIFT-A-IO-M-J-A-A-TASIMCWMTTOB ~ If Money Is Flowing To – Advertising – Instead Of – Musicians – Journalists – And – Artists – Then A Society Is More Concerned With Manipulation Than Truth Or Beauty

~ ICIW-TPWSTB-EAC ~ If Content Is Worthless – Then People Will Start To Become – Emptyheaded And Contentless

~ PALOTC ~ Peasants And Lords Of The Clouds

~ AWBTDUFPOM-IIFP-WHAP ~ Are We Building The Digital Utopia For People Or Machines – If It’s For People – We Have A Problem

~ MAAGOTWPM-SNHWETWBTB ~ Maybe After A Generation Or Two Without Professional Musicians – Some New Habitat Will Emerge That Will Bring Them Back

~ TF-ACRTBBHA-EC-B-T-F-A-ER-AAR-TIOEIT-AOI-HB-THD ~ Thus Far – All Computer-Related Technologies Built By Humans Are – Endlessly Confusing – Buggy – Tangled – Fussy – And – Error-Ridden – As A Result – The Icon Of Employment In The – Age Of Information – Has Been – The Help Desk

~ POTHD ~ Planet Of The Help Desks

~ CEC ~ Computationally Enhanced Corruption

~ CHMIEFCTPETTTTANAOTOS ~ Computers Have Made It Easier For Criminals To Pretend Even To Themselves That They Are Not Aware Of Their Own Schemes

~ TWOFCTTPI2008WSCB ~ The Wave Of Financial Calamities That Took Place In 2008 Were Significantly Cloud Based

~ NOITP-DEHTMVCTLTHOHITWWRAATN ~ No One In The Pre-Digital Era Had The Mental Capacity To Lie To Him- Or Herself In The Way We Routinely Are Able To Now

~ WOTCTCTC?-ALF ~ Who Owns The Cloud That Connects The Crowd? – A Lucky Few

~ EHAISABI-UTAAIP ~ Entitlement Has Achieved Its – Singularity – And – Become Infinite – Unless The Algorithm Actually Isn’t Perfect

~ TGUSOTNI ~ The Grand Unified Scam Of The New Ideology

~ ASCIWBHVIOBF-AEWGPFTB ~ A Social Contract In Which Bits Have Value Instead Of Being Free – And Everyone Would Get Paid For Their Bits

~ WADOIS-MWB ~ Without A Degree Of Imposed Scarcity – Money Would Be Valueless

~ AVITAOTLT ~ A Volunteer In The Army Of The Long Tail

~ TWPOTOWARHS ~ The Wrong People Often Take Over When A Revolution Happens Suddenly

~ ETMELMATFCHT-FTCTATG ~ Even The Most Extreme Libertarian Must Admit That – Fluid Commerce Has To Flow Through Channels That Amount To Government

~ WMSOH-A-EOR-IOTBB ~ We Must See Ourselves Honestly – And – Engage Ourselves Realistically In Order To Become Better

~ E-IA-HTB-M-ASORWCC-W-RTWCC ~ Economics – Is About – How To Best – Mix – A Set Of Rules We Cannot Change – With – Rules That We Can Change

~ TUTOF ~ The Unbearable Thinness Of Flatness

~ OCIFOTWAIWBTWWB ~ Online Culture Is Fixated On The World As It Was Before The Web Was Born

~ TOAHBATC-L-PC-IHBSGAC-NO ~ The Open Approach Has Been Able To Create – Lovely – Polished Copies – It Hasn’t Been So Good At Creating – Notable Originals

~ WITNM?-EI-R/R/R ~ Where Is The New Music? – Everything Is – Retro / Retro / Retro

~ WMS-R-IS-IIITRITC ~ What Makes Something – Real – Is That – It Is Impossible To Represent It To Completion

~ ESAP ~ Encapsulation Serves A Purpose

~ BFSL-FLS ~ Been Fast So Long – Feels Like Slow

~ SJ ~ Silicon Juvenilia

~ DC:WAWOJ ~ Digital Culture: Wave After Wave Of Juvenilia

~ PC ~ Postsymbolic Communication

HENRY GIROUX ~ TWILIGHT OF THE SOCIAL ~ 2012

~ UI-APIIDF-C/PV/TPG ~ Unbridled Individualism – Almost Pathological In Its Disdain For – Community / Public Values / The Public Good

~ TGP-ANPTFA-PC-O-TER-WSIFTS-SA-A-CANATGUA-IOTB ~ The General Public – Almost Never Points The Finger At – Powerful Corporations – Or – The Elite Rich – Who Seem Immune From The Shared-Sacrifice Argument – And – Consequently Are Not Asked To Give Up Anything – Including Obscene Tax Breaks

~ UTRO-MF-MITWMTLHSAMHBEWOA ~ Under The Regime Of – Market Fundamentalism – Many Institutions That Were Meant To Limit Human Suffering And Misfortune Have Been Either Weakened Or Abolished

~ AVO-TGS-HBRWVO-IH-CB-AESFIG ~ A Vision Of – The Good Society – Has Been Replaced With Visions Of – Individual Happiness – Characterized By – An Endless Search For Instant Gratification

~ OOTMDOFTLOPVITDSOOTCFAOTOOPI ~ One Of The Most Devastating Outcomes From This Loss Of Public Values Is The Diminished Sense Of Obligation To Care For Anything Other Than Our Own Personal Interests

~ IO-PS-TP-D-D-A-AWSE-WH-ES-T-IAETT-WOOT-UD-R-T-A-C ~ Instead Of – Public Spheres – That Promote – Dialogue – Debate – And – Arguments With Supporting Evidence – We Have – Entertainment Spheres – That – Infantilize Almost Everything They Touch – While Offering Opinions That – Utterly Disregard – Reason – Truth – And – Civility

~ PBD-WASCTPTCFPTB-S-C-R-A-SR ~ Politics Becomes Dysfunctional – Without A Supportive Culture To Provide The Conditions For People To Become – Self-Critical – Reflexive – And – Socially Responsible

~ MDC-RTAT-FIASEIWS-IISTTAOPV ~ Market-Driven Culture – Rejects The Assumption That – Freedom Is A Shared Experience In Which Self-Interest Is Subordinated To The Affirmation Of Public Values

~ DTOD-B-DACC-CTPIASMBAWGBPDASC ~ Democracy Thrives On Dissent – But – Dissent And Critical Citizenship – Cannot Take Place In A Society Marked By A Widening Gap Between Political Democracy And Socioeconomic Capacities

~ W-TIH-T-A-TDR-WPGTNAMDPS-RTBS ~ Whether – The Information Highway – Technoculture – And – The Digital Revolution – Will Provide Gateways To New And More Democratic Public Spheres – Remains To Be Seen

~ VEMOTNUACCAMA ~ Virtual Encounters More Often Than Not Undermine Authentic Communication And Minimize Accountability

~ PVM ~ Public Values Matter

~ N-AIAE ~ Nowadays – All Ideas Are Equal

~ T-WS-IBD;IIBRBTHROT-PS ~ The – Welfare State – Is Being Dismantled; It Is Being Replaced By The Harsh Realities Of The – Punishing State

~ WPIRTPA ~ Widespread Poverty Is Relegated To Private Anecdotes

~ D-IA-‘WOL’ ~ Democracy – Is A – “Way Of Life”

~ ED-SMTE;IAP-I-V-P-M-A-ROT ~ Economic Darwinism – Shapes More Than Economics; It Also Produces – Ideas – Values – Power – Morality – And – Regimes Of Truth

~ MO-J-E-A-E-HOABETTMOP ~ Matters Of – Justice – Ethics – And – Equality – Have Once Again Been Exiled To The Margins Of Politics

~ SA-GC-TI-GIS-YP-HSAMTTWTTRTLALURPRSBAMBNW ~ Signalling A – Generational Crisis – That Is – Global In Scope – Young People – Have Sent A Message To The World That They Refuse To Live Any Longer Under Repressive Political Regimes Sustained By A Morally Bankrupt Neoliberal World

~ ‘ZOSA’ ~ “Zones Of Social Abandonment”

~ TMYPATGNLI-‘ASOPE’ ~ Too Many Young People Around The Globe Now Live In – “A State Of Perpetual Emergency”

~ OTOH-AMATRAAN ~ On The Other Hand – Austerity Measures Against The Rich Are Almost Nonexistent

~ T-DC ~ Trickle-Down Cruelty

~ A-UAC-EM-BS-SALN-HTTC-N-HTCPTWLPI ~ As – Universities And Colleges – Emphasize Market-Based Skills – Student Are Learning Neither – How To Think Critically – Nor – How To Connect Private Troubles With Larger Public Issues

~ AKHBSOIVAASG ~ Academic Knowledge Has Been Stripped Of Its Value As A Social Good

~ ASIWPIVAI ~ A Society In Which Politics Is Viewed As Irrelevant

~ IOT-OTIOTWAPC-T-FC-SF-A-I-NFAVD-AU-AIAW-RA ~ In Order To – Protect The Interests Of The Wealthy And Powerful Corporations – The – Formative Culture – Social Formations – And – Institutions – Necessary For A Viable Democracy – Are Under – An Intense And Wide-Ranging Assault

~ D-HBAR-CB-ASNOEWIACPM ~ Democracy – Has Become A Ritual – Controllable By – A Small Number Of Extremely Wealthy Individuals And Corporate Power Mongers

~ S-HB-H-I-TBTLOMSASOAOTTO ~ Society – Has Become – Hyper-Individualized – Trapped By The Lure Of Material Success And Stripped Of Any Obligation To The Other

SUSAN GEORGE ~ WHOSE CRISIS, WHOSE FUTURE?

~ WC-WF? ~ Whose Crisis – Whose Future?

~ T-A-G-F-R-W ~ Towards – A – Greener – Fairer – Richer – World

~ TO-AN-T-P-O-F-B-P-I-A-I ~ The Obstacles – Are Not – Technical – Practical – Or – Financial – But – Political – Intellectual – And – Ideological

~ TE-C-TSDOTE-‘E’-JUSE ~ The Economists – Call – The Systematic Destruction Of The Environment – “Externalities” – Just Unfortunate Side Effects

~ BTEIU-A-GVI-SINUAW ~ Because The Economy Is Unjust – And – Generates Vast Inequalities – Society Is Necessarily Unjust As Well

~ F-F-H-R-UIC ~ Further – Faster – Higher – Richer – Until It Crashes

~ AG-BOSMDTKTOWOTOABL ~ A Grab-Bag Of Stopgap Measures Designed To Keep The Old World Order Ticking Over A Bit Longer

~ ITF=PWAH-TB-S-RT-TRC-WATFATPET ~ It’s Tempting For – People Who Are Hurting – To Blame – Scapegoats – Rather Than – The Real Culprits – Who Are Too Far Away To Provide Easy Targets

~ T-RL-A-FFP-TPTC-WIJATTBAPBI-MS-R-TPF-TAPW-PR-POEK-AT-MCNL ~ The – Risky Loans – And – Fancy Financial Products – That Precipitated The Crisis – Were Intellectually Justified At The Time By A Pious Belief In – Market Self-Regulation – The Patent Fiction – That All Participants Were – Perfectly Rational – Possessed Of Equal Knowledge – And That – Markets Could Not Lie

~ DASPAUWTCIOTRAPAAS ~ Dark And Secret Plots Are Unnecessary When The Common Interests Of The Rich And Powerful Are At Stake

~ P/S;C/S ~ Primes / Subprimes; Crimes / Subcrimes

~ WDYM-‘NSTC’-? ~ What Do You Mean – “Nobody Saw This Coming” – ?

~ R-S ~ Regulation – Shmegulation

~ LTER ~ Let Them Eat Research

~ HNWI ~ High Net Worth Individuals

~ PAB-TKPWT-GIF ~ People Aren’t Blind – They Know Perfectly Well That – Globalization Isn’t Fair

~ NAOWTMPH ~ New And Original Ways To Make People Hungry

~ W:TPCP ~ Water: The Perfect Capitalist Product

~ CSBAPG ~ Credit – Should Be A – Public Good