Category Archives: Government

Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 33)–What price those peaches?

Markets. What else would warm the cockles of an economist’s heart? I was talking with someone the other day and let slip that I was trained as an economist. “Are you a Keynesian?” he asked. I laughed and replied that … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 27)–Highly deadly black tarantula

Collaboration. Beware if you ask for input: you may just get put into a difficult position. But, what fun it is to have no idea and then see how others’ ideas can be melded into a lovely looking tapestry. I … Continue reading

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Can you do without it?

I’ve noticed in the past few weeks reports that we (or at least some of us) may be moving rapidly towards a cashless society. Don’t panic: the intention is not to do without money, far from it. Sweden’s plans are … Continue reading

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A bag full of it

In the spirit of intolerance, I have to draw this little piece of public policy to wider attention. Where I live, the local governments have imposed a bag tax: 5 cents for (paper and plastic) disposable bags, whether in supermarkets … Continue reading

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Hoodie done it

Looking in my wardrobe, I wonder what to wear. Should my choice be geared by style or by fear? A warm day, true, but would I feel good, If I put on the sweater with the big hood? What I … Continue reading

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Are you my type? Redux: The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin

I wrote yesterday about how a chance remark reminded me about profiling and how it can be wanton. I was also reminded about how dangerous and destructive it can be to many, but it seems especially to young black men. … Continue reading

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Laughable? Words have meaning.

My older daughter and I were in conversation about who would be the new president of the World Bank. She had seen a report in the Washington Post over the weekend, which outlined a range of potential candidates, among them … Continue reading

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