Category Archives: Political Reform

Digital Platforms & Democratic Governance: Standing at an Historic Crossroads

As I explain on the bio page of this blog, I believe: [T]he human race is, in fact, in a race. Not a race against other humans (though it sometimes seems that way), but rather a race against time, and … Continue reading

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Interactions Between Political and Platform Systems

This post focuses on the interactions between digital platforms and public sector democratic governance systems. It is intended to help set the stage for two subsequent posts that offer suggestions about how to support positive feedback loops and discourage negative … Continue reading

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My Broadband Pipe Dream, Part II: How might we get there from here?

Having set the conceptual stage for a “generative” Internet access strategy in Part I of this two-part post, I’d like dig a little deeper here into the “what” and “how.” As I said in Part I, and as suggested by … Continue reading

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Which Kind of Internet Do “We the People” Want?

I believe we’re at a key crossroads in the evolution of the Internet, our economy and society as a whole. And, as I’ve discussed, I believe a combination of New Growth Theory and Modern Monetary Theory can help us choose … Continue reading

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How Best to “Upgrade America?”

I just read Blair Levin’s recent “Upgrading America” speech, whose subtitle is: “Achieving a Strategic Bandwidth Advantage and a Psychology of Bandwidth Abundance To Drive High-Performance Knowledge Exchange.” As its longish subtitle (and reference to “combinatorial innovation”) suggests, Levin seems to … Continue reading

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Replanting the Roots of our Republic

In an earlier post I briefly discussed efforts spearheaded by Larry Lessig to “strike at the roots” of political corruption.  As I noted then, Lessig is the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.”  … Continue reading

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Striking at the Roots

My last post considered a proposal by Dan Kervick, a blogger at New Economic Perspectives, to more closely integrate fiscal and monetary policy, and to transition the latter from the control of a Central Bank that’s mainly responsive to the … Continue reading

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Integrating Fiscal and Monetary Policy

To provide a little more background on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and its significance, I though it would be helpful to discuss some additional MMT-related material. In this post I want to focus on a recent blog post by Dan … Continue reading

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New Perspectives on the Economy

Since economics is supposed to be the study of the exchange of value and (hopefully) the increase in prosperity and well-being among human beings, it will be a central thread of future discussion on this site.  The general perspective I’ll … Continue reading

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Empathy, Mindfulness, Dignity and Human Evolution

I just read a blog post by an old college friend of mine, Michael Gordon, who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, and whose work is increasingly focused on social enterprise and social entrepreneurship. The focus of … Continue reading

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