Pride and Prejudice

August 14, 2011

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I am reading Pride and Prejudice. It was a decision made out of desperation when my library books came to an end and my Kobo broke. It was sitting in our shelf and I went for it when home with a summer cold (the worst kind). I was also influenced to make this decision because […]

Posted in: Books

How to prevent corruption: democracy in action

June 28, 2011

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After watching all these shows about the economic breakdown, I feel compelled to express my dissent in some way. I want to damn the man, but I don’t know how. I have given a cursory look in to how to withdraw myself from the banking and economic world, but feel stymied. Here is what I […]

Posted in: Governance

Justice-based transformation

June 25, 2011

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I just watched the Charlie Rose interview of Michael Sandel, a professor at Harvard University and teacher of the most popular undergraduate class there. I highly recommend watching it. I had two transformative experiences watching this video. The first is that there is a role for undergraduate education in this country. I have been very […]

Posted in: Governance, TV Shows

How to prevent corruption: simplify

June 15, 2011

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The US Government provides public education because we believe that democracies require an educated populace. Many decentralized notions including democratic governance and free markets require that people have the information they need to make good decisions. I see the obfuscation of information through legalese, hundred-page bills, and, less perniciously, through lazy design as a primary […]

The good guys

June 12, 2011

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In the course of educating myself on the economic breakdown, I have started noticing that certain people are embodying the information and views that I am most interested in hearing. Here are my heroes of the economic crisis with a note about what I like about them. Political Heroes Ron Paul   Elizabeth Warren Dennis Kucinich […]

Posted in: Governance

Why we are paying off our mortgage early

June 9, 2011

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Given the current economic situation and that bright people have gotten caught in situations way over their heads, it is hard to know what financial rules of thumb are paths to wealth and what lead to stress-inducing foolishness. For example, the conventional wisdom says that you build wealth by keeping your fixed rate mortgage through […]

Posted in: Home Fried

Understanding the economic breakdown

June 8, 2011

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I have been ultra fascinated by the economic breakdown and surrounding government, banking, and foreclosure scandals. My news and documentary consumption is at an all-time peak. I have watched many, many shows on the topic. I have been using these shows to get the knack of money, central banking, and the economy. In the process, […]