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Philosophy | davelovell.net
May 072012

The Break­down of the Clas­si­cal Lib­eral Par­a­digm in the Age of Glob­al­iza­tion …nice title eh? Back in the 1950s and 60s, it was com­monly said that “what was good for Gen­eral Motors was good for Amer­ica”. The claim was rel­a­tively sim­ple to grasp: When Gen­eral Motors did well, it employed hun­dreds of thou­sands of work­ers and cre­ated prod­ucts that ben­e­fited the aver­age Amer­i­can. The slo­gan of course referred to the dynam­ics of Amer­i­can cap­i­tal­ism, and behind it lies a basic assump­tion about human nature, that indi­vid­u­als are for the most part moti­vated by eco­nomic self-interest. To an extent not gen­er­ally appre­ci­ated, the suc­cess of the Amer­i­can sys­tem can be attrib­uted to the founders’ incor­po­ra­tion of this insight into the Con­sti­tu­tion. The result was a political-economy that […click to read the rest]

 Posted by at 5:10 am
Mar 152012
What's with all the Dirty Talk Lately?

After the lat­est imbe­cil­i­ties from Hush Lim­baugh and the con­tin­u­ing inani­ties from San­to­rum regard­ing women and those pesky vagina’s of theirs…  you would sup­pose me to go after some Freudian angle of attack, lev­el­ing some not so hid­den assaults against their failed swords­man­ship. Oh you think so lit­tle of me!  Rather, I shall refrain from indi­vid­ual assaults on the mea­ger wind­mills arrayed before me and launch into a com­pletely undis­ci­plined dia­tribe apro­pos — mod­ern day puri­tans (or, ass­holes as I pre­fer to call them) I’ve vented around this idea before; that those who politic at us by pro­claim­ing moral decay and por­tray them­selves as some­one who will return us to the good old days…aren’t talk­ing about the good old days of strong unions, the GI bill […click to read the rest]

 Posted by at 8:50 am
Feb 272012
Hubris and Ignorance

I may not know what I think I know, you know? So I’ve been try­ing to come to some under­stand­ing about how very bright peo­ple, like some very close bio­log­i­cal rel­a­tives of mine, can see the polit­i­cal land­scape so dif­fer­ently than I do. Be warned; I’m about to get all for­mal essay on you… 1.    Cog­ni­tive hubris: each of us believes that his map of the world is more accu­rate than it really is. 2.    Rad­i­cal igno­rance: when it comes to com­plex social phe­nom­ena, our maps are highly inac­cu­rate. Cog­ni­tive hubris can explain large, per­sis­tent dis­agree­ments over such issues as finan­cial reg­u­la­tion and Key­ne­sian fis­cal stim­u­lus. Cog­ni­tive hubris is par­tic­u­larly trou­ble­some when com­bined with rad­i­cal igno­rance. Indeed, this con­fig­u­ra­tion jus­ti­fies lim­it­ing gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tion in order to avoid set­ting […click to read the rest]

 Posted by at 7:42 am
Nov 292011
Old Dog, New Trick - Want My Biscuit!

A few months ago I bought three bow ties, they were good ones (said the sales dude) and half-off the already 75% reduc­tion – or about $3 each.  I applauded my fru­gal­ity and kept peek­ing at the orig­i­nal price tags that showed $40 and how badly I had beaten the man! Once the heady rush of my retail con­quest had faded, a trou­bling bit of real­ity wormed its way into my con­scious­ness – tying a bow tie was a man-skill that I lacked.  I might just as well have pur­chased three new slide rules for all the good they were gonna do me.  I will turn 48 tomor­row and I have made my peace with the skill set that I pos­sess, why trou­ble myself with the […click to read the rest]

 Posted by at 8:20 am
Nov 182011
The Ghosts of Lost Peeps

I’ve been miss­ing all the peo­ple I’ve lost more than usual recently.  Prob­a­bly comes from the slack­en­ing of my most recent life whirl­wind and the sud­den and over­whelm­ing quiet that has set­tled in its after­math.   Unstruc­tured time has always been my down­fall; and I’ve kept my life as busy as pos­si­ble in an uncon­scious desire to keep myself from myself. I tend to carry around my lost peo­ple in my head – some­times I pull them out myself, some­times they jump out at me with­out invi­ta­tion, usu­ally when I’m in no mood.  Some of my losses were self-inflicted, some by mutual drift­age, but some were taken; and those are the lost peo­ple that have been in my thoughts lately. I’ve dealt with enough ther­apy (from […click to read the rest]

 Posted by at 4:17 pm
Sep 262010
Reform Education Reform

I was watch­ing Meet the Press this morn­ing, and aside from my Sun­day morn­ing polit­i­cal fix, I watched a seg­ment dis­cussing edu­ca­tional reform.  They had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the teacher’s union, the DC schools super­in­ten­dent, the Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion and some­one else that didn’t make much of an impres­sion on me since I can’t remem­ber who they were. The points that they argued where the same things that edu­ca­tional “reform­ers” have been toss­ing around for years — to no effect what­so­ever; bureau­crats want teacher account­abil­ity based on test scores — teacher unions don’t want teach­ers’ job’s tied to test scores.  And both sides com­plain about money, and that they don’t have enough, even though the nation spends gabil­lions on pub­lic edu­ca­tion. I kept watch­ing, hop­ing I might […click to read the rest]

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