Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Importance of Compartmentalization

GEORGE SOROS: Markets are inherently unstable, or at least potentially unstable. An appropriate metaphor is the oil tankers. They are very big; and therefore, you have to put in compartments to prevent the sloshing around of oil from capsizing the … Continue reading

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UFD (Up for Debate): Teacher Tenure in K-12 Public Education

Though Josh and I share this site, we often disagree. In our segment UFD, or Up for Debate, we address a topic from two opposing sides. In the post we address the question: Should teacher tenure be abolished in K-12 … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – August 16, 2012: C. Wright Mills’s White Collar, pt. 1

I started this book at the beginning of the summer. And after countless distractions and other books, I finally finished it early this morning. It is an incredible book, not just because of its intellectual and statistical rigor, but because … Continue reading

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The four posts …

The four posts below are older posts, if you couldn’t tell, from my previous blog. “Quotes of the Day” posts tend to be selected passages from books I’m reading, and my thoughts about those passages. I hope to continue writing … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – March 16, 2012

I read Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler, today. It was a nice change from my usual focus on non-fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed the philosophical debates so neatly incorporated into the book’s prose. That said, there were a few clunky metaphors … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – March 24, 2012

The next book on my reading list is A Bed for the Night by David Rieff. While I’m really enjoying the content of the book so far, I don’t find his writing as smooth as, say Paul Berman’s. The sentences tend to be … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – April 11, 2012: On Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People

I picked up Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People over six months ago in a book store in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, but I finally sat down today to give it a close reading. I have not read … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day – April 25, 2012

I haven’t found a lot of time to post or even read recently because of college visits and general craziness at school. But, now that things have calmed down a bit, I should have more time to read and write. … Continue reading

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UFD (Up for Debate): Will Paul Ryan Help Mitt Romney Win the Election?

Though Tom and I share this site, we often disagree. In our segment UFD, or Up for Debate, we address a topic from two opposing sides. In the post we address the question: Will Paul Ryan Help Mitt Romney Win … Continue reading

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Austerity and Dependence

Welcome to the era of the gerontocracy. The call for austerity measures, in the forms of the Ryan and Obama budgets, has been issued. The American public has been asked to reckon with the facts: Today the ratio of working … Continue reading

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