July 31, 2013
Friends, followers, readers, I write to you from the great city of Chase Chicago, Illinois, USA, where a few years ago, the mayor literally sold the city’s rights to collect parking revenue to – you guessed it – the folks behind Chase Bank. Maybe next year, the city of Chase Chicago will sell its own right to collect taxes through 2023 – what a great move that would be!
Just in case there was any confusion over who owns this city, check out this image I snapped last night:
Apologies for the blurry night photography – for those who don’t want to squint at their screens, the word above “CHICAGO” is “CHASE” – this is truly the city of Chase Chicago.
Capitalism is an economic system where goods and services are owned and traded, and where
May 7, 2013
“Anglo moral nihilism” is a type of nihilist that just thinks morals are tough, leave it to the experts, “I’m not paid to do that.” It’s atheistic, but indifferent, but also focused on angels and demons, God and the Devil. But it’s also mostly just nihilist consumer who thinks the morals are in the Bible which is the word of God himself. There, now that morals have been purchased, let’s move on to politics.
How can people lead the nation who don’t even appreciate nature?
“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.” – Ronald Reagan, 1981
October 3, 2011
October 3, 2011
WASHINGTON DC – In a bipartisan effort to reverse the nation’s chronic unemployment problem, lawmakers in Washington today announced a plan to add 500,000 jobs to the economy by 2012.
ATMs in Chicago to be replaced by human tellers, which should boost employment
“Technology has killed more American jobs than any other factor, including all combined outsourcing losses. It’s time we take a stand against this growing force that leeches so many jobs out of our economy,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as he announced the plan early this afternoon.
August 18, 2011
August 18, 2011
Awareness without action is useless like a soldier without his weapon. But action without awareness is as dangerous as firing a weapon with closed eyes. True progress occurs if, and only if, awareness and action are combined.
Forest is to trees as economy is to people
Warren Buffet has an opinion about the economy, and he’s optimistic. He thinks that as soon as America’s housing construction returns, our economy will pick back up. Buffet thinks that this could happen as early as 2013. The oracle of Omaha thinks that America has the same strong assets that we’ve had for the past 200 years, and to be honest, I totally agree.
April 17, 2011
April 17, 2011
“It’s probably too much to say that it’s a jobless recovery, but it’s certainly a recovery with not enough jobs… Especially because of youth unemployment… There is now a risk that this will be turned into a life sentence, and that there is a possibility of a lost generation,” said Robert Zoellick, as quoted by a recent BBC article (emphasis added).
Mr. Zoellick was using the phrase with poorer nations in mind, but I’m sure that he’d agree that this problem affects all nations in one way or another.
March 20, 2011
March 20, 2011
In every relationship, one person is better at a few things than the other. My fiancée is better than I am with computer software. She surfs the internet more efficiently, and she can learn anything from the internet faster than I can. It’s not that I’m bad at it, it’s just that she’s better.
Economically, the United States and China share a similar relationship. Perhaps the US is better with innovation, but China owns manufacturing. This relationship is the focus of our present discussion.
February 13, 2011
Febuary 13, 2011
Part 2 of 5 in a series describing the Pythagorean perspective of Economics and Society
It is a common misconception that economics is simply about money. Money is only useful when it is being handed from one person to another. Without people, money is nothing. So it is intrinsically crucial in our understanding of money that we understand the individuals that use it. This second post out of five is intended to lay out our understanding of money in terms of people, so we must first define what a “person” is.
Note: Neuroeconomics is fascinating, but it will only give us more tools to understand reality. The only way we might advance our understanding is by using tools. We can bypass a lot of irrelevancy by making a few simple assumptions about the human mind.
Stating the Question
We’ve wondered for so long after the question, “What is consciousness?” This question is one of Michael Hanlon’s 10 questions that science cannot yet answer. read more
February 2, 2011
Part 1 of a 5 part series introducing the Pythagorean perspective of economics. At no point is the intention to imply that this series will fully encompass the discussion of economics on Pythagoreanism.com.
Overview: This article is the first in a series on economics, the state of the American (and more generally, the world) economy. The central thesis is that there are fundamental flaws with our economic system. To some, this may seem like a timid thesis, but when sufficiently proved, the implications are profound and far reaching. The series will point out some major flaws with our economic system, and will suggest some methods for fixing them. This post introduces the attitude, direction, and perspective of the kind of analysis which will follow.
Education, Economics and Society
As shown here on Pythagoreanism, our education system has serious problems. Previous articles on Pythagoreanism sufficiently prove this point, but barely scratch the surface of the kinds of issues that exist for modern education. This series discusses economics, which has significant and interesting overlaps with education. But this discussion proceeds with a completely different perspective than 99% of what most economists prefer to focus upon. The problems with economics are so deeply ingrained that a restructuring of society is necessary to fix everything. read more
January 18, 2011
Published: January 18, 2011
Part Three of a Three Part Series
Roadmap of article: This analysis discusses the role of student debt in the education system. It argues that we should change the current law so as to allow student loans to be forgiven (or discharged, synonymously) through bankruptcy. There are three primary premises which this analysis assumes to be true. For the sake of brevity, they are not discussed. If need be, the author is prepared to defend these assumptions. They are as follows:
1.) We are producing too many degrees. There are too many students and not enough workers.
2.) The cost of tuition is being artificially inflated by private lenders, who give hundreds of thousands of dollars to anyone with a heartbeat and an admission letter. This results in tectonic pressure which will, eventually, jostle our fragile economy with unprecedented magnitude, resulting in unpredictable, novel, and extremely detrimental effects. Some refer to this as a “bubble” which will “pop,” but bubbles imply whimsical innocence. This is a very real threat. Earthquakes are a better metaphor.
3.) Everything that Sir Ken Robinson says is true. read more
January 7, 2011
Pythagoreanism illuminates certain good and bad aspects of our world that most people don’t notice.
Pythagoreanism is a part of the birth of Western Buddhism. Our society and our economy are evolving. Pythagoreanism is a part of this evolution.
This birth, unsurprisingly, is occurring online. Pythagoreans do not meditate to work better, we work to meditate better. Pythagoreans value freedom and diversity of thought. This means that all Pythagoreans have big problems with working long hours at jobs we don’t like, being forced to think about ideas that do not interest us. Pythagoreans use dramatic language to describe this, including “indentured servitude.”
I mean, it’s not indentured servitude, right? That’s too extreme a phrase, right?… We’re not forced to work! We’re here because we want to be here!