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"We exist in moments of gentle apocalypse" Roland Barthes
my studies of late...blog type thing
1 May 06: John Kenneth Galbraith
One of my favorite smart people is no longer with us.
If anyone knows of anyone who is writing serious, reader friendly, socio-political economic books please let me know. Galbraith's work, specifically 'The Affluent Society' actually gave me hope. This hope was short lasting, however, as it seems his best lessons remain unexplored to date.
The man created the phrase 'the conventional wisdom'. And to the best of my knowledge it was never intended as a compliment.
I came to study economics only after I had found gainful employment, as it really is a matter suited to idle time. But architecture, my trade for lack of a better term, is an excellent introduction into socio-political economics. When you study the history of architecture, you study what was built not what was said. Economic theory can be a study in efforts to influence what gets built, bought, produced, etc. The world is a different place when you have the imagination, or perhaps stamina, required to follow an idea from intent to manifestation. What gets built, bought, stolen, taxed, etc., let's you see where the priorities really are.
John Kenneth Galbraith argued for the evaluation of our priorities, and it is now the job of those who appreciated his work to continue this labor.
links in no particular order...
Two great quotes in case you don't have time...
"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."
"In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong."
other local news....
Bush clone. Do I laugh or cry, either will be for the wrong reasons...
If problems occur, reevaluate what we mean by 'success'
It's your money, well, the middle class's children's children's money
Part of where it is going....
At home my trade is hospital architecture, they don't need that here.
28 Apr 06: Mixed Messages
24 Apr 06: Teaching myself civics
22 Apr 06: Language - no such thing
16 Apr 06: The Lamb
11 Apr 06: Homecoming (dead dog)
25 Mar 06: Good night and Good luck
22 Mar 06: Exit: Mine
12 Mar 06: Solicitation
04 Mar 06: Beautiful things
26 Feb 06: expectations
04 Feb 06: attention span / davos
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