Sunday, August 24, 2008

Russia Is Back

Ronald Steel suggests that Russia is back, and behaving no differently than the US as it uses its newfound wealth and control of natural resources to protect what it views as its 'sphere of influence'. Interesting times ahead....Enjoy. Beckmania

A Superpower Is Reborn

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Layperson Disconnect

There are always some things, say the economists, for which the opinion of the vast majority of experts and those of the lay people differ. It's pretty fascinating when experts pretty much unanimously agree on something (I know, I know, that's an exaggeration but it comes close to happening) , yet a general population thinks differently. Here is an article discussing this phenomenon in the context of energy independence. Ah those economists, always making so much utility maximizing sense.....Enjoy. Beckmania.

The Idiocy of Energy Independence

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Great Illusion

Fascinating big picture article from Paul Krugman. It made me think of the famous George Santayana quotation:" "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it"....Is the level of global economic interconnectedness itself cyclical over a period of decades?? Enjoy. Beckmania.....

The Great Illusion

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Harmony and the Dream

Here is an interesting piece from David Brooks - he suggests that some aspects of a collectivist (as opposed to individualistic) society are actually quite appealing and merit thought when thinking about ideal societies....this could spawn a thousand conversations....Enjoy! Beckmania

Harmony and the Dream