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Seek High Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

October 01, 1988

The policy advisers surrounding Michael Dukakis and George Bush are focused on the wrong economic policy goals, emphasizing deficit reductions instead of higher economic growth with little inflation.

Don’t Bash Economics–Blend It

September 25, 1988

Economist-bashing is a fundamentally dishonest activity. Executives, government officials, intellectuals make cracks about yet another failure of the dismal science only to heed economists’ advice the next day; indeed, pay for it. There is a better way. Blend economics with heavy doses of psychology and sociology to create a new science the recognizes more of the complexities of the real world: socio-economics.

Institutionalized Child-Care: Can It Fill Parenting Deficit?

September 14, 1988

America is increasingly doing to its children what it has done to its elderly, and to worse effect: separating them out of the family and warehousing them in poorly supervised institutions.

Preventive Recession’ Won’t Help the Country

June 28, 1988

Under the guidance of mainstream economists, the country is considering a highly dubious policy. Experts, public leaders and large segments of the public are forming a consensus that after the election the next president ought to cut the budget and foreign trade deficits drastically. This is what a bipartisan National Commission on Economics is expected to recommend, a policy that has already been favored by 54 other study groups and public interest lobbies, according to one list.

Kicking economy on way down

June 26, 1988

Under the guidance of mainstream economists, the country is locking into a highly dubious policy. Experts, public leaders and large segments of the public are forming a consensus that after the election the next president ought to cut domestic (budgetary) and international (trade) deficits drastically.

This is what a bipartisan National Commission on Economics is expected to recommend, a policy that has already been favored by 54 other study groups, public interest lobbies, etc., according to one list.

ACLU is Running a Risk: Excessive Individualism

June 25, 1988

John Tanton, M.D., is about to strike again. This time his target is the American Civil Lbierties Union (ACLU). He is launching a counter-organization, the American Civil Rights and Responsibilities Union (ACRRU). The ACRRU will conduct educational campaigns, draft legislation, and file briefs to help ensure that the rights and needs of the commons will not be neglected in hot pursuit of Me-ism and special interests.

Spare the Old, Save the Young

June 11, 1988

In the coming years, Daniel Callahan's call to ration health care for the elderly, put forth in his book Setting Limits, is likely to have growing appeal.

Normative Affective Factors: Toward a New Decision-Making Model

May 02, 1988

The author outlines a radically different decision-making model form the one widely used in Economics and in Psychology. 

Say ‘I’m Sorry’ Like a Man

March 23, 1988

CAMBRIDGE, Mass----Will nobody ever again own up to his transgressions and take the punishment like a person of character, setting a much-needed example?

One ‘Crash’ Won’t Scare Away Investors

January 01, 1988

Recent forecasts by economists about near-term levels of economic activity draw heavily on psychological and sociological presuppositions. Pushed aside are economic theories of business cycles, or the stimulative effects of the declining exchange rate. Instead economists advance two propositions: first, an economic slowdown - possibly a recession - will be caused by a “negative wealth effect.” The second: though there may be a recession, it will be mitigated by a “confidence-building” reduction in the deficit.

How Rational We?

November 01, 1987

How rational people are is a question of interest to social sciences, public policy, and all educated persons.

Corporations on the Government Gravy Train

July 01, 1987

There is a rather reliable: relatively easy way to improve your bottom line which most MBAs fail to mention and your economic consultants are unlikely to recommend: Call on the government.

The Responsive Community (I & We)

July 01, 1987

“The Responsive Community (I & We),” The American Sociologist, Summer 1987, pp. 146-157.

U.S. Technological, Economic, and Social Development for the 21st Century

May 01, 1987

In the late 1970s, the United States became a member of a rather new and small categoryof countries, properly defined as the under developing countries, whose economic development had slipped into reverse gear.

In Praise of Public Humiliation

April 02, 1987

Public humiliation is a surprisingly effective and low-cost way of deterring criminals and expressing the moral order of a community. It is used by a few judges, but much too sparingly. Some jurisdictions publish the names of “Johns” who are caught frequenting prostitutes.