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The Yap thread is a fascinating source of information about how certain frequent commenters apply orthodox precepts of anthropology to differential diagnosis of "civilizations". Thanks for resurrecting it. At the time I was slumming with the California Cohort of Petty Landlords who were preoccupied with transforming real estate into "money" and identifying ethnic deviants, near and far.

At the moment I'm reading Medical Apartheid, The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present which is turning out a guide to growth (V) of inter-continental demand (Q, $) among natural scientists for a doctrine of applied pathology. Which happens to coincide with my purchasing The History of Statistics, The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900. I'm sorely tempted to skip to Part II, "The Struggle to Extend a Calculus of Probabilities to the Social Sciences," as I would like to be surprised to learn that substitution of mathematical principle for acute absence of observations did not prevail in practical administration of imperium.

Similarly, literate US with leisure to read has now two definitive "impeachment inquiry" reports, one produced by the Committee on Judiciary, the other by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (formerly HUAC). A columnist for the New York Post noted with interest Chairman Schiff's overweening reverence of the first president of the US, first among equally powerful men, a paragon of wisdom among (English) factions (who had agreed to revise Articles of Confederation--similar to the TEU--agreed by representatives of the sovereign states). Indeed the Cmt. on Judiciary recitation of British America's colonial government leaves an impression not unlike that of the transcript of a bible study session, tattooed to one's back. One twists and turns before a mirror to decode the iconography.

"How can a democracy survive without acceptance of a common set of experiences?" Schiff wonders, if a president places his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, the Union. Therein lays a strange inequality of two unknowns which is not balanced by either manifesto: a common set of experiences and the national interest personified by one person. ("Our President holds the ultimate public trust." --Cmt on Judiciary) Inexplicably, few doubt the assumption is true for HRM prime minister of the UK. Crazy, huh?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 04:09:08 PM EST
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My view is that the US is better off now than in the past WRT most objective metrics. The questions are, I think:

  • How good is it compared to how good it could be?
  • What is the effect of pessimism driven by political campaigns? In other words, if both parties predict Armageddon if the other party wins, it is easy to say that we are all doomed.
by asdf on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 06:44:37 PM EST
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The missing unit of measurement is what?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 07:12:11 PM EST
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A specific date in the past when things were better.
by asdf on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 03:16:30 AM EST
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