Category Archives: New Federalism

A New Civil War?

Andrew O’Hehir’s latest essay in Slate is pretty damn provocative. It’s titled Welcome to the New Civil War and it pulls no punches. So even though it’s a truism of American public discourse that the Civil War never ended, it’s also … Continue reading

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Hedgehog and the Fox

Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote a wonderful little book called The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History. Here is a quick version of Berlin’s thesis. ‘A fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big … Continue reading

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Deja Vu all over again

I must admit that I am increasingly confident that Barak Obama will have a second term. The new poll from CBS/New York Times indicates as I have suggested before that Obama is in good shape. Showing steady improvement since early … Continue reading

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Four Years is a Lifetime

The first post of this blog was exactly four years ago. It’s been a long strange journey and yet I’m struck by how much I feel the same mixture of hope and foreboding. As to hope, I am still struck by … Continue reading

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New Federalism Revisited

I run an Innovation Lab at USC. It is supported by some of the most innovative companies in the world. I can tell you one thing with certainty—the truly innovative companies have learned to devolve power and flatten organization structures. … Continue reading

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Savage Capital II

This morning it is deja vu all over again. In March of 2008, after having warned my readers for three months that a crash was coming, I wrote a piece about what I called Savage Capitalism. The short selling sharks … Continue reading

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Why Now?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Brave New World, Redux

After Thursday’s stock market crash, we find ourselves staring into the abyss of a potential double-dip recession. Republican’s, having ignored the history lesson of the business lobby 1937 Austerity Push, which managed to push America back into depression, seem to … Continue reading

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A Grand Theory of Our Present Dilemma

For the last month, I have been gripped by the gnawing sensation that all of the conventional wisdom about our current economic crisis is wrong. I think we are facing a crisis of capitalism, not just a periodic bout of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Interregnum

“The old is dying and the new cannot be born.  In this interregnum there arises a great diversity of morbid symptoms.”-Gramsci “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them.”-Obama It is all well and … Continue reading

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