Tag Archives: New Federalism

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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The Way Forward

In their groundbreaking essay, The Death of Environmentalism (2004), Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger called for an end to enviro-scare tactics and the beginning of a positive vision of a low carbon energy future. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have … Continue reading

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Bear Flag Revolt

Gov. Schwarzenegger will sign the California budget today after an 85 day stalemate brought about by the truculent blackmail of a minority Republican cabal. California state law requires a 2/3rds majority to pass the state budget. There is a growing … Continue reading

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Negative Feedback Loops

As any reader of this blog knows, I am a fan of charts. I find they reveal truth in an instant. This chart is one of the scarier forecasters of just how severe the global economic slowdown is becoming. It … Continue reading

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10,000 Mile Supply Chain

Eighteen months ago, I gave a lecture at USC about The New Federalism, in which I made the outrageous claim that within five years WalMart’s sourcing model would collapse. The cost of bringing cheap goods from China with $100 per … Continue reading

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Cooperative Farming

It has been my contention that out of the coming economic chaos, innovative strategies would emerge that would allow us to build a sustainable new kind of localized economic infrastructure, more appropriate for a world of $6 gas. Meet Tim … Continue reading

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America's Religous Tolerance

A new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life debunks the classic meme of intolerant religious believers. For example, 70 percent of Americans affiliated with a religion or denomination said they agreed that “many religions can lead … Continue reading

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Future Train

The New York Times reported this morning that the oil price spike is creating a major boost for passenger rail traffic in the U.S. But unlike Europe and Asia, we have made no investment in High speed rail transportation. Amtrak … Continue reading

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Rebuilding America

For those of you who are new to this conversation, the issue of a bottom-up, decentralized rebuilding of America has been a regular issue. We are calling it The New Federalism and you can catch up by entering that phrase … Continue reading

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A New Federalist Budget

The first task if we are to construct an alternative solution to our political gridlock is to understand what responsibilities of the Federal Government could be returned to the states. For those of you who are new to this debate, an early … Continue reading

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