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George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” The Relevance of Reflexivity

August 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” The Relevance of Reflexivity

My critique of Soros’s ideas on reflexivity in my two previous blogs on this subject, and my distinction between sequential and simultaneous reflexivity, was in no way a criticism of his application of the notion of reflexivity to various public issues in his Open Society, The Age of Fallibility, and The Crash of 2008. In […]

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George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Sequential and Simultaneous Reflexivity

July 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In this blog I continue my discussion of reflexivity by clarifying the differences between sequential and simultaneous reflexivity. If reflexivity is sequential, then the effects of our actions on the world and on our thinking at a later time, that is, “the interference” is sequential. Specifically, we cognize and come to an understanding of situation […]

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George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Defining Reflexivity

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the concepts George Soros emphasizes the most is “reflexivity.” Here’s his presentation of the idea from The Age of Fallibility (pp. 6-7). ”On the one hand, we seek to understand our situation. I call this the cognitive function. On the other hand, we seek to make an impact on the world. I call […]

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George Soros’s “New Paradigm:” Fallibility

July 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

George Soros has written a number of very interesting and influential books over the past 20 years including, among others: The Alchemy of Finance, Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, The Age of Fallibility, and The Crash of 2008 and What It Means. All of these present and apply a conceptual framework he has worked with […]

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The Threat to Open Society and the Interactive Voter Choice System

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Threat to Open Society and the Interactive Voter Choice System

The Problem The biggest problem for Americans in our time is the increasingly dangerous threat to open society posed by the trend toward plutocracy and its effects on the political system. George Soros described the antecedents of these threats in The Age of Fallibility (pp. 100-101): “Gradually, the methods developed for commercial purposes found a […]

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The Happy Dance of Richard Kirsch

August 11th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Happy Dance of Richard Kirsch

Every once in a while, Richard Kirsch, does a “happy dance” article celebrating his own Health Care for America Now campaign for health care reform, whose outcome of course was the wonderful bill legislated by the Congress last Spring. Kirsch, who is now a Senior Fellow at The Roosevelt Institute, posted his latest happy dance […]

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A Fiscal Sustainability “Teach-in” Counter-Conference?

April 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Fiscal Sustainability “Teach-in” Counter-Conference?

On April 28, 2010, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is sponsoring a “Fiscal Summit” in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Conference, which is scheduled for the day after the first meeting of the President’s recently constituted National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (btw, where the Conference is happening is a mystery not cleared […]

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Censorship at the WonkRoom?

February 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Censorship at the WonkRoom?

Lambert, DC Blogger and various commenters at Correntewire report an observed problem at The Wonk Room. Experience, tests, and screen shots indicate that the Wonk Room site is rejecting links to the PNHP and Health Care-Now web sites. Both sites advocate for enhanced Medicare for All, while the WonkRoom and its parent organization the Center […]

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What Might Have Been; What Still Might Be

November 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Many progressives, even though they’ve been working for a PO-based health care reform bill, have 1) never given up Medicare for All as the goal of their activity, and 2) decided, in the first quarter of 2009, that Medicare for All could not pass the new Congress. They then reacted to their realization by concluding […]

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Reflexivity and the Politics of Health Insurance Reform

August 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The politics of health insurance reform is a great example of reflexivity. Reflexivity is the idea that acceptance and assertion of our beliefs about reality, has an effect on how we act, which, in turn, has an effect on reality, and to some extent creates it; and, equally, reality influences what we think about it […]

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