April 11, 2022

I started a new blog

In a hurry to write about the Russia-Ukraine War, I started a new blog using Substack technology, rather than trying to quickly update the mobile and email UIs on the blogs I already have. It’s called Implicit Games, and generally is meant to cover the application of game theoretic thinking to real life.

March 28, 2022

How to arm Ukraine without starting World War 3

When it comes to fears of catastrophic escalation or stumbling into World War 3, I claim:

Primary targets for such messaging are Russians other than Vladimir Putin, for Putin can’t start a nuclear war unless other Russians are willing to help.

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December 17, 2020

Election 2020: Expectations vs. reality

Presidential election years sometimes feature major news shocks, such as the 2008 financial crisis or the 1979-80 Iranian hostage mess. But 2020’s turmoil exceeds any since at least 1968. Even so, some generalities about the elections held up well, including:

Many specifics, however, could not have been predicted, without foreknowledge of the events on which they were based. In particular: Read more

October 21, 2020

Open letter: In 2020, please vote a straight Democratic ticket

Please share this with anybody who might find it interesting.

Americans of different policy preferences are united in realizing: Trump must go. His dishonesty, incompetence and meanness make him unfit to lead any country. His contempt for limits on his power make him especially unfit for America.

But ousting Trump is not enough; Republican policies and legislators must go too. It’s not just that Republicans have enabled Trump for too long, or that they echo some of his vices, such as science denial, voter suppression, or general corruption. Beyond all that, REPUBLICANS ARE BAD FOR THE ECONOMY. I know it’s common to assume otherwise – but any such assumption is 30+ years out of date. Read more

October 15, 2020

Much of the electorate is still undecided (about whether to vote at all)

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As always, a HUGE fraction of the electorate remains undecided.

But the rest – tens of millions of voters and tens of percent of the electorate – are undecided as to whether they will vote at all.

Election 2020 isn’t even close to being decided or over!!! Keep campaigning!! Keep campaigning as hard as you can!!!

One way is to spread the following message, and encourage other people to spread it further:

Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans, at the Presidential and Congressional levels alike. They’ve been better for 30+ years, they’re better now, and they’ll be better in the decade ahead.

I’ve posted two versions of the argument accordingly:

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October 15, 2020

Why Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans

This discussion is posted in two versions:

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Donald Trump and his supporters must be swept from office, for countless reasons, many of which have been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. In broadest terms, these include:

Much in our country needs healing and repair.

Many Americans agree, and favor Democratic candidates, for their intent to govern with decency, empathy, and reliance upon established facts. And so Democrats expect success in the election now underway. Even so, one major Democrat/Republican comparison may still be worth spelling out.

In a nutshell, Democrats are much better and safer for the economy than Republicans, especially but not only in the growth industries that provide so much of our wealth, exports, and favorable career opportunities. Republican propaganda often claims the contrary. But the pro-Democratic view is supported by all of:

Let’s drill down.

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October 15, 2020

Democrats are much better for the economy than Republicans, and this is unlikely to soon change

This discussion is posted in two versions:

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For 30 years, Republicans have been bad for the economy.

And of course we’re in economic catastrophe now.

Not coincidentally, standard Republican claims have not held true.

Most fundamentally, Republicans wrongly claim that “making more money available for investment” does in fact cause significantly more investment. (This is how they justify tax cuts for corporations, tax cuts for rich people, removal of regulations, and the like.) But in reality, if that was ever true, it’s been false for decades. Read more

December 13, 2019

Election 2020 – party vs. party, all hands on deck

I am one of Donald Trump’s top non-fans. I’ve considered him a despicable crook (and bad businessman) since at least 1990. More drastically, as the child of Nazi refugees, I hate nativist wannabe dictators. Never, in my opinion, has there been a more important electoral task than getting rid of Donald Trump. Indeed, nothing else in US history has even come close. The survival of our free country is at stake.

Even so, I view the upcoming 2020 election as Democrats-vs.-Republicans at its core, rather than Trump-specific. Reasons for that viewpoint start:  Read more

December 13, 2019

The other side is crazy, and wants to steal your freedoms

I click on a lot of Republican Facebook ads, browse the occasional conservative political forum, and read what Republicans say in the news. A huge amount of the Republican messaging I see boils down to one or both of:

But you know what? Democrats use those same themes, and should use them even more. Read more

December 11, 2019

Republicans are extremists, and should be labeled as such

Republican and other US conservative political messaging is relentlessly negative.

And the Trump era has taken this to a new level of screeching. The “fake news” press are “enemies of the people”. Patriotic bureaucrats are a “deep state” “swamp”. Impeachment is a freedom-destroying “coup”. Anybody who opposes Trump should be locked up for treason. Above all, Democrats are nuts and want to take your freedoms away.

Democrats can use negative messaging too. But they face obstacles, including: Read more

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