Stone Pigs

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Bush Had the Right Approach

Alan Partis | January 30, 2009

In a time of clear and obvious crisis, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the attempted attack on another Washington target, President Bush presented a message of hope and optimism to the American public.  His message was unifying and reassuring to the population.  It was a great message that [...]

Pennies from Heaven

Alan Partis | January 28, 2009

With great fanfare, President Obama had tonight what was described by the Associated Press as a political ‘win’ in the form of House passage of an $819 billion economic ‘stimulus’ package.  Wow!  That’s some package!  Might even be bigger than Al Gore’s legendary package.  Oooh, I’m feeling very stimulated just now.  Please excuse me for [...]

Fascism is Alive and Well

Alan Partis | January 24, 2009

Crisis is routinely identified as a core mechanism of fascism because it short-circuits debate and democratic deliberation.

Housing Doesn’t Need Fixing

Alan Partis | November 13, 2008

It seems to me that housing would very quickly fix itself if the market were just allowed to take its natural course: homeowners default on mortgages, get foreclosed, banks sell asset at a loss to investors, who turn around and rent the house (possibly even back to the original resident).

Is Gas Priced Right?

Alan Partis | November 7, 2008

When we saw oil price increases of $5 in a single day, that wasn’t due to supply/demand — that’s speculation and/or political hysteria.