Daily Archives: October 11, 2008


Recession? Depression? How Deep, How Far and What Can Be Done?

Follow this link to an article on Alternet.com that is the most complete analysis of the current economic situation that I have read so far.

The article does not contradict anything I learned in my college economic classes over 40 years ago.  I’ll leave it up to my readers whose knowledge is more up-to-date than mine to comment on whether the ideas in the article are still appropriate.

I am a little disconcerted about the remarks on the death of free market capitalism.  These things tend to swing to the extremes.  Admittedly what has been allowed to happen in the last 30 years has gone to one extreme.  I hope that is not used to justify going to the opposite extreme.  I guess it is hard to stop a pendulum at exactly the bottom of its swing.

Let me put it into a more common framework than the electrical engineering one that I usually use. There are some car drivers known to be all accelerator or all brakes. The more efficient drivers know to use either pedal in moderation and to sometimes keep the foot off of either pedal. Not only is it more efficient, but it leads to a smoother ride for the passengers. (For my engineering oriented readers, all brakes or all accelerator would be the equivalent of a bang-bang control system.)

Again, thanks to GinnySL for sending me the above link to the article.

My post on Why Buy the Imitation is highly relevant to the contents of this post although you would never know it by the title.


Why Be Afraid of Barack Obama

Follow this link to a video of Jon Stewart’s montage of Fox News coverage of Barack Obama.

I know this is supposed to be a piece of humor, but there are some serious messages here.

If you watch Fox News as your main source of news, this video shows why you may be fearful of Barack Obama. If I actually believed what Fox was saying, I might be fearful too.  So now you can at least understand where people get their attitude even if you do not agree.

The other affect of this piece is to make me think about the news that I see and read. You always have to be on guard against being propagandized into believing foolish ideas. Perhaps the videos in my End Of America post are nothing more than the ravings of a left wing equivalent to Fox News.  That is why I cautioned taking a deep breath after viewing the videos.

I always believe that skepticism is a good trait to have.  It makes me uncomfortable when anyone appears not to have any skepticism about what they see or read from any source.