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Chicago/Princeton/Harvard Economics Smart (Professor Edward Glaeser), but with an Unfortunately Large Blind Spot

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A recent comment on this post (not actually on the main subject matter, but nevertheless…) got me looking at it again.  Now I have a temporary problem, called one post, and 16,000 words.

About a year and a half ago (as of this 2014 update), in October, 2012, I wrote:

From Oxford to Harvard, to D.C. — Healing, Fueling, Feeding (and Vaccinating) the World

I’ve become more and more interested in corporate influence on government agencies, such as HHS and HUD (and DOJ) after coming to better understand the court system, and the nonprofit factors.  You can only look at things for so long before the lights start to go on, with or without university exposure and indoctrination in how to.  The difference between doing this individually and the university experience is, obviously, connections, associations, and the dynamic of group momentum which comes from simply rubbing shoulders with leadership.

On the other hand, we now have a problem where leadereship isn’t very interested in rubbing shoulders with followers.  I’m wondering at what point did the concept of participatory and representative government take an exit stage-left?  That answer may be never found precisely — but I WILL say it was many decades ago and that it was, sheds light on whether we should lock-step (with occasional and periodic “Disruptive innovations”) continue marching towards the future unaware of whether its values systems are leading away from or towards things, historically, we are supposed to consider unethical and bad:  Slavery, #1, and Genocide, #2.

Essentially I am talking back to the habit of hero worship of capitalist adventures (such as cities represent) and the Harvard Global Model of Governance (Harvard has of course Oxford Connections, and both institutions tend to mirror each others practices, as well as share professors and personnel). I also have a lot to say bout the concept of “Innovations” when it displays itself in innovative justice programs whose backers just happen to be some of THE major foundations influencing American government today. I want people to consider (REconsider) just how DID the federal government become so powerful, and at what point did we consent to becoming its resource, and not it, individual state’s servant, with citizens/residents of those states being able to actually deal with their state-jurisdiction political leaders and expect to be heard past the many public/private innovation, real estate development, court-transformation, and elite university think-tank models of ….how the world should be?

At any rate, this got out of hand, turning a July 2013 post into a March 2014 monstrosity which, however, does have the material for a new post along my current lines of understanding.

I haven’t had success at turning published posts back into “Draft” so (embarrassing as it is), this is now a post in transition, whose middle needs to be extracted and turned into a new post.  However, if you’re still up for it, the material is good, and good to know about.

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