I haven’t done one of these in a while. My goal is to keep it to a 4 minute Medium read at maximum, so it may not be as comprehensive as my previous rundowns.

To start, what is trickle down? The essence seems to be that we sacrifice emphasis on distributing the metaphorical pie in favor of focusing more on growing the metaphorical pie. A rising tide lifts all boats. (It’s a red flag when real life issues are immediately abstracted into multiple metaphors.)

Dotted=Inverse Relationship

I think this is a fairly uncritical representation of the trickle down worldview. …


Hulu’s 2020 Documentary

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In my last post I talked about what it looks like when someone doesn’t give in to Climate Cope using Greta Thunberg as an example. I recently watched the “I Am Greta” documentary on Hulu and had a lot to say about it which I’ll try to summarize here.

It sounds strange, but this movie isn’t really about climate change. It is really about Greta Thunberg as a person, and her political movement. I don’t mind at all, because climate change information isn’t particularly hard to come by. Greta herself is more of a mystery.

Criticism of Greta and her…


Six Major Archetypes Reviewed

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I am endlessly fascinated by how we rationalize away our impending societal disruption. I want to see if I could categorize the different ways to compartmentalize climate change effectively enough to maintain sanity. It is my belief that I can fit 99% of people into these 6 categories. Overlap is possible.

Ratings are from 0–5 stars and are not based on intellectual legitimacy or efficacy. It’s just based on how interesting or creative I think they are.

1. The Denialist (Yes it’s a word.) — ⭐_ _ _ _


Two Reinforcing Feedback Loops

The obvious reason is that the more a virus spreads, the more it… spreads. A virus is harder to contain when there are more people in more places who have it. On the other hand, countries that were able to contain the virus early on, are more likely to keep it that way. I want to explore a few potential feedback loops that explain why.

First take the perspective of a competent state.

Dotted Lines = Inverse Relationship

First off, a competent state would directly limit/reduce disease spread thanks to fast and accurate testing, tracing infrastructure, mask/PPE availability, etc. So more state competence directly leads to less disease spread.

High state competence, and…


Pradeep Taneja

Part 2 Available Here

Deng Xiaoping meets with Margaret Thatcher

Rural Economic Reform

Deng was branded as a ‘capitalist roader’ as he supported some level of market forces in China’s economy.

Hua Guofeng wanted to import technology on an unprecedented scale with emphasis on heavy industry over light industry & agriculture in an ambitious (unrealistic) modernization plan. Deng sought a more balanced form of development.

Deng’s advisors supported two changes to the economy. More decision making by producers, and introducing markets to varying extents.

Background

1949–1952: Post revolutionary land reform followed by an agricultural collectivization project.

This process of collectivization became rushed and was declared completed in 1957 years ahead…


Graham Young

Part One available here.

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This summary is split up by author. This section includes the chapters written by Graham Young.

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

“In contrast to the collapse of regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, China under Deng has remained one of the few state-socialist political systems.”

The two main goals of political reform were to reduce state intrusion into social activity, and to facilitate economic reform.

China wasn’t sure who to draw positive lessons from, liberal democracy of the west, authoritarian capitalism of S. Korea & Singapore, or the Soviet Union. …


By Colin Mackerras

1949–1978 Historical Background

The CPC came about after “a century or so of turbulence, civil war, and foreign occupation.” The CPC succeeded in redistributing hoarded wealth, improving the status of women and minorities, but not without violence especially surrounding land reform. It did so with the support of the Soviet Union and the “implacable opposition” of the US and its allies.

Mao was fixated on “changing the nature of the Chinese people altogether” to make them more cooperative, less individualistic. “Serve the People.”


I’ve been interested in learning about China’s government and economic policy for a while. Its development over the past 40 years has been historic, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus as to why. China can be a somewhat difficult subject to learn about. Online discourse is a healthy combination of shallow and toxic. There is an abundance of contradictory information from sources that are motivated to the point of disqualification. Since this is a topic I have limited information on I need a neutral foundation of the basics.

In the year 2020, China is threatening to overtake the…


By Robert Paxton

I read this a while ago, maybe even before I started this blog. It doesn’t fit squarely in the theme of my blog, but I think the content is important enough to post anyway. In fact there is some discussion albeit brief of the Nazi economy.

Information is organized more by category than by chronological order. I am not including any commentary outside of adding a few extra sources that I feel bolster the information.

Goodreads

Basics:

Fascism is complex. Mussolini originally coined the term “fascismo.”

It was a revolution of a kind never seen before, without underlying ideas, against ideas.

Mussolini…


“All my conclusions are tentative and fragile by their very nature.”

Diagnosis:

The significant reduction of inequality that took place in the mid-twentieth century was made possible by the construction of a social state based on relative educational equality and a number of radical innovations, such as co-management in the Germanic and Nordic countries and progressive taxation in the United States and United Kingdom. The conservative revolution of the 1980s and the fall of communism interrupted this movement; the world entered a new era of self-regulated markets and quasi-sacralization of property… People have once again begun thinking about a new, more…

EconSystems Thinking

Political Economic Commentary & Analysis.

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