California: An Island Of Islands

California: An Island of Islands

Thanks to Adolpho Rene Morales BoomCalifornia tells the tale of a cartographic blunder that originally rendered California as an island. While it took over two centuries to fix the error, the idea of California as an island seems to have lived on in the imagination and firmly taken hold in…

The Good Kind Of Nationalism

The Good Kind of Nationalism

Thanks to Sven Arne Serrano Benedict Anderson was a political scientist who conceived of ‘Imagined Communities’ as a way of analyzing nationalism. He believed that nations are socially constructed; that even though most members of a nation will never know each other, their similar interests and ideals hold them together…

California Vs The American Oligarchy

California vs the American Oligarchy

Thomas Piketty et al., expand on their earlier work showing how the US is entering a new gilded age. The main points are: The bottom half of the country has been shut out from income growth for 40 years. Government spending has helped lift lower incomes, but only a little.…

The Fading American Dream

The Fading American Dream

In the last half century, children's prospects of doing better than their parents has decreased by almost half, from 90% to 50%. The decrease is due much less to the decrease in GDP than it is to the unequal distribution of wealth during that time. If the growth in the…