Pundita on the Kargil Morality Tale, told in soup

Pundita was kind enough to give me a personal
shout-out in her poignant, first-person parable about shepherding Americans in
Kargil — as a metaphor for the central truth that foreign policy systematically
overlooks
:

Dr.
Ernie, I hope you see this essay. The ultimate point I make is that
it’s just a bunch of
people
, whether they reside on
the other side of the globe or right here in the USA. To never lose sight of
that fact is to always have a bridge that is much stronger than academic
analysis and policy and development language.

We might not always be
‘right’ in how we try to deal with the problems of the developing world, but the
bridge allows us to keep refining communications.

So it is for dealing
with misunderstandings that arise between neighbors, co-workers and family
members, and so it is for “foreign” relations and development strategies.

I’m
not saying a couple master chefs can’t do wonders with a few kerosene stoves and
cooking pots, but the other Westerners at the table were lulled by their
expectations into assuming that the kitchen staff and accouterments matched the
menu offerings.

That,
in one sentence, is the type of mistake behind much that goes wrong with US
policy toward governments in less-developed countries. Such governments have
learned to project the trappings of modernized administration but are in truth a
long way from modern and informed.


Pundita’s response to Sach’s “Global War on Poverty”

Foreign-policy blogger Pundita graciously took
the time to summarize her perspective on Jeffrey Sach’s proposed solution to global poverty. Read the rest of this entry »


How to help the Working Poor

Hat tip to Our Friend Andy: The Brookings
Institution has a fascinating presentation that appears to argue that the best
way to help the working poor — beyond creating
accessible, high-value jobs — is to lower their artificially high cost of
living (due to perceived risk, market abuses, and poor
information).

Shortening the “Long Tail” of politics

The Long Tail is a much-discussed phenomena in
marketing and technology circles; one example is how Amazon makes more money on the million non-best-sellers
its able to carry than it does on the top 100,000 you’d find at a corner
bookstore. To put it actionably, rather than merely trying to monetize the most
popular items, create an infrastructure that allows you to cost-effectively
monetize the entire “tail” of the
distribution.

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Billy Rojas’ Radical Centrist Manifesto, Part I

The prolific Billy Rojas has just posted another
impressive article, on the detailed philosophical and historical basis of
Radical Centrism:
The Radical Centrist
Manifesto

A PLATFORM
for CRITICAL-MINDED MORAL POLITICS

By :
Billy Rojas

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Radical Middle Psychology

Hat tip to Yellow Line. Mark Satin recently posted another of his comprehensive analyses of radical middle trends, this time about psychology:

Like radical middle politics, radical middle psychology is pragmatic and ethical and conducive to personal growth. It is tailor-made for those of us who are committed to being fully present for each other while doing great things in this world.

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Radical Centrist Philosophy ? In Quotes!

Billy’s on a roll! He just posted a(nother) very
impressive two-part series outlining the basis of a Radical Centrist philosophy.
The first part is primarily a collection of fascinating quotes from
classical, modern, and current thinkers (including yours truly :-). The second
is what I might call an early historical analysis of the emergence of radical
centrism
.

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