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  • Ayn Rand: The Banality of Greed

    Ayn Rand: The Banality of Greed

    • November 11, 2011

    People in our apartment building don’t have to guess the shape of my and my wife’s politics. A weathered NO WAR sign stands in front of our doorway and on one wall there’s a flag with an image of planet Earth, taken from space, on a blue field that’s hung there since 9/11. Hard to

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  • How the 1% Thinks

    How the 1% Thinks

    • November 11, 2011

    One of my weekend pleasures is a morning with the Sunday New York Times.  I used to feel reading it was disloyal to my hometown, Los Angeles.  But as the L.A. Times dramatically shrank and its reporting  focus narrowed, I found that there was a lot of news I ended up knowing nothing about.  The

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  • L.A.’s Business Tax: That Voodoo That You Do

    L.A.’s Business Tax: That Voodoo That You Do

    • November 9, 2011

    I’m not in the habit of critiquing economic analytical methods in obscure reports—really, I’m not—but there’s something about this one that grates. City Hall’s bending over backward to pander (or at least, they were) to the Occupy L.A. people outside its door, and at the same time considering a tax break that will potentially further

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  • The Long Goodbye: Why I’m Stepping Down But Not Going Away

    The Long Goodbye: Why I’m Stepping Down But Not Going Away

    • November 8, 2011

    A lot of people are talking about leadership these days.  Different types of leaders. The need for visionary leadership. The excitement around new young leadership and ideas about when leadership begins. In my case, I’ve been thinking about how to recruit and develop new leaders for over 30 years, even when I was a new leader.

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  • Jobs Search: From the Streets to Congress — and Back

    Jobs Search: From the Streets to Congress — and Back

    • November 7, 2011

    We all know that there’s a massive jobs crisis in our country, but there’s a real debate about how to address it. In Washington, many supposedly serious people suggest that we can create jobs through cutting taxes for corporations, dismantling what’s left of the safety net and rolling back regulations to 2008 standards — not exactly

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