Highlights, and Just the Highlights: for those who only want to read the things that I have written that I believe are especially memorable...
Economics 24-1: The Financial Crisis and the Little Depression of 2007-2012: Fall 2011 U.C. Berkeley Freshman Seminar:/h3>
What Is Happening Across the Wide Missouri?: From DeKalb County Illinois south to St. Louis and over to Wichita, my ancestors moved to the Mississippi-Missouri Valley in the nineteenth century to build their civilization.
What has happened to the civilization that they--Judge James DeLong, Florence Richardson, Roland Usher, Grizzela Parkinson, an all the rest--built here?
BETA Equitablog Soft Launch:
The conversation--even the high-technocratic conversation--spends much-too-much time chasing rabbits flushed by the Pete Peterson Foundation (on the necessity for entitlement cuts), the Wall Street Journal editorial page (on the overwhelming need for low taxes on the rich), the John M. Olin Foundation (on how the New Deal erred in thinking that positive liberty is a thing), and so forth.
This is not the conversation our public sphere should be having.
So let us drive the conversation to what it should be about--equitable growth.
So: Suggestions as to what to cover? Recommendations as to how to cover it? Volunteers to cover it?
Noted: Things worth noting. Unfortunately, these are also things not commented upon. Ars longa, vita brevis, you know...
Econ 2: Spring 2014: Brad DeLong's One-Semester Go-Faster Do-More Principles of Economics Course:
Over at Equitable Growth'sEquitablog I am starting a hopefully-weekly feature I am going to call: "The Honest Broker". The point of it is to, once a week, give people a 3000-or-so-word introduction and assessment that will bring them up to speed on some particular issue of importance to equitable growth.
This will be in large part the point of the Equitablog weblogging exercise: we want to play our position, and help focus the attention of the public sphere on the issues that are truly important, rather than joining the webloggy equivalent of the 20 six-year-olds in a mass around the soccer ball who have forgotten which goal is there's and are kicking randomly.
And putting out, once a week or so, an introduction-and-assessment of an issue area seems a good way to do that.
In a year we will have 52 slots. That should be enough to cover great deal of the issues relevant to equitable growth--to the seamless web of advancing material well-being, in its components of accumulation and investment (of factors, ideas, and institutions), production (providing incentives to use accumulated and invested resources to produce stuff, producing stuff in the right proportions, and ensuring demand is there to get the produced stuff bought), distribution (plus its feedbacks onto production and accumulation and investment), and implementation.
Plus dialogue: this will work only if we get the dialogue going...