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J. Bradford DeLong
Berkeley, CA
J. Bradford DeLong is an economist teaching at the University of California at Berkeley.
Interests: history, economic history, information age, political economy, grand strategy, international relations, material culture., information technology, economics
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**Should-Read: Andrew Neather**: _[Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve by Ian Morris][]_: "Ian Morris... argues that key societal values... [Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve by Ian Morris]: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/foragers-farmers-and-fossil-fuels-how-human-values-evolve-by-ian-morris-review-energy-key-to-our-10267909.html >...are directly related to the way we answer our most basic practical need: energy. Foraging... Continue reading
**Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Jonathan Chait**: _[Mitch McConnell’s Trumpcare Plan Is to Lose Fast][]_: "Mitch McConnell has laid out a wildly aggressive time frame... [Mitch McConnell’s Trumpcare Plan Is to Lose Fast]: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/mitch-mcconnells-trumpcare-plan-is-to-lose-fast.html >...His chamber would essentially xerox the House bill and pass it into law within a... Continue reading
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With 2017Q1 real GDP growth currently forecast at a 1.2% annual rate—down from 2.7% expected last December—it is worth pausing to remember that if that number comes true: * 4Q real GDP growth is: 2.0%/year * 8Q real GDP growth is: 1.9%/year *Maybe* this is an economy in which slow... Continue reading
**Should-Read: Robert Farley**: _[Trump Apology Tour][]_: "Steven Swinford: 'The US has made a formal apology to Britain... [Trump Apology Tour]: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/03/trump-apology-tour >...after the White House accused GCHQ of helping Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump in the White House. Sean Spicer, Mr Trump’s press secretary, repeated a claim on Thursday... Continue reading
**Should-Read: Larry Summers**: _[The Best Books on Globalization][]_: "[The Economic Consequences of the Peace][] by John Maynard Keynes... [The Best Books on Globalization]: http://fivebooks.com/interview/larry-summers-globalization/ [The Economic Consequences of the Peace]: http://amzn.to/2n4P5Gk [Manias, Panics, and Crashes]: http://amzn.to/2mMK1F0 [Globalization and Its Discontents]: http://amzn.to/2n4L3hb [Why Globalization Works]: http://amzn.to/2njKrqa [The Great Convergence]: http://amzn.to/2njWqUX >...[Manias,... Continue reading
**Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Ed Luce**: _[FBI and NSA chiefs give Trump his worst day yet][]_: "Clash with intelligence community heads for point of no return... [FBI and NSA chiefs give Trump his worst day yet]: https://www.ft.com/content/79496bcc-0daf-11e7-b030-768954394623 >...Virtually every day since Donald Trump took office has yielded a... Continue reading
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**Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must- and Should-Reads:** * **Nicholas Bagley**: _[The GOP Obamacare replacement would help the rich, hurt the poor and unleash chaos][]_: "Republicans have finally released their long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act... * **Anton Howes**: _[Inducing Ideas for Industrialisation][]_: "Perhaps the most popular modern theory of... Continue reading
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_[Ian Morris: Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future][]_ Supplementary: * Ian Morris: *Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve* * Ken Pomeranz: "How Big Should Historians Think?" * Ken Pomeranz: "Beyond the East-West Binary: Restating Development Paths in... Continue reading
**Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Duncan Blck**: _[Crass Trump][]_: "If he didn't have the manners and style... >... What [would] elite centrist pundits... find objectionable... except maybe the foreign policy stuff?... It's good that we're starting to discover that taking away health insurance from people isn't very nice, but... Continue reading
**Must-Read: Bob Christie**: _[380,000 Arizonans May Lose Medicaid][]_: "The report looks at the patients who gained coverage under a Medicaid expansion pushed through in 2013 by former Gov. Jan Brewer... [380,000 Arizonans May Lose Medicaid]: http://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article139276663.html >...Brewer said in an interview earlier this week that "it weighs heavy on my... Continue reading
**Should-Read: Nancy LeTorneau**: _[There Is No Grand Strategy to Repeal Obamacare][]_: "The Congressional Budget Office... released their report.... What we’ve seen from conservatives/Republicans/the White House since then... [There Is No Grand Strategy to Repeal Obamacare]: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/03/14/there-is-no-grand-strategy-to-repeal-obamacare/ >...If anyone can see a grand strategy here, I’d like to hear about it:... Continue reading
**Should-Read: Anton Howes**: _[Inducing Ideas for Industrialisation][]_: "Perhaps the most popular modern theory of the causes of the Industrial Revolution is Robert C. Allen’s “Induced Innovation”... [Inducing Ideas for Industrialisation]: http://antonhowes.tumblr.com/post/107971837365/inducing-ideas-for-industrialisation >...as outlined in his 2009 book _The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective_. The argument is straightforward, but compelling:... Continue reading
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**2014**: _[On Nicholas Lemann's Partial Recantation of His "Neoliberalism"][]_: On the career of the _Washington Monthly_: Nicholas Lemann: A bygone age…: [On Nicholas Lemann's Partial Recantation of His "Neoliberalism"]: http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2014/03/on-nicholas-lemanns-partial-recantation-of-his-neoliberalism-thursday-focus-march-13-2014.html >In... 1976... our mission was to help [Jimmy] Carter make liberalism, the country’s reigning creed, function better. Our name for... Continue reading
**Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Erik Loomis**: _[Dumbasses of America][]_: "The genre of 'let’s talk to idiotic white voters who support Trump even though he will decimate their lives' is already more stale than bread baked on November 8... >...However, it does lead to the occasional special anecdote that... Continue reading
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**(2007)**: [Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed": Hoisted from the Archives](http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2007/03/barbara_ehrenre.html): "I did not even loathe _[Nickel and Dimed][]_ because of the strong pains Barbara Ehrenreich took in her prose to demonstrate that she was not one of "them"... [Nickel and Dimed]: http://amzn.to/2mGv7QH * The talk of the $30 lunch at... Continue reading
**Must-Read**: Time for every state to neutralize all policies of the Trump administration. States that do not are being really stupid: **Nicholas Bagley**: _[The GOP Obamacare replacement would help the rich, hurt the poor and unleash chaos][]_: "Republicans have finally released their long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act... [The... Continue reading
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**Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must- and Should-Reads:** * **Ezra Klein**:_[Does Donald Trump Know What the GOP Health Bill Does?][]_: "With the help of Vox’s Jacob Gardenswartz, I collected and read absolutely everything Donald Trump has said publicly about the AHCA... * **David Dayen:** "Brad DeLong is wondering what happened to... Continue reading
Romanticize? Joe Bailey was a racist, a neo-confederate, a populist, and a strong believer that economic royalists were using racial animosity to pick the pockets of the people of the South, in the process impoverishing it...
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## **Must-Reads:** * **Kevin Drum**: _[Trump OMB Director Claims Obama "Manipulated" the Unemployment Figures][]_: "Along comes OMB Director Mick Mulvaney... * **CBO**: _[American Health Care Act][]_: "CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law... * **Mark Thoma... Continue reading
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**Weekend Reading: Erik Loomis**: _[The CIO, Race, and Liberalism][]_: "Yeselson has an excellent long-form review... >...of two new books on the CIO, race, and New Deal liberalism that look flawed but necessary anyway. You will want to read the whole thing if you care about the issues of the working-class,... Continue reading
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**@Baratunde: Live from the Sidwell Friends School Alumni Network**: _[Comedy and Conversation with Baratunde Thurston][]_: "March 24, 2017, 7:30 pm, Brava Theater Center... [Comedy and Conversation with Baratunde Thurston]: http://www.ciis.edu/public-programs-and-performances/public-programs-event-calendar/thurston-baratunde-sp17 [How to Be Black]: http://amzn.to/2mFQS2N >...2789 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. Tickets $25-$40. If you think you haven't seen... Continue reading
**Should-Read: Kevin Drum**: _[Here's Why CBO Projects 10% Lower Premiums Under the Republican Health Care Bill][]_: "One of the surprising things about the CBO score of... the Republican health care bill... [Here's Why CBO Projects 10% Lower Premiums Under the Republican Health Care Bill]: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/03/heres-why-cbo-projects-10-lower-premiums-under-republican-health-care-bill >is... that premiums will fall... Continue reading
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**Weekend Reading: Bill Moyers**: _[What a Real President Is Like][]_: "WHILE Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of time and place, he felt the bitter paradox of both... >...I was a young man on his staff in 1960 when he gave me a vivid account of that southern schizophrenia he... Continue reading
**Must-Read:** What is the rule of law here? What should courts do when the President announces that he will not take care that the laws be faithfully executed? When a president announces that his policies will violate the Establishment clause, should courts let him proceed and so ignore the question... Continue reading
**Live from the Orange-Haired Baboon Cage: Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic**: _[The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath][]_: "There’s quite a lot going here... [The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath]: https://www.lawfareblog.com/revolt-judges-what-happens-when-judiciary-doesnt-trust-presidents-oath >...There’s a... Continue reading