Category Archives: Coercive aggregation

Newt goes to China

Newt Gingrich, speaking to students at Harvard in November 2011: “You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine,” Mr. Gingrich said. “You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is … Continue reading

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A dispatch from the private health insurance market

Since most people in the US with insurance are covered under group plans and have absolutely no idea how bad the individual market actually is, I thought I would offer a brief view since I’m dealing with it at the … Continue reading

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Private and competitive are two different things

The idea that private industry can do most everything better than government is rapidly approaching the level of conventional wisdom, and has produced a seemingly unstoppable wave of pressure to transfer structural functions of the government to the private sector. … Continue reading

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Organizations, tight couplings and crisis

In addition to being a not-so-thinly veiled comment on our current ruling class, the Perrow quote in the previous post introduces his concept of the organization as a tool. In Perrow’s view (which I share), organizations are a mechanism for … Continue reading

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Coercive aggregation vs. primitive accumulation

This post has been more challenging to write than I expected. Developing and articulating even a minimal framework – let alone doing it in a public forum – is an interesting process in its own right, but this is not … Continue reading

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Coercive aggregation and the poor

The mechanics of welfare delivery in the U.S. are arcane and opaque to those of us on the outside of the system. One of the major innovations in recent years has been the shift from physical food stamps to debit … Continue reading

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Markets and coercive aggregation

Daniel Little has yet another interesting post, this one on the topic of aggregation dynamics: The social world starts with social individuals. So how do we get more complex social outcomes out of the actions and thoughts of independent individuals? … Continue reading

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