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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: As a teenager (in the 1960s), I stumbled across the insight that real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. As a grad student, I belonged to an...  (More)

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Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 1 of 3)
Dec 3, 2013 2:56 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 7,575

"Watch what we do, not what we say" was famously said by John Mitchell, as then-President Nixon's Attorney General and political strategist. I was watching... More
Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals
Nov 10, 2013 3:43 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 8,194

Many assessments of why the debate on Measure D was so bitter and divisive incorrectly cast it as a series of individual, isolated mistakes. Instead much of it was... More
Can Palo Alto Afford the Vanity of its Ruling Elite? Part 1 of an infinite series: Intro and Fiber-to-the-Premises
Oct 31, 2013 12:54 am
Comments: 37 | Views: 8,831

"Ruling elite" in the title is meant to provoke thought about how far the priorities of the decision-makers diverge from those of the typical resident. One of the... More
Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise
Oct 11, 2013 1:15 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 2,880

This is not yet-another posting about how you should vote on Measure D. Instead, I will try to help undecided voters better understand the arguments being... More
Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate
Oct 7, 2013 11:43 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 2,810

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This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation... More
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