Gödel and Trump

I was struck some years ago when I read John Dawson’s biography of the towering logician Kurt Gödel, Logical Dilemmas, of the story of his ‘proof’ that the US could be turned ‘legally’ from a democracy into a dictatorship, and the anxiety of his friends Oskar Morgenstern and Albert Einstein that his eagerness to tell others … More Gödel and Trump

Trump’s Travel Ban: Dangerous Inflection Point

In the months before Donald Trump’s despicable executive order at least temporarily banning entrants to the United States from select majority Muslim countries and similarly placing a stop on all refugee admissions, among other measures, was promulgated, many commentators have attempted to find the words to capture the smallness of mind and of moral vision of the new … More Trump’s Travel Ban: Dangerous Inflection Point

‘Social Science’: Trumpism’s Collateral Damage

The shocking event that is the rise of trumpism has been by now analyzed widely. Most focus on the appeal of Donald Trump to those in the United States who for one another reason or another feel left behind, wish to retrieve an earlier, lost, social order, and rebuke establishment politicians who they feel do … More ‘Social Science’: Trumpism’s Collateral Damage

Is Modi’s move to scrap high-denomination notes more about politics than economics?

See here as well as below my piece on the Modi government’s move to scrap high-denomination currency notes in India: The Government of India’s decision to abolish high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 has been given two primary rationales. The first is to address a problem of counterfeiting, suggested to emanate from across the … More Is Modi’s move to scrap high-denomination notes more about politics than economics?

The New Secretary-General, and the Next: Reforming International Appointments

The announcement that the new Secretary-General of the United Nations will be Antonio Guterres of Portugal brings to an end a process of making this important appointment which has been more transparent than ever (as it included such innovations as a public debate between declared candidates). However, despite the credentials of the new Secretary-General and … More The New Secretary-General, and the Next: Reforming International Appointments