Author Archives: Barney Gilmore

Resisting the “Book Now” Bait

      Once upon a time the World Wide Web appeared to be a great gift to the common citizen. In those early days, Google was still committing minimal corporate evil. A Google web search would return all relevant … Continue reading

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Galbraith’s Economics of Innocent Fraud

A Synopsis of J. K. Galbraith’s final book: The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for our Time       Late in life, at the end of his long career as an economic advisor to governments, as a Professor of … Continue reading

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47: Retiree Sabbaticals

Chapter 47: Retiree Sabbaticals Kaslo, B.C.    Sunday October 11, 2015      While talking recently with an old friend I happened to mention that I had just returned from “a little getaway.” He immediately asked, “what did you get … Continue reading

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46: Past-Perfect

46: PAST-PERFECT      I used to believe that most older professionals had an inner curmudgeon, one that was just waiting to spring into life upon retirement. Of course, if that were true, it might not be particularly nice for … Continue reading

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Joseph Stiglitz (2012) The Price of Inequality

 A Synopsis of the book: The Price of Inequality (2012)  by Joseph Stiglitz       INCREASES IN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INSTABILITY:             THEIR LINKS TO INEQUALITY      In 1887 England’s Lord Acton wrote: “power tends to … Continue reading

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The Spirit Level and its Critics

 “THE SPIRIT LEVEL” AND ITS CRITICS    Extremes of financial inequality, their possible sources and their potential dangers, have lately become the focus of an increasing number of books and articles. This has been particularly true since the western financial … Continue reading

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Pleonexia and Human Nature

WHEN ENOUGH ISN’T ENOUGH: PLEONEXIA AND HUMAN NATURE   “Money is just a way of keeping score.” H.L. Hunt       Pleonexia is an ancient Greek word referring to a very old human problem. The word describes an obsessive desire … Continue reading

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Wilkinson & Pickett (2009) The Spirit Level

                    A Synopsis of the book:  The Spirit Level (2009)                           by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett INEQUALITY: THE PRIME SUSPECT … Continue reading

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McQuaig & Brooks (2010) The Trouble With Billionaires

A Synopsis of the book:  The Trouble With Billionaires by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks (2010) SOCIETIES IN AND OUT OF BALANCE: EFFECTIVE SHARING OF WEALTH AND POWER     A careful balance between private and public access to “property” … Continue reading

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L. Kohr (1957) The Breakdown of Nations

A Synopsis Of Leopold Kohr’s Book The Breakdown of Nations (1957) WHY SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, IMPERATIVE, AND GENERALLY UNOBTAINABLE     Every human life has its seasons. And so does every human society, organization, and culture. There are times … Continue reading

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