## Fiscal Conniptions

With the impending "fiscal cliff" upon us, there seems to be fresh worry and general gnashing of teeth over the economy again.  At times like this, I think it is especially good to step back and look at the bigger picture. Keep in mind that artificial deadlines are just that, and long-term trends don't change overnight.  The [...]

## Wealth and Inequality – Pareto, Gini and Contingency

The nature of inequality is a topic that is getting a lot of attention these days.  It's worth taking a careful look at how inequality arises in our economy.  In fact, inequality is built into capitalism and it perpetuates itself, steadily increasing, even in the absence of greed.  Inequality naturally arises whenever future wealth is contingent upon the wealth you [...]