Friday, January 22, 2016

: re: How Change Happens

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From: barry levine 
Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:34 AM
Subject: re: How Change Happens
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To the Editor:
     Professor Krugman astutely observes that Bernie Sanders claims the mantle of candidate Obama, while Hillary Clinton claims the mantle of president Obama. I would add to that that--to get president Obama--we had to vote for candidate Obama.
     The inherited machinery of government will always drag a new president towards policies that further entrench those who already have power. As Acemoglu and Robinson illustrated ("Why Nations Fail") for case after case over the last couple of millenia, that path leads ever downwards.
 Barry Haskell Levine

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