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Notes on This Week’s Column: A New Consumer?: The Balance Sheet : The New Yorker
as Elizabeth Warren has argued, the idea that most Americans have been spending frivolously on consumer goods actually isn’t true. Instead, a hefty chunk of the increase in consumption in recent decades has been the result of higher housing prices, the rising cost of medical care, more spending on education, and childcare.
economics  consumption  spending  debt  consumer  behavior  frugal 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Maverick Philosopher: Philosophy and Livelihood: Build a Slave!
What my correspondents want to know is how to both be independent scholars and fill their bellies.

One idea is to take Spinoza as your model, live with Dutch frugality, and find the modern-day equivalent of lens grinding.
philosophy  vocation  job  work  labor  academia  graduate-school  frugal 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Why we vote the way we do - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Q: What's the most important thing about voters that you discovered while researching your book?

A: Please do not pose this as though I'm the first one to have found this ... but one of the clear things from our research is that the people who look at the most information, who gather the most information, are not necessarily the people who are going to best be able to determine which candidate is best for them. Really people often do better with little information than with a lot of information. We had two different types of voters who we talked about. One type was what we called "fast and frugal voters." Another we called "cognitive misers" or "heuristic-based voters," who'd look for specific cues and go for them.
politics  political-science  psychology  voting  decision-making  heuristic  frugal 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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