Ok I tried. I went into the political arena. And doing so reaffirmed for me why I steer clear. This is just a brief note to tell you why.
Let me frame it this way:
What if I told you that I thought a lack of civic responsibility of our politicians was a root cause of their inability to meet our collective needs - and then I went on to give examples that you found unconvincing? Isn't it true that you could then marshal a whole different set of anecdotes and perspectives on how to look at the situation that provided an equally plausible framing?
I think this is the big issue with political analysis, it's highly subjective and greatly determined by one's priors - i.e. one's political ideology and experiences.
We saw this during the financial crisis in the political economy realm. ...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.