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KMO talks with Irv Mills about the pitfalls of managing by metrics before getting into a rousing discussion about the significance of the Consumer Price Index and finally a long and meandering rant about stuff.

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  1. L33tminion on January 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Really enjoyed the discussion of CPI. Metrics: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

    Re automation of the military and war-weariness, that seemed to be missing two significant things. First, I’m pretty sure the Pentagon is at least somewhat concerned with how automation can make the military more effective militarily (in ways that go beyond driving recruitment or concern about casualties). Second, hard to compare the political impact of Vietnam to that of more recent wars without discussing the draft.

    Re Trump, I’m kind of wondering what would justify an extreme antipathy towards a president, in your view. Nothing? Until it actually gets to unilaterally ordering nuclear strikes or something? Presumably something short of that? It’s a subjective question what degree of antipathy is justified, and I know hyperbole can be annoying, but I think there are a lot of negative ways Trump stands out quite a lot compared to past presidents. In any case, there’s a bit of a contradiction between “what’s the issue if Trump holds up arms shipments to Ukraine?” (that is, regarding an ally where part of its territory is under military occupation, in a way that is clearly illegal, for his own personal benefit) and “whatever replaces the current international order will probably be worse”. There are actually probably some pretty serious consequences to creating the expectation that the US might suddenly defect on its commitments next election, or that even if you have the support of the US legislature, the President might thwart that to shake you down.

    • KMO on January 21, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      Re Trump, I’m kind of wondering what would justify an extreme antipathy towards a president, in your view.

      The 2nd Bush Administration holds the heavyweight title on that one for lying about the 9/11 attacks to service their pre-existing imperial ambitions and start an unjustified war.

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