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Jeffrey Sachs on Our Situation – Part III

Posted on October 17, 2008

On September 11, 2008, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs spoke to a packed hall at Harvard Law School in an address entitled “Representing the Voiceless: The Poor, The Excluded, and the Future.” The Situationist is posting a loose, unofficial transcript of his remarks over the next couple weeks.  You can link to Part I here and Part […]

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Retroactive Liability for our Financial Woes

Posted on September 27, 2008

In the following editorial, “Take the Banker’s Porsche” (published in The Seattle Post Inquirer), Situationist contributor Adam Benforado makes an interesting case for a tort-like response to our financial situation. * * * With our eyes focused on the staggering price tag of the impending bailout, it is easy to overlook the fact that a […]

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Posted in Law, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

The Situation of the American Middle Class

Posted on June 11, 2008

Last month, NPR’s On Point (with host Tom Ashbrook) had a one-hour show titled “Falling Behind Our Parents.” Here’s the show’s description. * * * Nan Mooney is thirtysomething, well-educated, the child of baby boomers who herself grew up with all the accoutrements of what was very recently thought to be a regular middle-class American […]

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The Situation of the Mortgage Crisis

Posted on May 12, 2008

Economist Robert Frank recently wrote an editorial for the Washington Post, titled “Don’t Blame All Borrowers,” in which he questions Senator McCain’s recent statement regarding possible that “it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers.” Frank takes a more […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Education, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

Naïve Cynicism in Election 2008: Dispositionism v. Situationism?

Posted on May 5, 2008

This post was originally published on April 23rd. Because the “elitism” card continues to played, we thought it worthwhile to republish this post for those who might have missed it the last time. * * * In case you missed it, the last week and a half have been a bit rough for the golden […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Ideology, Legal Theory, Naive Cynicism, Politics, Video | 3 Comments »

The Situation of Noisy Neighbors

Posted on April 25, 2008

On The Situationist, we regularly examine the ways in which people under-appreciate, or altogether miss, the extent to which the situation around and within them influences their thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Sometimes, though, the situation is more obvious than subtle. Take, for instance, the situation of noise and disruption emanating from your neighbors. Mickey […]

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The Changing Situation of Survivalism

Posted on April 10, 2008

Alex Williams of the New York Times has a fascinating piece on the increasing number of Americans who have embraced survivalist-related activities. What had  previously been viewed as paranoid endeavors are now becoming more mainstream. We excerpt portions of his article below. * * * Faced with a confluence of diverse threats — a tanking […]

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The Financial Squeeze: Bad Choices or Bad Situations?

Posted on November 2, 2007

Bob Sullivan wrote a terrific article last month on the sources of pressing debt loads for much of America’s middle class. It reviews and echoes some of the best research on how situational forces are attributed to the dispositions of the individuals and families feeling the squeeze of situation. We have excerpted Sullivan’s article below. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture | 7 Comments »

The Physical Pains of Discrimination

Posted on July 15, 2007

The intersection between race and social psychology has been examined in several posts on The Situationist, including by Jon Hanson and Michael McCann in “Black History is Now” and “Hoyas, Hos, & Gangstas,” by Jerry Kang in “Implicit Bias and Strawmen,” and by the Staff in “The Situation in New Olreans.” In today’s Boston Globe, […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Life, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »