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Conflict of Interest and Moral Codes

Conflict of Interest and Moral Codes

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I was under the impression that we all agreed that government officials should do everything to eliminate both the reality and the appearance of acting for financial gain before, during, and after serving as a public figure. Apparently, that was naïve of me, as President-elect Trump has signalled his plan to turn over his business [&hellip

The Link Between Health and Wealth

The Link Between Health and Wealth

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

My wife (a doctor) likes health, and I like money. In that sense, our marriage represents the intersection of two things everybody wants more of. The biggest predictor of good health and a long life is how wealthy you are. This is often true – with plenty of variation of course – at the individual [&hellip

Trump Part VI - Principled Republican Leadership

Trump Part VI – Principled Republican Leadership

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

Subhead: Help us Senator Ted Cruz, You’re Our Only Hope (!) I haven’t slept well lately because I’m worried for the end of the Republic. I’m re-reading about the rise of elected authoritarians, and the uses they make of security crises. I’m concerned Trump could cause an economic or financial crisis, and then use that [&hellip

Trump Part V - The Constitutional Crisis

Trump Part V – The Constitutional Crisis

By The Banker | Blog Posts

We can and have survived security crises. We can and have survived economic crises. My worst fever dreams are about how much Trump has already threatened to spark a constitutional crisis. Authoritarians often start out acting within constitutional norms but work to subvert institutions that limit their power, over time. Trump does not respect or [&hellip

Trump Part IV - The Causes and Uses of An Economic Crisis

Trump Part IV – The Causes and Uses of An Economic Crisis

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Wall Street

This is a long post about how Trump has specifically threatened to cause an economic or financial crises through either a trade war or through undermining the US monetary system and credit. [Previous Trump posts in this series introduce my fever dreams of a Trump Presidency, my review of recently-elected authoritarians, and the Machiavellian use [&hellip