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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

Trump Part III - The Use of Security Crises

Trump Part III – The Use of Security Crises

By The Banker | Blog Posts

I can’t predict the future, but we know every US President is tested by security crises – whether domestic or foreign. President Trump’s four years will be no different. [While I’m not predicting the future, in previous posts on Trump I am having nightmares of a potential future, and reviewing the past rise of authoritarians.] [&hellip