The Pontification

Thomas Irwin
Thomas Irwin's varied ramblings on Current Events: economics, politics, sports, current events, theology, and whatever seems interesting
Created 23 Aug 2020
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  • 9/11, Afghanistan, and Reckoning with Limits (Part 2)
    30 Sep 2021 • 19 min read
    In my previous post, I wrote out some reflections on the post-9/11 American project in the Middle East and how I think we made some big and critical mistakes to our project in the Middle East. Today, ...
  • 9/11, Afghanistan, and Reckoning with Limits (Part 1)
    28 Sep 2021 • 15 min read
    On 9/11/2001, I was just a few days into the start of fourth grade, so my memories of the day itself are both vivid in emotion and hazy in facts. I remember coming to school that morning, only to find...
  • Why Tyler Cowen is Wrong on CA's Recall
    31 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    (I am putting some finishing touches on a housing piece that I hope is out later this week. In the meantime, here is a short diversion) I wrote a long piece two weeks ago on the California recall, whe...
  • The Urgent Need for Zoning Reform
    27 Aug 2021 • 9 min read
    I have a general rule on this blog never to write about something while feeling strong emotions. These blog posts come out best when they serve as a curious exploration, which requires a certain level...
  • Everything you wanted to know (and then some) about California's Recall Election
    17 Aug 2021 • 24 min read
    Broken Process Strikes Again If you haven’t heard, Californias are voting in yet another election, one that centers on whether to keep our current governor (Gavin Newsom) in his office next month. Whi...
  • The Gospel According to Iroh
    12 Aug 2021 • 19 min read
    As many of you know, this blog traditionally involves my thoughts and examination of economic and social issues. But occasionally, I change things up, and you get a blog post centered on children’s ca...
  • Our Church's Vaccine Clinics
    23 Jul 2021 • 13 min read
    As some of you know, while this blog is focused primarily on my thoughts on more big-picture current events, I have another mailing list that focuses on personal and work-related things that I do. Man...
  • Local Economic Transformation, Part 3
    07 Jul 2021 • 16 min read
    If you missed it, my last two blog posts were part of a 3-part series, exploring a framework I developed for Servant Partners, exploring what local economic transformation can look like as we rebuild ...
  • Local Economic Transformation, Part 2
    03 Jul 2021 • 16 min read
    If you missed it, my last blog post was part 1 of a 3-part series, exploring a framework I developed for Servant Partners, exploring what local economic transformation can look like as we rebuild out ...
  • Local Economic Transformation, Part 1
    01 Jul 2021 • 12 min read
    (Note: these blog posts are adapted from writing I have done on behalf of my work at Servant Partners research economic development over the last few years, specifically revised recently as we rebuild...
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