Obama's Togetherness

In his learned excursus on American history in Cleveland last week, President Obama made a big deal about the things we Americans have done "together:" railroads and highways, the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. We got where we are today "not by telling everybody to fend for themselves, but by coming together as one American family, all of us pitching in, all of us pulling our own weight," said the president.  The president used the word "together" ten times in his speech. It's a pity that almost everything the president has done in the last three years has divided Americans and replaced "together" with big government and special interests.  Maybe it's time we thought about what "together" really means. It just so happens that the life work of America's only woman Nobel economist, Elinor Ostrom, who died last week, had something important to say about this "together."  Ostrom, who was not an economist, did groundbreaking research into the ways that humans manage...(Read Full Article)

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