Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Human Society Politics & Government Why does socialism look good in the beginning but eventually collapses? > Sustainability Our Two-Party System is a Poisoned Institution: The two-party system has devolved into a poisoned institution.  The campaigns backed by enormous capital have become killing machines that are not past doing anything to scuttle a candidate and the other party's ship.  They mirror the overall problems we have with BIG bureaucracy in general with too much unchecked wealth and power, and when and where that happens, waste, cronyism, corruption, and fraud fester and grow below the surface. sp subsidiarity: Nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. big idea The conflict between justice and tyranny occurs in every political order because it occurs in every human soul. Marini Power concedes nothing without a demand. Douglass in general: Hillary Clinton: Shattered Allen > Trump | gerrymandering (REDMAP) Trump: Ratf**ked Daley | fascism: On Tyranny Snyder, Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism Britt | strategy: The Art Of War Sun Tzu | entrepreneurs vs. bureaucrats: Bureaucracy von Mises | lobbying: Miss Sloane | power and knowledge: Michel Foucault | conservatism: Imprimis | watchdogs: Judicial Watch | socialism: The History and Danger of Administrative Law Hamburger | compromise: Three Kinds of Compromise Cobb | Death of the Liberal Class Hedges | The Communist Manifesto Marx | The Political Economy of Grand Strategy Narizny | The Problem of Big DeMint | The Road to Serfdom Hayek | United States: occupations | minimum government, maximum freedom: Libertarian Party | cold war: A Most Wanted Man le Carre | trust: Politicians are Consummate Performers sp | impeachment: A Just Cause | libertarian: The Libertarian Mind Boaz | cold war: Bridge of Spies, The Billion Dollar Spy Hoffman | pro-government: Leviathan Hobbes | The Prince Machiavelli | Zero Dark Thirty

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Illinois Needs a Moon Shot

Biosphere Sustainability climate  |modeling | society | unintended Water touches everything. Permanence is the illusion of every age. To create a product that is safe, healthy, affordable, effective, and designed to be returned safely to nature or industry after use. Cradle-to-Cradle Can the company demonstrate to society and investors the link between sustainable business and corporate value? in general: overshoot: Limits to Growth Meadows > Modeling | unsustainability: Finland’s system of social benefits is unsustainable | energy innovation: Breakthrough Energy Coalition | Permanence is the illusion of every age. | carbon-neutral cities: carbon markets, Malmo, Sweden | forums & institutes: Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, theinstituteforsustainability, Worldwatch Institute | about: Sustainability Primer | buildings: Living Building Challenge | circular economy: about | globalization: telecoupling big ideas | measure ROI: The Green Scorecard Phillips | Collapse or Sustainability of Societies Motesharrei | Cradle to Cradle McDonough | Crowd Supply | design: Ideas and Integrities Fuller | farming: The Farm Bromfield | Sustainable Freshwater Aquaculture Romanowski | more

by Scott PIckard

For all of us that have a commitment to living out our years in Illinois, it’s a very scary proposition. I’ve got a State pension and who knows what could happen 5, 10, 20 years down the road. I guess I’m going to find out.

Illinois is in a slow bankruptcy burn. I’ve been inside companies that went bankrupt and Illinois has all the signs:

  • overwhelmed by crushing debt that grows daily
  • harassed by creditors from every angle that is slowly grinding the State down
  • a delusional hope springs eternal denial of the problem
  • citizen’s clueless to the real magnitude of the problem; or,
  • they simply don’t give a shit because there is nothing they can do about it and when it all blows up, they will just move on down the road
  • the problem is unfixable
  • the State is checked
  • the State is….. checkmate

The State will eventually hit the wall and either goes through a “simulated” bankruptcy; or, everything and everybody blows away like dust in the wind.

Chris Kennedy and other wealthy businessmen-politicians mean well but will only give us what the classic quote tells us and we all know deep down: “If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.” But, I do admire that Kennedy et al want a crack at the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot and are chomping at the bit to kick out Governor Bruce Rauner on his billion-dollar country club ass.

The politicians will NEVER solve the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot in our lifetimes. Only the people can solve this by:

  • firing every sitting politician all the way up to the governor
  • hiring a third party turnaround trustee-manager person that does not live in Illinois and is clean of any conflicts of interest
  • have the person report directly to the people
  • have the person manage a “moonshot” competition to develop a 50-year plan to reach financial sustainability
  • any person and/or team on the planet can submit their moonshot plan
  • have the people use “approval voting” to vote for the best moonshot plan
  • the winning moonshot team gets $100M paid out over 50 years contingent on performance of the plan over time
  • while the plan is playing out, re-engineer and revolutionize Illinois government so this never happens again

All you radical-thinking, clear-thinking people out there, here’s your chance to make your mark, never have to work again (unless you want to), save Illinois, and in the process design a revolutionary financial roadmap for the rest of the world because we’re all going to need it.

Crazy, you say?

Have you got a better idea?

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Leadership

Social Organization and Change Leadership Beware of false prophets. Lead by example. As a leader, are you passionate and focus on a few key principles which you will not sacrifice under any circumstances?  How strong is your willpower?  Does your willpower have staying power?  Can you weather a long storm? in general: heros: Tank Man | grooming global leaders: Salzburg Global Seminar | accountability: The buck stops here. Truman | anti-leadership: despotism | bios: Amazing People Library | greatness: about | journals: Leader to Leader | training: disneyinstitute, Salzburg Global Seminar | charisma: measurement | empowerment: thinkingmanagers | quotes: woopidoo | self-management: morningstarco | recognition: Carnegie Hero Fund books: success: Outliers Gladwell > Success | nature teaches: Leadership the Outward Bound Way | The Open Organization Whitehurst | CEOs Out of Bounds sp | Heroes Johnson | Heroes of History Durant | Leadership Ensembles Thomas | Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges Scalia | On Becoming a Leader Bennis | On Leadership Gardner | The Age of Lincoln Burton | The Starfish and the Spider Brafman | transparency: Maverick! Semler big ideas

Like it or not, successful leaders can come in all stripes: good, bad, and ugly.

Some teachers are cruel to their students, while some teachers change students’ lives.

Some coaches are jerks, while some coaches inspire greatness in their athletes.

Some CEOs are flat out assholes, while some CEOs are fair, honest, and visionary.

Some presidents are philandering, big mouth blowhard’s, while some presidents are soft-spoken, strong, inspirational leaders of a nation.

This is the way of the world. It is frustrating to the average civil person who plays by the rules, when a CEO or a politician or any person in a position of leadership and power can be as successful as they are mean, conniving, and dysfunctional.

As to our newly elected President Donald Trump, we must give him the benefit of the doubt because that is what we do as Americans. As to his character and performance going forward, time will tell, the ball is in his court.



  1. Direct reports (as a team) come up with a list for their Supervisor for each of these categories:
    1. Things we want you to STOP.
    2. Things we want you to START.
    3. Things we want you to CHANGE.
    4. Things we want you to CONTINUE.
  2. Direct reports discuss the list with the Supervisor who takes notes during the discussion.
  3. Supervisor emails the discussion notes to the team (direct reports) to ensure he/she got everything and got it right.
  4. All parties take a week to think about it, and then meet again to confirm and move forward.
  5. OPTONAL: Supervisor and team review [STOP, START, CHANGE, CONTINUE] list quarterly (or mid-year). Then they meet at the beginning of the year to see what progress was made (or not).