I thought it might be useful to post some thoughts on this blog, and what lies ahead.
In the beginning, this blog largely focused on politics in New Hampshire and nationally, as well as what it means to live in New Hampshire, the Upper Valley, and northern New England. But over the last four years, the site has been relatively quiet for a variety of reasons: some of it due to demands at work and home, but also because of some internal re-calibrating about what really interests me.
During this fallow period, I have been busy behind the scenes--writing, thinking, and observing on a number of topics. Specifically, I've become increasingly interested in economics, writ large, and more specifically in wealth distribution, social and individual economic behavior, and public policy.
Which leads me to today. I expect to write occasionally on the initial subjects which gave birth to this blog, but hope to use this space increasingly in the coming months (and maybe years) to address these new interests. If I've learned anything in the last four years of wandering through a thicket of research about markets, economics, and policy, it's that far too many people mistake what's good for business with what's good for the economy and society. My aim is to separate and distinguish these interests towards productive ends. I also expect to use this blog on occasion to address career interests involving higher education as well as philanthropy.
In addition to my own work, I hope to post more regularly links and comments to contemporary work involving these issues. You should also expect a modest redesign of the site, the archiving of earlier posts, an effort to post more photographs (if only to get feedback on my enthusiastic interest and modest talents), and the occasional odd post on information technology (just because I like the topic).
Let me close with an old-school shout-out: the New York Times has just begun a very promising new site devoted "covering policy and politics, and reviewed by outside academic economists." Known as The Upshot, it began today with a wonderful (though disheartening) story on how the American middle class can no longer claim to be the richest middle class in the world. This kind of information, coupled with the policies which led to situation and the policies which can pragmatically address it, are what I hope to address in this blog going forward.
I hope you will join me for the ride, and lend your thoughtful comments to what I post.