Moral Imperative - This little book is based on the premise that health care should be a right not just a commodity. It should be like fire protection, police protection, clean water and other... More > services provided by most “civilized” countries. It should be equally available to all citizens. It is a moral imperative.
Underlying Theme - Despite the moral imperative, health care is being treated as a commodity. Not only does this create ethical dilemmas, it makes the system expensive and difficult to manage. Health care is not a classical market based system. Supply and demand functions need to be performed by a government mandated master market - typically called Single Payer - although it could be called Medicare.
The book has four parts. They are:
2. Single Payer
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About stuff (which can be material or immaterial), desire (resulting from need or greed) and collapse. A collapse happens when desire exceeds stuff and stuff runs out. In the terms of this book,... More > infinity is crossed. The collapse can be visualized as an asymptotic curve jumping nothing. If the stuff is important, the collapse is important. There are two ways to avoid a collapse - reduce demand or increase the supply of stuff. Crossing Infinity "distills" six books about this subject. To distill a book is to capture its essence. The books distilled are (1) Great Disruption, (2)Upside of Down, (3) Coming Apart, (4) Collapse, (5) Black Swan and (6) Flat Earth.< Less
Stories, essays, and pictures about my experiences on the underside of technical writing. The events took place at Cardinal Associates and Burroughs from 1971 to 1981. To an outside observer things... More > would have looked pretty tame, shaggy haired young people and serious seeming older people trying to make money and do significant work. However, as I note in “Fear and Loathing With Bill and Tom in NYC”, which happened in the 1973, beneath the surface it was a freak show. The young people, and some of those who weren’t so young, were living out scripts that could have been penned by Hunter Thompson and Carlos Castaneda. It was all fear and loathing, paranoia and rock and roll - 60’s redux stuff. What made it worse was the fact that we were doing technical writing. An artifact of 20th century complexity, the profession can be a cruel place for those with fragile minds. We were like stoned pigs, rooting for truffles of order in a forest of complexity and ambiguity. The forest is still there, but we are gone.< Less