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By Robert Hanneman

This quantity offers a brand new set of instruments for developing and analysing theories. Computer-Assisted concept development re-orients the way in which many social scientists construct and paintings with theories, and it'll turn out of worth to all working towards social technology theorists. simply because verbal formulations are insufficiently particular and mathematical formulations are usually too restrictive, the writer proposes a brand new formal language as a center means among the 2, advocating desktop simulation versions to permit the formula of extra dynamic theories. Hanneman's theories and types may still stimulate the advance of extra robust explanatory theories in lots of social technology disciplines.

The quantity is split into 3 components; half One offers all of the instruments essential to comprehend the types built later, and to start translating current theories into formal dynamic types by utilizing a semi-formal language, DYNAMO. partly , a few widely-used basic platforms are offered in the framework of dynamic structures, and are tested as construction blocks for extra advanced types. partially 3, more and more advanced types -- representing all process kinds had to construct theories approximately phenomena of any measure of complexity -- are explored by utilizing computer-assisted simulation versions.

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Now was an excellent opportunity to bring them together and make the connections. What does it mean, morally and economically, that in 2007 the top one percent earned over 23 percent of all income in this country, more than the bottom fifty percent? Or that the top one percent owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent? Given the enormous political power that goes with this concentration of wealth, in terms of lobbying capabilities, campaign contributions, and media ownership, is the United States on its way to becoming an oligarchic form of society with almost all power resting in the hands of a tiny few?

It is an expensive proposition for roads, bridges. Furthermore, I do not have to tell anybody here, our rail system, which used to be the greatest rail system in the world, is now falling way behind every other major country on Earth. As a result of the stimulus package, we did a whole lot of very good things in the State of Vermont. One of the things we were able to do was use $50 million of Federal funds and private money to make major repairs on one of our important railways in the state. But we remain far behind most other countries around the industrialized world.

I need 5 houses, 10 houses. I need three jet planes to take me all over the world. Sorry. We have the money. We have the power. We have the lobbyists here on Wall Street. Tough luck. That is the world, get used to it. The rich get richer. The middle class shrinks. Not enough, not enough. The very rich seem to want more and more and more, and they are prepared to dismantle the existing political and social order in order to get it. So we have the economics and distribution of income and wealth as one thing, but then we must discuss politics.

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