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Funding government – tax, borrowing, or printing.

If you’ve been following along you’ll know that I’ve justified (for myself) the intervention by the government into the affairs of the economy. Any such intervention will have a cost. The question for today is: how will these costs be … Continue reading

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edlib ideas from elsewhere

There have been a couple of articles on lwn.net (https://lwn.net/Articles/819452/ and https://lwn.net/Articles/832311/) about emacs and how it could be better, which have generated lots of discussion (a really valuable aspect of lwn.net). For some reason this encouraged me to explore … Continue reading

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Managing an economy

I wrote in a previous post that any functioning democracy must run the economy with a blend of the two extremes of socialism and capitalism – that ownership of property must, in some way, be shared between the individual citizen … Continue reading

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Socialism or Capitalism

Once you assume a nation with a democratic form of government, the broadest brush used for describing the style of economic management seems to be a choice between Socialism and Capitalism. This is a false choice. Socialism and Capitalism are … Continue reading

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Designing plugins for edlib

As edlib (my Emacs-replacement editor) matures I’m being more adventurous in the functionality I’m adding: spell checker, calculator, difference highlighter. This often involves importing functionality from an external source and making it available within edlib. This has raised the question … Continue reading

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The goals for the economy

If I’m to explore ideas concerning macro economics, I need to have a clear understanding of the goal – what is the economic system trying to achieve? Any such goal must be subjective – it can only be “my” goal. … Continue reading

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Performance improvements for wiggle.

My “wiggle” program which applies a patch to a different version of the file needs to compute the shortest edit path between two texts, which is the smallest set of additions and deletions that must be made to one file … Continue reading

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Modal Dialogs in edlib

One of the behaviours of emacs that I want to avoid as I build edlib (my answer to emacs) is modal dialogs. I recently saw mention of Oberon and this link in particular: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d48b/ecdaf5c3d962e2778f804e8c64d292de408b.pdf. It also mentions an aversion of … Continue reading

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The Value of Money

I have a new topics to write about – macro-economics. My interest is partly due to the enormous economic upheaval caused by COVID-19, but is more specifically due to reading Stephanie Kelton’s “The Deficit Myth” which outlines MMT – Modern … Continue reading

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LR parsing with line-breaks – yet again

It has been some years since I last wrote about about parsing with indents and line-breaks. Some of that time I’ve been distracted by other things, some of it has involved working on other areas of language design, but some … Continue reading

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