## The Rise of the SWAT Team

This is a partial review of one the major parts of Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior Cop; the militarization of America’s police forces. You can read my first review, on the Symbolic Third Amendment, no-knock raids, and the castle doctrine here.   Training and deploying military hardware, the masked black armored SWAT uniform stands in […]

## The Symbolic Third and the Warrior Cop

“Are cops constitutional?” This is the question Radley Balko poses to start his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop; the militarization of America’s police forces.  Beginning with Ancient Rome and quickly moving forward through the American Revolution and 19th century, Balko provides an historical and philosophical foundation for a detailed discussion of American police since […]

## Social Physics; how good ideas can be reviewed

Throughout this book I have argued that we need to think about society as a network of individual interactions rather than as markets or classes. To accomplish this, I have presented a social physics framework that outlines how the flow of ideas from person to person shapes the norms, productivity, and creative output of our […]

## Social Physics: The Syllabus

Social Physics by Alex Pentland is a valuable book. That does not mean it is a good book.  It would be a decent at translating academia to the general public if Dr. Pentland weren’t a compulsive self-promoter who seems to use “I” or “me” in every other sentence. (Un)fortunately there is a lot of value […]

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