Politics: political economy, social systems theory, or whatever...

A lot of the writing here might be filed under "economics" rather than "politics" except for the fact that I'm no fan of the modern economics profession. Economists pose as apolitical practitioners of a non-normative science, and yet their work usually enters the real world only to support someone's claims about the policies a government should follow. I am not alone in preferring the old term "political economy" for a discipline that inevitably gets involved in questions about what a society values and what its members should be able to expect from each other.

I'm writing in the USA, and like most Americans, I don't think very much about politics as practiced in other places. However, as the world's elite classes scramble to get the kind of deal that the American ruling class has, we're all headed for approximately the same place.