1. I've noticed a push to redefine technocrats as something other than top experts in the domain they work in plus general administrative competency. For example, claims that technocrats tend to have overconfidence that they can fix things through intervention compared to nonexperts. Here's why I think the "no true technocrat" rebuttal is different than the standard "no true scotsman" type response. Definitionally, it's more competent and expert judgment that allows one to notice when another is acting with overconfidence. So that comes down to a decision expert critiquing given subject matter expert about their decision making process. In other words, the true technocrat is the one that corrects the overconfidence, not the one with fancy degrees but less subject matter expertise or less general competence.
2. I'm interested in a geography of consequences to explain human behavior rather than "free will" to explain why punishment works even if we don't have free will. Just like a marble rolls through the curves of a landscape, up, down, and curving left and right, our behavior navigates the maze of alternatives guided in some part by anticipation of pleasure and in larger part avoidance of pain. Free will doesn't have to enter into the explanation, although I acknowledge that it's at least epiphenomenal (it is for me).
3. We've reached the point that Obama is accountable for everything that happens in the final Bush days. Obama should have at least one competent person on staff full-time tracking the bailout money, for example. I heard that the early Wall Street bailout funds were distributed so quickly that they weren't tracked. That's silly for billions of dollars and inexcusable -further, Obama deserves blame because he was here in real time with the rest of us, with a large bully pulpit not making a sound about it. The bailout money and the financial crisis are THE ball -the most important thing to get right. Speaking of which, the car companies bailout seems fishy, and it's weird and counterintuitive to me that liberal pundits seem to be supporting it in large numbers.
4. Repugnant market idea: credit cap and trading market for being able to create media with negative externalities (kind of like trading carbon caps). I think the latest research is strongly indicating that media can have measurable negative effects on populations. But rather than ban, trading caps might be the solution.
5. I'm thinking of a model of vote collection/politics as bias farming. Some politicians do seem to me to be farming bias in populations for power.
6. I notice there's a lot of ideology rather than technocracy (as contrast discussed in the Balkin/Posner blogging heads recently posted) throughout the common law. It would be interesting to see a systematic review.
7. It's surprising to me that few university presidents seem to be academic experts on university administration (for example Kudlow is very accomplished academically, but didn't specialize academically in that field).