The retreat of western liberalism

07/24/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Politicks

Link: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/books/review-retreat-of-western-liberalism-edward-luce.html

The strongest glue holding liberal democracies together, Luce argues, is economic growth, and when that growth stalls or falls, things tend to take a dark turn. With growing competition for jobs and resources, losers (those he calls the “left-behinds”) seek scapegoats for their woes, and consensus becomes harder to reach as politics devolves into more and more of a zero-sum game.

Inequality

07/15/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: http://www.economist.com/node/17929013

One of the best articles on inequality I've read in some time.

Consider:

  • Depending on how you measure, you come up with radically different sorts.
    • Sort by Wealth - Sweden become less equal than Britain
    • Sort by Income
    • Sort by consumption - Bill Gates has millions but he doesn't eat millions of meals or own millions of cars
  • Assortive Mating:  Modern society favors the intelligent.  Smart people now marry smart people and have smart kids - furthering inequality of innate (and nutured) talent.

DePhazz - Good Boy

07/11/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day

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