Posts tagged institutions

Monday Lazy Linking

Monday Lazy Linking

  • Forced to Be Free. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-10-08). Across Europe, high-minded debates about terrorism, assimilation, and the social effects of Islam have been devolving into disputes over the clothes the government will let people wear, as countries from Switzerland to the U.K. ponder bans on burqas and head scarves. Curiously, legislators and pundits on both sides of the... (Linked Saturday 2010-10-09.)

  • 09.23.10: Don't Forget the Motor City. David Byrne, David Byrne's Journal (2010-09-23). I’m here in Detroit to participate in a film directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo). The other day we performed the song “This Must Be The Place” with band and string section while the camera made a complicated move and a living room set rose up and traveled over our... (Linked Saturday 2010-10-09.)

  • The Drug War Metaphor: Increasingly Literal. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-10-06). A New Mexico narcotics task force sent a SWAT team and helicopter to raid a school where students "participate in farming as a context for learning mathematics and science." The raid was apparently part of a larger operation involving the task force, the state police, and the National Guard, in... (Linked Saturday 2010-10-09.)

  • Nazi Nudges. Will Wilkinson, Will Wilkinson (2010-10-06). Most of you have probably seen this on Marginal Revolution (from Dan Ariely), but the lesson is too good to pass up. When it suits them, Nazis use nudges, too… Nudge-style “choice architecture” techniques are ideologically neutral. We can’t count on the guys in charge to have benevolent motives. That’s... (Linked Sunday 2010-10-10.)

  • Military Keynesians Are the Worst Keynesians of All. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-10-07). From the National Journal this week: Two wars are not enough. America's economic outlook is so grim, and political solutions are so utterly absent, that only another large-scale war might be enough to lift the nation out of chronic high unemployment and slow growth, two prominent economists, a conservative and... (Linked Sunday 2010-10-10.)

  • Feminism. Marja Erwin (2010-08-24). When men consider how they should treat other men, it is moral philosophy. When womyn consider how we should treat other womyn, it is feminism. It has taken feminism to separate the were-centered moral philosophies from the human-centered ones. It will take feminism-in-practice to discover the full potential of feminism-in-theory.What... (Linked Monday 2010-10-11.)

  • American schools are killing children. Marja Erwin (2010-10-10). Through bullying, through high workloads, and through indifference to the needs of different children. Classrooms may be a good teaching environment for some kids, mediocre for other, and downright destructive for some. Bullying was an epidemic when I was in school, and I understand it has grown worse yet. Calling... (Linked Monday 2010-10-11.)

Wednesday Lazy Linking

Friday Lazy Linking

  • Photographer beaten, detained in London for being "cocky" to policeman who implies she is a terrorist. Boing Boing (2009-12-30). Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, it's fallen to the Western nations to take up the banner of the War on Photography, formerly a stereotypically East German sort of preoccupation for the Securitate. Here, a gang of about ten cops in the London city government's police force beat up and arrest a photographer for taking pictures of a building and getting "cocky" (that is, for asserting some minimal dignity and individual liberty) when she refuses to turn her film over to agents of the State on their demand. (Linked Wednesday 2009-12-30.)
  • Ostrom in Boston. joshmccabe, The Sociological Imagination (2009-12-21). No, she’s not actually there, but a great illustration of her work takes place every winter in the city. On-street parking seems like it would be the mother of all tragedies of the commons. This is especially true after it snows. You spend all morning shoveling out your car (especially... (Linked Thursday 2009-12-31.)
  • Why Kant Was Smarter Than Behavioral Economists. Mario Rizzo, ThinkMarkets (2009-12-18). by Mario Rizzo   Behavioral economists who like to indulge in normative pronouncements have decided that quasi-hyperbolic discounting violates rationality. In other words, suppose a person decides today that he will give up the hamburgers he loves beginning in 2010 (because of the high fat content). But then when 2010 arrives... (Linked Friday 2010-01-01.)