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  • The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag « Liam McHugh-Russell
    welfare system some college graduates may be included in a sizable cohort priced out of books as if they were only a disposable luxury More likely in response to a rising tide of unnecessary credentialism these parents participated in four years of post secondary schooling so mind numbing that instead of feeding a flickering flame of passion for learning the experience so finally smothered whatever academic spark they left high school carrying that they respond to books in their home not with an inflamed literary temperament but a more literally pyromaniacal urge Critics of the study suggest that the authors under measure internet reading though if my writing is any example of what is available then we can be sure that writing on the internet is no substitute Books are the critics argue a thing of the past However the conclusion about such correlations show that books still matter and for children they matter at home There is a bright side in the form of a clear lesson for all of us if one wants to avoid a child so precocious that she corrects grammar and regales with trivia the choices are to sell off one s Hawking Hemmingway Chomsky and Chaucer or to put them along with the Cat in the Hat under lock and key At least until standardized test day via Arts Letters daily November 30th 2007 Category culture education politics US 1 comment to The Cat in the Hat and tests in the bag Steve Rosenbaum November 30 2007 at 10 34 pm Reply I think what we know now about learning styles is that reading is one way of learning that isn t the easiest or best for everyone In addition one of the things you can t learn from a book is how to

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  • US « Liam McHugh-Russell
    August 26th 2010 Tags America Dr Pepper financial crisis inequality labour law Motts politics Snapple strike United States US Category politics poverty US 2 comments Yes He Can Adapted almost completely from my piece in the Faculty of Law student paper the Ultra Vires I know it s a bit late considering the last two weeks of primaries but I stand by my analysis Plus some of the links are worth reading It s down to Hillary and Obama and a plurality of students at the U of T s law school like most Canadians has thrown its support behind Obama for President We re in good company the popular video riffing on the recent Obama Yes We Can speech features Scarlett Johanssen the woman who plays McDreamy s ex wife from Grey s Anatomy some familiar looking white guy pretending to play guitar and of course the video s producer will i am The Grateful Dead have thrown their lot behind Obama though we ll have to take their word that Jerry sends his best to the campaign from his great tail gate party in the sky The support of Joan Baez means an end to self imposed exile from party politics I m backing Obama too though on the basis of his strong anti corpocracy message I was a supporter of Edwards until his exit from the race two weeks ago But I m doing more than supporting Obama s candidacy I m going to make the call he ll get the nomination I m currently batting 1000 in such predictions I could have been two bits richer if someone had put money up against my call for Dion in the recent Liberal leadership race As I suggested the combination of anti Rae and anti Ignatieff sentiment combined to put Dion no matter his failings in the hot seat The result was more complicated without Gerrard Kennedy s endorsement in the closing minutes of the Convention I might have lost that bet In that way Obama has something in common with Dion the strength of a key Kennedy endorsement or more exactly the support of a handful of them Though the clan is divided with the noted environmental activist Robert K Jr backing Hillary the endorsement of Ted Kennedy JFK s daughter Caroline and Maria Shreiver will certainly give a boost to the Illinois senator not least because of skewed media coverage of the matter Despite the split in the Kennedy support there is no doubt that the shine of Camelot has been lent to Obama not Hillary The candidates aren t that far apart on policy Since the beginning the choice between the two has seemed like a choice between hope and experience Ezra Klein puts a finer point on it colouring the choice as one between Clinton as manager and Obama as visionary There are good reasons to support a manager for President America has painted itself into a corner in Iraq flushed its economy down

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  • Neoliberalism in One Image « Liam McHugh-Russell
    cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities

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  • The End of Capitalists « Liam McHugh-Russell
    of authority or material rewards Back in 2007 Cory Doctorow wrote a short story whose basic conceit was a future in which capital liquid capital had truly become obsolete especially relative to the available human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these

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  • Wolves in Women’s Clothing « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Yet it s also important to pay attention to the way in which feelings and especially in group feeling play a part in perpetuating power structures A recent piece by Sam Polk a lapsed Wall Street insider does something similar and it s gotten a fair bit of attention Polk treats the industry s pathology in terms of addiction Most interesting about the piece however is not the soulless drive for ever more money and power it s always odd to me that people are surprised by capitalists acting as Marx predicted as capital personified but with the picture he paints of industry politics It s true that the industry hates both financial regulation and taxes on the rich but when Polk put the systemic advisability of certain measures in question the response from his boss was that he didn t have the brain capacity to think about the system as a whole All I m concerned with is how this affects our company It s not that the US financial class is uninterested in politics but many of them nonetheless have an unsophisticated view of politics backed up by fear and selfishness not a desire to rule per se All this provides proper context for a recent exposé in New York Magazine detailing the hazing rituals of Kappa Beta Phi an exclusive club for powerful Wall Street types What is most striking about this soirée for billionaires and those making due with only hundreds of millions is not simply the fact of their gathering but how much closer their hijinx come to the crude embarrassments of a freshman fraternity rush than a secret meeting of the Illuminati It s a wonder reading the KBP piece next to a recent investigation into real college fraternities that more Wall Street types

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  • capitalists « Liam McHugh-Russell
    liquidity is abundant this coordination function is evidently obsolete and can no longer be a source of authority or material rewards Back in 2007 Cory Doctorow wrote a short story whose basic conceit was a future in which capital liquid capital had truly become obsolete especially relative to the available human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a

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  • Cory Doctorow « Liam McHugh-Russell
    liquidity is abundant this coordination function is evidently obsolete and can no longer be a source of authority or material rewards Back in 2007 Cory Doctorow wrote a short story whose basic conceit was a future in which capital liquid capital had truly become obsolete especially relative to the available human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a

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  • historical materialism « Liam McHugh-Russell
    liquidity is abundant this coordination function is evidently obsolete and can no longer be a source of authority or material rewards Back in 2007 Cory Doctorow wrote a short story whose basic conceit was a future in which capital liquid capital had truly become obsolete especially relative to the available human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a

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