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  • “The Danes do it better” « Liam McHugh-Russell
    prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em

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  • Borgen « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Kenworthy s policy proposals but serious doubts about their value as prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

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  • Denmark « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Kenworthy s policy proposals but serious doubts about their value as prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

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  • Nordic countries « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Kenworthy s policy proposals but serious doubts about their value as prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

    Original URL path: http://Mchugh-Russell.ca/tag/nordic-countries/ (2016-05-01)
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  • popular culture « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Kenworthy s policy proposals but serious doubts about their value as prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

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  • US politics « Liam McHugh-Russell
    Kenworthy s policy proposals but serious doubts about their value as prophecy Like a good empirical social scientist Kenworthy assumes that politics is fundamentally a rational evidence based pursuit and that good policy will eventually win out over bad politics But his appeal to reason and evidence is almost touching considering how patently deranged U S political culture can be particularly when it comes to questions of welfare and social spending The rhetoric of reaction that Kenworthy dismisses as a gradually weakening obstacle to reform will not be defeated by the force of evidence based reasoned argumentation alone As a social theorist I of course have great sympathy for Kenworthy s entreaty to Consider the Evidence But pleading does not make it so and evidence doesn t make policy Changes happen only after the issues reflected in that evidence have been prioritized over others and translated into practice through political action The great majority of people if they were to look at the evidence might conclude that the Danes are better off than Americans A social democratic United States however would require that political institutions and constituencies be organized in a way allows those opinions to be translated into policy change This is a point that is too often missed by liberals legal scholars and policy wonks Part of the problem may lie too in fictional depictions of politics we might also call it the West Wing problem When it comes to illustrating the politics of political change it turns out that the Danes really do do it better June 1st 2014 Tags Borgen Denmark Nordic countries politics popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats

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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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  • The Will to Power at Qatar Airways « Liam McHugh-Russell
    had the requisite skills dependability availability and willingness to work on affordable terms So it made sense to have people who agreed to be around to perform whatever tasks were necessary Herbert Simon put it slightly differently if you weren t sure what kind of tasks you were going to need done it would be good to contract with someone to take orders rather than to perform specific tasks Now read Williamson s rejection of an alternate explanation for hierarchy at work Of course if the desire was not to be controlled but to control to exercise power over others then people might be willing to give up something in order to direct others that is they would be willing to pay others more than they could get under the price mechanism in order to be able to direct them But this implies that those who direct pay in order to be able to do this and are not paid to direct which is clearly not true in the majority of cases It is impossible to read the descriptions of Saga and Gina s work again are you on a diet and not conclude that the treatment falls into Williamson s minority of cases More importantly it points to how easily rule command control and hierarchy seem to become their own reasons economic efficiency and the material goals of the participants be damned February 6th 2014 Tags airlines flight attendants hierarchy institutional economics laborur law power Qatar Airlines Ron Coase will to power working conditions Category Uncategorized 1 comment to The Will to Power at Qatar Airways Everett Wilson February 17 2014 at 11 55 am Reply Always enjoy your posts Liam Maybe I m a bit off the mark here but your quote from Williamson also made me think

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