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  • Snapple « Liam McHugh-Russell
    fiscal policy but it also provides a useful perspective on the Mott s strike A recent book from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett you can read a defence against their critics here has demonstrated the almost unbelievable numer of ways in which equality improves the lives of whole societies that is not just the poor the work of Johnson Rajan and Reich simply adds another reason to realize that the US has far from crossed the line from reasonable into irresponsible Some public advocacy groups have taken a hard tack on inequality yet public awareness on the causes of inequality have as of yet gained much less traction and policy responses seem focused on tax measures alone It is all well and good to focus on individuals and their earnings but ultimately distribution is a result as much if not more of the regulation of the market as it is of post income readjustment The Mott s strike demonstrates just one of the myriad ways in which corporations empowered and informed by legal rules and government policies are allowed to increase their share of the total economic pie It is this wealth which has increasingly found its way into the hands of America s richest If Americans want to do something about inequality and the crisis has shown that we all have a stake in America rebalancing its economic pie then they have to do more than raise taxes on the beneficiaries of corporate largesse They have to go after the largesse itself with policies which ensure a fairer distribution between business and workers in their common enterprise That requires a political strategy which focuses not only on the individual workers but on the larger economic ramifications of short term corporate policies It requires progressives not only to stand in

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  • strike « Liam McHugh-Russell
    fiscal policy but it also provides a useful perspective on the Mott s strike A recent book from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett you can read a defence against their critics here has demonstrated the almost unbelievable numer of ways in which equality improves the lives of whole societies that is not just the poor the work of Johnson Rajan and Reich simply adds another reason to realize that the US has far from crossed the line from reasonable into irresponsible Some public advocacy groups have taken a hard tack on inequality yet public awareness on the causes of inequality have as of yet gained much less traction and policy responses seem focused on tax measures alone It is all well and good to focus on individuals and their earnings but ultimately distribution is a result as much if not more of the regulation of the market as it is of post income readjustment The Mott s strike demonstrates just one of the myriad ways in which corporations empowered and informed by legal rules and government policies are allowed to increase their share of the total economic pie It is this wealth which has increasingly found its way into the hands of America s richest If Americans want to do something about inequality and the crisis has shown that we all have a stake in America rebalancing its economic pie then they have to do more than raise taxes on the beneficiaries of corporate largesse They have to go after the largesse itself with policies which ensure a fairer distribution between business and workers in their common enterprise That requires a political strategy which focuses not only on the individual workers but on the larger economic ramifications of short term corporate policies It requires progressives not only to stand in

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  • US « Liam McHugh-Russell
    fiscal policy but it also provides a useful perspective on the Mott s strike A recent book from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett you can read a defence against their critics here has demonstrated the almost unbelievable numer of ways in which equality improves the lives of whole societies that is not just the poor the work of Johnson Rajan and Reich simply adds another reason to realize that the US has far from crossed the line from reasonable into irresponsible Some public advocacy groups have taken a hard tack on inequality yet public awareness on the causes of inequality have as of yet gained much less traction and policy responses seem focused on tax measures alone It is all well and good to focus on individuals and their earnings but ultimately distribution is a result as much if not more of the regulation of the market as it is of post income readjustment The Mott s strike demonstrates just one of the myriad ways in which corporations empowered and informed by legal rules and government policies are allowed to increase their share of the total economic pie It is this wealth which has increasingly found its way into the hands of America s richest If Americans want to do something about inequality and the crisis has shown that we all have a stake in America rebalancing its economic pie then they have to do more than raise taxes on the beneficiaries of corporate largesse They have to go after the largesse itself with policies which ensure a fairer distribution between business and workers in their common enterprise That requires a political strategy which focuses not only on the individual workers but on the larger economic ramifications of short term corporate policies It requires progressives not only to stand in

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  • poverty « Liam McHugh-Russell
    fiscal policy but it also provides a useful perspective on the Mott s strike A recent book from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett you can read a defence against their critics here has demonstrated the almost unbelievable numer of ways in which equality improves the lives of whole societies that is not just the poor the work of Johnson Rajan and Reich simply adds another reason to realize that the US has far from crossed the line from reasonable into irresponsible Some public advocacy groups have taken a hard tack on inequality yet public awareness on the causes of inequality have as of yet gained much less traction and policy responses seem focused on tax measures alone It is all well and good to focus on individuals and their earnings but ultimately distribution is a result as much if not more of the regulation of the market as it is of post income readjustment The Mott s strike demonstrates just one of the myriad ways in which corporations empowered and informed by legal rules and government policies are allowed to increase their share of the total economic pie It is this wealth which has increasingly found its way into the hands of America s richest If Americans want to do something about inequality and the crisis has shown that we all have a stake in America rebalancing its economic pie then they have to do more than raise taxes on the beneficiaries of corporate largesse They have to go after the largesse itself with policies which ensure a fairer distribution between business and workers in their common enterprise That requires a political strategy which focuses not only on the individual workers but on the larger economic ramifications of short term corporate policies It requires progressives not only to stand in

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  • I suppose that’s a profession I would like to be a part of… « Liam McHugh-Russell
    is of course aware of the role of the professor to as it were continually attempt to expose the tears in the wall between the philosophy of the state and philosophy proper that is the human philosophy of everyday life But so too is it the job of the law student And if one is fearless in their thinking if one can escape from the work a day practices of the profession which result if without conspiracy at distracting from this question if one is willing to risk which is not to say sacrifice the comfort and security of professional certainty and relative class privilege then so too can this be the role of the working lawyer The job of the law professor then is not just to expose the breach It is to put the pick in the hands of the profession itself August 11th 2010 Tags academia law philosophy politics teaching universities Category law 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 i q cite s strike strong Find Read

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  • philosophy « Liam McHugh-Russell
    s empire and it is one which should not be accepted lightly One is of course aware of the role of the professor to as it were continually attempt to expose the tears in the wall between the philosophy of the state and philosophy proper that is the human philosophy of everyday life But so too is it the job of the law student And if one is fearless in their thinking if one can escape from the work a day practices of the profession which result if without conspiracy at distracting from this question if one is willing to risk which is not to say sacrifice the comfort and security of professional certainty and relative class privilege then so too can this be the role of the working lawyer The job of the law professor then is not just to expose the breach It is to put the pick in the hands of the profession itself August 11th 2010 Tags academia law philosophy politics teaching universities Category law 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 Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself

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  • law « Liam McHugh-Russell
    easy I have spent much of the last week scanning the record of the last ten years of discussions at the ILO s Governing Body regarding the reform of standards and supervision processes These are discussions of process mind you not discussions leading to actual international standard setting What these discussions reveal is unsurprising action being taken and rules amended despite the absence of any consensus about problem definition Without compromise at the level of problem definition except for an agreement not to agree the unfortunate result is a set of processes which reflect multiple often incoherent logics Each party tries to convert their interest into a principle but neither principle prevails Such conflict of problem definition is just as likely to be reflected in international labour standards While it is true that the ILO Constitution sets out high level normative aims the relevance of international regimes relies on their possession not only of a goal but also an operative logic i e an understanding of how specific norms will be realized by the policy or standard in question Reading those Governing Body decisions has made clear to me that the resulting rules or procedures may actually embody conflicting norms which are inherent to the system not accidental the high level aims may be purposefully vague and multivalent and the resulting institutions may rely on multiple incoherent logics What a correct derivation from the resulting texts might look like in this type of situation is without question a non deterministic inquiry 1 The book is Raymond A Bauer Ithiel de Sola Pool and Lewis A Dexter American Business and Public Policy The Politics of Foreign Trade New York Atherton Press 1963 the review is Theodore Lowi American Business Public Policy Case Studies and Political Theory 1964 16 4 World Politics 677 June 16th 2011 Tags collective bargaining Fraser v Ontario freedom of association interantional labour law international law labour law law legal theory work Category law politics Leave a comment I suppose that s a profession I would like to be a part of Even if it is not immediately recognized as such Law as it is idealized by the new law student is the philosophy of state power Not in the explanatory sense of political science but quite literally the philosophy which the state itself cleaves to in the exercise of that power The idealistic among these students will join the ranks of the profession in the hopes that they might take part in contributing to this philosophy their own prejudices fantasies and ires But no matter how beneficial the edifice of the law or how lofty one s principles a tenuous bargain is involved in entering the walls of law s empire and it is one which should not be accepted lightly One is of course aware of the role of the professor to as it were continually attempt to expose the tears in the wall between the philosophy of the state and philosophy proper that is the

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  • Dear Professor Johnson « Liam McHugh-Russell
    sure it provides enough evidence to justify that interpretation Can you say more about why you think that Zizek is being glib Does his argument in the book following this quote support your reading This is especially important given that there is evidence that this wasn t his intention First he doesn t say so what if we return to totalitarianism he says so what if one is accused of being anti democratic and totalitarian Neither the accusation nor even a personal orientation would necessarily imply endorsement of a totalitarian politics The second though you have dismissed it out of hand is the use of inverted commas which suggest that it is only democracy as defined under liberal democratic coordinates an orientation to question of democracy you clearly don t endorse not democracy in the ideal which he is attempting to muddle There is further support for this more generous reading one could look outside the book to sources in which Zizek has unequivocally criticized the authoritarian tyranny of Socialist Bloc policies here in his review of The Lives of Others in which he suggests that western leftists could be easily be misled by the film about how bad the system was and here a video in which he says at 2 25 Let me make one point extremely clearly I think that the Communism of the 20th century more specifically all the network of phenomena we refer to as Stalinsim are maybe the worst ideological political ethical social and so on catastrophe in the history of humanity But it is perhaps fair to respond to such outside sources with an observation that Zizek is wont to hedge his bets I would have put these remarks in the comments but that doesn t seem to be possible on the Dissent website Looking forward to your next critique and if you find time some further thoughts on this specific example May 28th 2010 Tags Alan Johnson authoritarianmism democracy Dissent inverted commas politics Zizek Category politics 1 comment to Dear Professor Johnson Everett Wilson June 11 2010 at 1 45 pm Reply I shall conserve my argumentative energies for other matters As we both know I have some writing to do But honestly how dangerous can Zizek truly be in our world at this present conjuncture If every regime needs an ideal typical 1 Prince 2 Poet and 3 Philosopher to provide the polity with a renewable source of respective 1 machinations 2 interpretations and 3 evaluations I fail to see how Zizek could come to represent either the Poet or the Philosopher of our age He certainly is no Prince To the contrary if one wishes to call our current regime liberal however one chooses to hyphenate the word or add a prefix it would be more accurate to say that Obama is one of our leading Princes Lady Gaga is one of our leading Poets and Hayek is one of our leading Philosophers If one of the ends of critical

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