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  • public « Liam McHugh-Russell
    brusque treatment and an intention to rub out the underlying phenomena There is nothing a priori inaccurate about using the phrase to refer only to retroactive condemnation of criminality yet no washing liquid no matter how caustic could claim to be tough on stains unless it effectively reduced the sign of such stains In saying they are tough on crime the Harper government attempts to cover the field The language they use implies both approbation and activism painting the opposition as indolent and inattentive The Canadian press in turn does a poor job of challenging those using tough on crime language or of critiquing its use by placing it in the context of either criminology research and discussion of criminal justice ethics The result is occlusion of a debate about whether we should value criminal policy which gives victims justice by appropriately punishing perpetrators or social policy likely to reduce the number of victims Shouldn t politicians interested in good policy want to speak with nuance depth and complexity about their proposals their likely outcomes and the values represented in those choices They might but when one faces a press without the time effort or energy to report on those nuances the politician likely to grab the headline is the one who speaks in headlines In part Harper s government speaks in tough on crime language because the press is willing to report it that way My thinking is that we need ways of having the real debates which sidesteps the evasions perpetrated by the political class and facilitated by the press Here s the conclusion from the first draft of the proposal which gives a sense of my intuition the promotion of public knowledge is the most if not the only effective method of intervening in the toxic relationship

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  • politics « Liam McHugh-Russell
    who suggests that maybe the engine needs replacing that well that seems a pretty rash measure Why can t he just say with his head tilted that we can t take it upon ourselves to kill people to purposefully snuff out their life when they want to live we can t do it because it s wrong because it s wrong because it s wrong And I know that the answer is the same as the answer to why there are now almost 1 in 100 Americans incarcerated and yet none of them are George Bush or Dick Cheney Because those of us who engage ourselves in politics just have to accept the political expediency of if you kill 600 000 people in an unnecessary war and hold people without trial and then empower people to torture them then you get paid 400 a ticket to speak but in California if you shoplift three times you go to jail for life Thousands and thousands of people are in prison for minor drug related offences and yes drugs are horrible for a lot of people but then how is Tony Blair is a free man And you struggle every day with the question what am I supposed to do and then you read too much and you watch too many movies and you listen to too much music and you find that you can talk about anything and you can talk at length about the qualities of any of this litany of things You learn from Bourdieu that taste is a product of class and privilege and yet you believe that the art the literature the music matters that it is right that you haven t just soaked up the preferences of your parents And yet There are these moments in books where Gatsby s boat beats on against the current ceaselessly into the past and now here in Helen DeWitt we have this just incredible tour de force a book that starts strong and almost every page is better and better and reading it makes you want to be better Because her candidates are not better at they are simply one after the other better The hero is the hero by becoming not by being already And next I visit Rod who s is really no slouch himself when it comes to just being impressive and prolific and thoughtful and I am only 90 of the way through her DeWitt s book and take a breath it s called The Last Samurai and I ask Rod what should I read I want to know about the law I want to understand what it is I am supposed to do and what it has to do with the law and how we can be good and how we can make this place we live better I am complicit in its shortcomings and we are all complicit in them and we could do so much better than all of this suffering I

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  • We’re All Capitalists Now « Liam McHugh-Russell
    again Having 60 percent of national income go to labor incomes could reflect perfect equality with 60 percent of the population equally sharing labor incomes and the other 40 percent equally sharing property incomes Or it could mean horrific inequality if the 60 percent going to labor were shared by everyone except one propertied ruling family Of course one doesn t need such extreme hypotheticals to make the point In today s industrialized economies many if not most workers actually rely solely on income from capital for the last 10 25 of their lives i e when they are retired In such societies one way that returns on labour could fall is if workers all decided to to be richer in their retirement than during their working years i e to save more in the early days and spend more on the backend Of course to say we are all capitalists now does not deny the massive inequality in the holding of wealth or that some are for all intents and purposes wholly excluded from any ownership of the commonweal But it does demand that we shift attention away from abstract class categories toward questions of actual distribution and how economic structures impact on its evolution Lindert s first example points to a very different problem In most people s minds what Marx called exploitation the idea that some were able to get an income from the social weal without working was synonymous with the immiseration of the working classes Yet one possible future one that concerns some proponents of a basic income is a world in which there is a reasonable level of income equality but in which only some people have access to or choose to get additional benefits derivable from work It seems unlikely that workers in

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  • Inconceivable! « Liam McHugh-Russell
    democratic potential and to brand new never before seen processes can get pretty tiring Jill Lepore at The New Yorker has done a pretty devestating take down of the disruption discourse attacking head on the idea that economic change proceeds in big leaps rather than incremental steps Peter Frase at Jacobin points out that those most committed to disruption get cold feet when the disruptions aren t derived from a tech enabled business model Evgeny Morozov has made his career skewering those with a growing religious faith that more tech means everything is better for everyone and if he can be accused of throwing out the baby with the bathwater part of the reason is that there is just so so much dirty bathwater There are lots of reasons to be happy about increased access to certain financial services Bringing down the prices of life insurance and small business loans could put them within the reach of people who didn t otherwise have access to them That could make their lives better Al Erian may be right that technological change will reduce the cost of financial intermediation while providing for fairer risk pooling outcomes and better credit underwriting But here s the thing cell phones are now within the reach of almost everyone and it hasn t made society more democratic Buzzfeed may have displaced community newspapers but I can t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can Al Erian keep using this word empowerment to describe things like kickstarter Kiva and

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  • disruption « Liam McHugh-Russell
    any attempt to manage their social consequences at all Tackling these claims to disruption democratic potential and to brand new never before seen processes can get pretty tiring Jill Lepore at The New Yorker has done a pretty devestating take down of the disruption discourse attacking head on the idea that economic change proceeds in big leaps rather than incremental steps Peter Frase at Jacobin points out that those most committed to disruption get cold feet when the disruptions aren t derived from a tech enabled business model Evgeny Morozov has made his career skewering those with a growing religious faith that more tech means everything is better for everyone and if he can be accused of throwing out the baby with the bathwater part of the reason is that there is just so so much dirty bathwater There are lots of reasons to be happy about increased access to certain financial services Bringing down the prices of life insurance and small business loans could put them within the reach of people who didn t otherwise have access to them That could make their lives better Al Erian may be right that technological change will reduce the cost of financial intermediation while providing for fairer risk pooling outcomes and better credit underwriting But here s the thing cell phones are now within the reach of almost everyone and it hasn t made society more democratic Buzzfeed may have displaced community newspapers but I can t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can

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  • inconceivable « Liam McHugh-Russell
    any attempt to manage their social consequences at all Tackling these claims to disruption democratic potential and to brand new never before seen processes can get pretty tiring Jill Lepore at The New Yorker has done a pretty devestating take down of the disruption discourse attacking head on the idea that economic change proceeds in big leaps rather than incremental steps Peter Frase at Jacobin points out that those most committed to disruption get cold feet when the disruptions aren t derived from a tech enabled business model Evgeny Morozov has made his career skewering those with a growing religious faith that more tech means everything is better for everyone and if he can be accused of throwing out the baby with the bathwater part of the reason is that there is just so so much dirty bathwater There are lots of reasons to be happy about increased access to certain financial services Bringing down the prices of life insurance and small business loans could put them within the reach of people who didn t otherwise have access to them That could make their lives better Al Erian may be right that technological change will reduce the cost of financial intermediation while providing for fairer risk pooling outcomes and better credit underwriting But here s the thing cell phones are now within the reach of almost everyone and it hasn t made society more democratic Buzzfeed may have displaced community newspapers but I can t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can

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  • Mohamed A. El-Erian « Liam McHugh-Russell
    any attempt to manage their social consequences at all Tackling these claims to disruption democratic potential and to brand new never before seen processes can get pretty tiring Jill Lepore at The New Yorker has done a pretty devestating take down of the disruption discourse attacking head on the idea that economic change proceeds in big leaps rather than incremental steps Peter Frase at Jacobin points out that those most committed to disruption get cold feet when the disruptions aren t derived from a tech enabled business model Evgeny Morozov has made his career skewering those with a growing religious faith that more tech means everything is better for everyone and if he can be accused of throwing out the baby with the bathwater part of the reason is that there is just so so much dirty bathwater There are lots of reasons to be happy about increased access to certain financial services Bringing down the prices of life insurance and small business loans could put them within the reach of people who didn t otherwise have access to them That could make their lives better Al Erian may be right that technological change will reduce the cost of financial intermediation while providing for fairer risk pooling outcomes and better credit underwriting But here s the thing cell phones are now within the reach of almost everyone and it hasn t made society more democratic Buzzfeed may have displaced community newspapers but I can t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can

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  • Princess Bride « Liam McHugh-Russell
    any attempt to manage their social consequences at all Tackling these claims to disruption democratic potential and to brand new never before seen processes can get pretty tiring Jill Lepore at The New Yorker has done a pretty devestating take down of the disruption discourse attacking head on the idea that economic change proceeds in big leaps rather than incremental steps Peter Frase at Jacobin points out that those most committed to disruption get cold feet when the disruptions aren t derived from a tech enabled business model Evgeny Morozov has made his career skewering those with a growing religious faith that more tech means everything is better for everyone and if he can be accused of throwing out the baby with the bathwater part of the reason is that there is just so so much dirty bathwater There are lots of reasons to be happy about increased access to certain financial services Bringing down the prices of life insurance and small business loans could put them within the reach of people who didn t otherwise have access to them That could make their lives better Al Erian may be right that technological change will reduce the cost of financial intermediation while providing for fairer risk pooling outcomes and better credit underwriting But here s the thing cell phones are now within the reach of almost everyone and it hasn t made society more democratic Buzzfeed may have displaced community newspapers but I can t see how that makes things more democratic The last 40 years of financial innovation brought us near unprecedented levels of wealth inequality and the largest economic crisis since the 1930s Why would anyone believe that the next 40 years of financial innovation are going to automatically create a utopia of equal democratic citizenship How can

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