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  • The Rub « Liam McHugh-Russell
    if politics will go back to process to back and forth to the channeling of imagination through a frame that no matter how real the consequences can t help from being weighed down by its similarity to American idol I don t think that the Scots need to leave to feed this more expansive imaginative open idea of what democracy can be But being given the opportunity to think more openly about how to organize society aye there s the rub September 18th 2014 Category politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find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 collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law

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  • politics « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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 Dr Pepper is hurting America One could call a recent episode in which the employees at a Mott s factory in upstate New York s Williamson face a 1 50 an hour pay cut combined with other benefits reductions just another day in the continued American slide toward inequality Yet as noted by New York Times writer Steve Greenhouse the strike is interesting because the concessions are being demanded at at time when the parent company The Dr Pepper Snapple Group is showing healthy profits As noted by Leo Casey over at Dissent Magazine s blog there s nothing new about the race to the bottom which has undermined middle class incomes over the past 40 years Wages for the bottom 90 of the American workers have stagnated for the last 30 years at the expense of the wages of the top 10 That s 20 years of growth for which all of the benefits have flowed to society s richest There is no reasonable argument that this is fair data shows that the change can t be attributed to growing gaps in educational attainment Besides fairness however there is growing understanding backed up by evidence and theory that inequality is a large part of what caused the financial crisis Former chief economist at the IMF Simon Johnson lays out arguments to that effect from Robert Reich and Raghuram Rajan no economic slouches themselves While admitting the long term fiscal problems faced by the United States Johnson points out that the immeditate causes of the fiscal crunch was paying for the financial crisis one facilitated by 30 years of growing inequality Johnson s argument is about the implications of this understanding for US 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 solidarity with the striking workers but to point out to American independents fiscal conservatives and anyone willing to listen that is not only a matter of Mott s shortchanging handful of workers These policies and those like it have implications for American social outcomes global financial stability and the nation s fiscal health So even if it has the ring of comedy we have to start pointing out the greater truth of the matter much as John Stewart did when he called out the hosts of CrossFire it s not that the demand in Williamson for concessions are bad It s more than that Dr Pepper is hurting America 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 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

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  • Rule Thyself « Liam McHugh-Russell
    by the trial of Oscar Pistorius South Africa s famed blade runner for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp The full citation from Corinthians tattooed on Pistorius s upper back reads I do not run like a man running aimlessly I do not fight like a man beating the air I execute each stride with intent I beat my body and make it my slave I bring it under my complete subjection To keep myself from being disqualified After having called others to the contest The line about making my body my slave is not in most translations from Corinthians nor is subjection described as complete Pistorius was raising the stakes He was also punishing or even indicting himself And from a shorter piece on the causes of the recent rise in injuries in the NFL Advertisements are now composed entirely of jump cuts between rippling bodies yelling barking testifying to some endless purgatory of reps sets and routines Menacing homilies about commitment linger on screen to be joined by this model of shoe or that style of gear Every single day we hear Tom Brady chant stoically every single day as his image multiplied a thousandfold by technology drills relentlessly with itself perfectly in sync in a macabre echo of authoritarian spectacle You are the sum of all your training Under Armour threatens us before urging finally at the end Rule Yourself In its unalloyed praise for the eternal necessity of discipline the sports commercial is a worthy heir to Puritan austerity Excess physique is grace rewarded Lean muscle is proof that God loves us and wants us to be strong See There is something there There is also at a stretch a cute echo back to the molding of the self in the academic life in that

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  • Like it means something « Liam McHugh-Russell
    rambling thoughts on the subject I wrestle a lot with a similar set of transformations that occurred in the birth of finance as a discrete field I just took a three day seminar on the history of financial crises and no one but seemed to think it much mattered that finance didn t exist as a coherent object of reference until the 20th century and lacked much of its current valence until the 1970s Finance was a word that meant the means or capacity to pay one s debts and by the late 19th century also came to refer to careful thinking about income and expenses There was banking and banking failures money and currency crises public finance and power and territory reordered in the service of paying off royal debts But when the word gets used today it can t be disentangled from images of the Wolves of Wall Street can t help but act as mediator between the interest rates set by the Fed and the dividends paid out by Apple on which see JW Mason s solid analysis can t escape from a seemingly natural home in the markets For those in the know the constitution of finance inevitably depends in some inchoate way on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for those who don t the Basel Committee is just one part of an arcane object or one location in a country lying beyond the economic frontier necessary but dangerous complicated and obscure wild but tamable for those who have the right kind of knowledge But that obscurity results partially from a gradual expansion of referents over the last 200 years from a term with a narrow meaning little differentiable from bookkeeping to a bloated pastiche that includes practices which used to be derided as immoral speculation sold as insurance offered as opportunities for investment or understood as depositing money in a bank But it occurred to me today that the transformation of the world hand in hand with the transformation of the word is not always a process that s driven by the search for ordered scientific clarity Consider for example that for the generation born after 1998 there will never be a world without a like button In the interaction with facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It is is to make a mark in the world To like becomes not only to

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  • facebook « Liam McHugh-Russell
    trying to capture how policy makers and the state imagine capital including in my recent rambling thoughts on the subject I wrestle a lot with a similar set of transformations that occurred in the birth of finance as a discrete field I just took a three day seminar on the history of financial crises and no one but seemed to think it much mattered that finance didn t exist as a coherent object of reference until the 20th century and lacked much of its current valence until the 1970s Finance was a word that meant the means or capacity to pay one s debts and by the late 19th century also came to refer to careful thinking about income and expenses There was banking and banking failures money and currency crises public finance and power and territory reordered in the service of paying off royal debts But when the word gets used today it can t be disentangled from images of the Wolves of Wall Street can t help but act as mediator between the interest rates set by the Fed and the dividends paid out by Apple on which see JW Mason s solid analysis can t escape from a seemingly natural home in the markets For those in the know the constitution of finance inevitably depends in some inchoate way on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for those who don t the Basel Committee is just one part of an arcane object or one location in a country lying beyond the economic frontier necessary but dangerous complicated and obscure wild but tamable for those who have the right kind of knowledge But that obscurity results partially from a gradual expansion of referents over the last 200 years from a term with a narrow meaning little differentiable from bookkeeping to a bloated pastiche that includes practices which used to be derided as immoral speculation sold as insurance offered as opportunities for investment or understood as depositing money in a bank But it occurred to me today that the transformation of the world hand in hand with the transformation of the word is not always a process that s driven by the search for ordered scientific clarity Consider for example that for the generation born after 1998 there will never be a world without a like button In the interaction with facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It

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  • history « Liam McHugh-Russell
    trying to capture how policy makers and the state imagine capital including in my recent rambling thoughts on the subject I wrestle a lot with a similar set of transformations that occurred in the birth of finance as a discrete field I just took a three day seminar on the history of financial crises and no one but seemed to think it much mattered that finance didn t exist as a coherent object of reference until the 20th century and lacked much of its current valence until the 1970s Finance was a word that meant the means or capacity to pay one s debts and by the late 19th century also came to refer to careful thinking about income and expenses There was banking and banking failures money and currency crises public finance and power and territory reordered in the service of paying off royal debts But when the word gets used today it can t be disentangled from images of the Wolves of Wall Street can t help but act as mediator between the interest rates set by the Fed and the dividends paid out by Apple on which see JW Mason s solid analysis can t escape from a seemingly natural home in the markets For those in the know the constitution of finance inevitably depends in some inchoate way on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for those who don t the Basel Committee is just one part of an arcane object or one location in a country lying beyond the economic frontier necessary but dangerous complicated and obscure wild but tamable for those who have the right kind of knowledge But that obscurity results partially from a gradual expansion of referents over the last 200 years from a term with a narrow meaning little differentiable from bookkeeping to a bloated pastiche that includes practices which used to be derided as immoral speculation sold as insurance offered as opportunities for investment or understood as depositing money in a bank But it occurred to me today that the transformation of the world hand in hand with the transformation of the word is not always a process that s driven by the search for ordered scientific clarity Consider for example that for the generation born after 1998 there will never be a world without a like button In the interaction with facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It

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  • history of science « Liam McHugh-Russell
    trying to capture how policy makers and the state imagine capital including in my recent rambling thoughts on the subject I wrestle a lot with a similar set of transformations that occurred in the birth of finance as a discrete field I just took a three day seminar on the history of financial crises and no one but seemed to think it much mattered that finance didn t exist as a coherent object of reference until the 20th century and lacked much of its current valence until the 1970s Finance was a word that meant the means or capacity to pay one s debts and by the late 19th century also came to refer to careful thinking about income and expenses There was banking and banking failures money and currency crises public finance and power and territory reordered in the service of paying off royal debts But when the word gets used today it can t be disentangled from images of the Wolves of Wall Street can t help but act as mediator between the interest rates set by the Fed and the dividends paid out by Apple on which see JW Mason s solid analysis can t escape from a seemingly natural home in the markets For those in the know the constitution of finance inevitably depends in some inchoate way on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for those who don t the Basel Committee is just one part of an arcane object or one location in a country lying beyond the economic frontier necessary but dangerous complicated and obscure wild but tamable for those who have the right kind of knowledge But that obscurity results partially from a gradual expansion of referents over the last 200 years from a term with a narrow meaning little differentiable from bookkeeping to a bloated pastiche that includes practices which used to be derided as immoral speculation sold as insurance offered as opportunities for investment or understood as depositing money in a bank But it occurred to me today that the transformation of the world hand in hand with the transformation of the word is not always a process that s driven by the search for ordered scientific clarity Consider for example that for the generation born after 1998 there will never be a world without a like button In the interaction with facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It

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  • information « Liam McHugh-Russell
    trying to capture how policy makers and the state imagine capital including in my recent rambling thoughts on the subject I wrestle a lot with a similar set of transformations that occurred in the birth of finance as a discrete field I just took a three day seminar on the history of financial crises and no one but seemed to think it much mattered that finance didn t exist as a coherent object of reference until the 20th century and lacked much of its current valence until the 1970s Finance was a word that meant the means or capacity to pay one s debts and by the late 19th century also came to refer to careful thinking about income and expenses There was banking and banking failures money and currency crises public finance and power and territory reordered in the service of paying off royal debts But when the word gets used today it can t be disentangled from images of the Wolves of Wall Street can t help but act as mediator between the interest rates set by the Fed and the dividends paid out by Apple on which see JW Mason s solid analysis can t escape from a seemingly natural home in the markets For those in the know the constitution of finance inevitably depends in some inchoate way on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for those who don t the Basel Committee is just one part of an arcane object or one location in a country lying beyond the economic frontier necessary but dangerous complicated and obscure wild but tamable for those who have the right kind of knowledge But that obscurity results partially from a gradual expansion of referents over the last 200 years from a term with a narrow meaning little differentiable from bookkeeping to a bloated pastiche that includes practices which used to be derided as immoral speculation sold as insurance offered as opportunities for investment or understood as depositing money in a bank But it occurred to me today that the transformation of the world hand in hand with the transformation of the word is not always a process that s driven by the search for ordered scientific clarity Consider for example that for the generation born after 1998 there will never be a world without a like button In the interaction with facebook like as verb takes on an active social sense slightly askew from its prior usages When I was 15 years old liking Radiohead meant I possessed a preference that was stationary inert and internal ready to be dragooned into action only once I was forced to choose between alternatives a thing I might take out to to show a potential friend or choose to keep to myself a feeling that related me as much to myself as to a network of my teenage classmates To like something in the facebook era by contrast not only to have something but is in the stronger sense to act It

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