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  • war « Liam McHugh-Russell
    tell him that I have decided to spend some time thinking and I tell him some of the things that I have been thinking about and some of the things that I have been reading He puts his hands behind his head for a moment and then he chuckles and then he screws up his forehead He says Hmm and he says this is like a desert island book and he says I say it s not like a desert island book because I have time and he says before I finish Beethoven s sonatas And I say I don t read music and he says the full collection of Walker Evans and I say I don t know who that is and he tells me about Walker Evans who narrated by photograph the death of the American farm And he says you want something with words And I say well and he says Paradise Lost and well I guess I was hoping he would say Kelsen who could tell me how they pretend the law is supposed to work Or Bourdieu who would tell me where the law sits inside everything else Or some political theorist or legal theorist I hadn t heard of or some other one that I know about but don t really know about And now I am downloading 33 sonatas on 9 cds and I am looking at Walker Evans and then I finished the Last Samurai and now instead of writing a book about Burma which is a story that someone else is telling already I have to write about Job and how we can t know God s will and so we can t presume to know whether anyone deserves what they get and I have to write about humanitarian intervention because if we are going to demand the impossible then we should demand an impossible that doesn t require us to drop bombs on people s heads and I am going to have to write an essay in which I ask and try to answer what makes Dan Deacon work and then I am going to have to spend 33 hours or so trying to listen to Beethoven and I am going to have to read Paradise Lost and I am going to have to try to tie it all together because that s what being honest about the question what am I supposed to do means It means that I can t presuppose that any of this stuff doesn t matter to that question I tell Rod about Wallenberg or that I plan to use Wallenberg in something and he says or who they say he was And I say but I don t want to use Wallenberg I just want to use what they say about Wallenberg And he says well but we should celebrate the story and not the person and I say yes exactly because for me it is the story that matters it s a good story and he says well yes but what if so was Mein Kampf And I think for a tiny second that maybe we need to be sure that I need to be more sure than just it s a good story But then I can t think of any way to be more sure than that so I say but my story is better and he says yes and then he says that s the right answer So I try and commit to writing better stories but I know they ll never be good enough and it s almost as if you could die But you can t because well then why bother with all that blue and gold February 11th 2010 Tags academia art doubt ethics Holocaust Hungary law literature politics Sweden Category politics war Leave a comment proportional rep and a good first step If democracy works at all and MMP fails we can just kick the bums out and go back to our charming ineffective tradition The core argument underlying my support for the proportional representation proposal being put to the vote on October 10th which will with luck drag Ontario politics out of the 17 th century and into the 21 st is laid out in the Ultra Vires here Questionable title aside included here are the sources and further discussion promise in the authornote To an accusation of intellectual dishonesty received for this criticism of Urqhuart which now includes a link to the original article where I maintain he relies more on name calling and misrepresentation than argument Besides those like Ian Urquhart who seem to get starry eyed over the charms of any tradition no matter how ineffective the institution I depend on statements such as these The system can lead to permanent minority governments and a proliferation of fringe parties which in the middle a news article describing the new proposal as radical seems to fall short of reasonable standards of journalism or argument for that matter especially when as I stated in the piece the proliferation of minority parliaments under proportional systems is debatable Perhaps more blame might be laid on the Star s editorial board than on Mr Urquhart who has remained silent on the issue for at least four months especially since I view Mr Urquhart s opinions as generally insightful and well informed To the core of the argument some might disagree on the nature of democracy itself but that s worthy of a much longer article However even given support for the idea that debate deliberation and consideration are as much if not more important to democracy than plurality voting systems unfortunately doesn t dispose of the advisability of switching systems Here repeated are the two strongest arguments against the October 10th proposal First because the system will use party lists MPPs may be less accountable to the local constituency associations which this coalition somehow believes holds sway now And because of the debatably higher likelihood of minority

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  • Flexibily or Arbitrarily? « Liam McHugh-Russell
    unions to periodically move a certain number of temporary workers onto its permanent payroll and in light of this agreement he simply ignored the temporary help violations His reasoning he explained was that the goal of the temporary help restrictions was to expand permanent employment and he thought he would be unable to obtain more permanent jobs by enforcing the existing regulation than by tolerating the admittedly illegal informal arrangement with the union The law he pointed out is a means not an end in itself My friend Sean is an ardent opponent of laws which are selectively enforced He uses the example of drug laws which end up being applied so that the aggregate result is obviously racist So where s the middle ground There s a PhD thesis in there just waiting to be written March 17th 2010 Tags andrew schank boston review labour law latin america law michael piore productivity 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 This

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  • latin america « Liam McHugh-Russell
    excessively on temporary employees He also knew however that it had an informal agreement with its unions to periodically move a certain number of temporary workers onto its permanent payroll and in light of this agreement he simply ignored the temporary help violations His reasoning he explained was that the goal of the temporary help restrictions was to expand permanent employment and he thought he would be unable to obtain more permanent jobs by enforcing the existing regulation than by tolerating the admittedly illegal informal arrangement with the union The law he pointed out is a means not an end in itself My friend Sean is an ardent opponent of laws which are selectively enforced He uses the example of drug laws which end up being applied so that the aggregate result is obviously racist So where s the middle ground There s a PhD thesis in there just waiting to be written March 17th 2010 Tags andrew schank boston review labour law latin america law michael piore productivity 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

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  • Am I a writer? « Liam McHugh-Russell
    choosing a way of living of choosing a way of seeing I reflect on Camus who suggests the opposite the bottomless reflectivity of meaning gives us the impossible burden the irreplacable gift of making just that choice In writing as in living we must start by asking why I read Aleksandar Hemon in the Believer I want a book to contain a world indeed the world Writing is my main means of engagement with the world and I want the scars of that engagement to be left in the language I write and read with the assumption that literature contains knowledge of human experience that is not available otherwise I see a clue in those words A defense even of serious academic writing Is that all it takes to be a writer I try to imagine writing without the assumption the faith that what I write or will write contains knowledge of the human experience that is not available otherwise I read in Wittgenstein a philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations I wonder if I can be a writer if I might elucidate I try to commit to showing the scars of my engagment with the world I hope to earn the scars themselves January 28th 2010 Tags anthropology literature narrative science writing Category Uncategorized 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

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  • narrative « Liam McHugh-Russell
    that choice In writing as in living we must start by asking why I read Aleksandar Hemon in the Believer I want a book to contain a world indeed the world Writing is my main means of engagement with the world and I want the scars of that engagement to be left in the language I write and read with the assumption that literature contains knowledge of human experience that is not available otherwise I see a clue in those words A defense even of serious academic writing Is that all it takes to be a writer I try to imagine writing without the assumption the faith that what I write or will write contains knowledge of the human experience that is not available otherwise I read in Wittgenstein a philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations I wonder if I can be a writer if I might elucidate I try to commit to showing the scars of my engagment with the world I hope to earn the scars themselves January 28th 2010 Tags anthropology literature narrative science writing Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed

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  • Corner Shop « Liam McHugh-Russell
    businesses are just that small businesses Essential to the economy but not engines of growth Small business owners don t generally have some better way of doing some old thing they don t usually plan to grow and they aren t motivated for the most part by a desire to work harder and reap more of the reward but simply by the desire to work at their own pace The undercurrent here these are University of Chicago economists after all is that there is no market failure which small business subsidies actually address Their point is that small businesses are a terrible proxy for innovative firms labour intensive production and services and growth industries Thus small business benefits are market distorting not market correcting The first problem with the conclusion is one of research design they don t have a negative case They are studying the intentions and outcomes in a US small business sector which already benefits from a network of subsidies and tax benefits The relevant question isn t given existing subsidies what portion of the small business sector is innovative It s without these subsidies would the economy as a whole see lower employment growth and less innovation I don t think they ve provided relevant data to answer that question The other problem I have with their conclusions turns on their narrow definition of market failure Now for the most part they are responding to a certain set of arguments so this isn t a failing of the paper so much as of the entire discussion Because the discussion seems to discount the overall social benefit of a rich ecology of small businesses One of the market failures which small business subsidies can provide is that the market doesn t necessarily make a city liveable because

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  • Erik Hurst « Liam McHugh-Russell
    order role in the business formation decision In other words most small businesses are just that small businesses Essential to the economy but not engines of growth Small business owners don t generally have some better way of doing some old thing they don t usually plan to grow and they aren t motivated for the most part by a desire to work harder and reap more of the reward but simply by the desire to work at their own pace The undercurrent here these are University of Chicago economists after all is that there is no market failure which small business subsidies actually address Their point is that small businesses are a terrible proxy for innovative firms labour intensive production and services and growth industries Thus small business benefits are market distorting not market correcting The first problem with the conclusion is one of research design they don t have a negative case They are studying the intentions and outcomes in a US small business sector which already benefits from a network of subsidies and tax benefits The relevant question isn t given existing subsidies what portion of the small business sector is innovative It s without these subsidies would the economy as a whole see lower employment growth and less innovation I don t think they ve provided relevant data to answer that question The other problem I have with their conclusions turns on their narrow definition of market failure Now for the most part they are responding to a certain set of arguments so this isn t a failing of the paper so much as of the entire discussion Because the discussion seems to discount the overall social benefit of a rich ecology of small businesses One of the market failures which small business subsidies can provide

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  • city « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the proportional representation proposal being put to the vote on October 10th which will with luck drag Ontario politics out of the 17 th century and into the 21 st is laid out in the Ultra Vires here Questionable title aside included here are the sources and further discussion promise in the authornote To an accusation of intellectual dishonesty received for this criticism of Urqhuart which now includes a link to the original article where I maintain he relies more on name calling and misrepresentation than argument Besides those like Ian Urquhart who seem to get starry eyed over the charms of any tradition no matter how ineffective the institution I depend on statements such as these The system can lead to permanent minority governments and a proliferation of fringe parties which in the middle a news article describing the new proposal as radical seems to fall short of reasonable standards of journalism or argument for that matter especially when as I stated in the piece the proliferation of minority parliaments under proportional systems is debatable Perhaps more blame might be laid on the Star s editorial board than on Mr Urquhart who has remained silent on the issue for at least four months especially since I view Mr Urquhart s opinions as generally insightful and well informed To the core of the argument some might disagree on the nature of democracy itself but that s worthy of a much longer article However even given support for the idea that debate deliberation and consideration are as much if not more important to democracy than plurality voting systems unfortunately doesn t dispose of the advisability of switching systems Here repeated are the two strongest arguments against the October 10th proposal First because the system will use party lists MPPs may be less accountable to the local constituency associations which this coalition somehow believes holds sway now And because of the debatably higher likelihood of minority governments under the new system they rail against the power that might be held by small parties while discounting the unrepresentative sway held in the current system by large parties The real weakness of the proposal the difficulty of almost any proportional representation system is in choosing who gets the seats not allotted by local election Clearly opposition to party lists is about more than just accountability While supporting principled leadership over administrative efficiency Lorne argues that party lists will only exacerbate the as yet unquenched tendencies of parties toward corruption nepotism and personality cultism fed by a power seeking motive which will only become more lucrative under the new proposal Instead of inspired voices willing to spark public debate lists will quickly fill with Machiavellian autocrats and a coterie of clashing sycophants Underlying a belief in this process is a clearly identifiable incentive with guaranteed access to at least partial power politics inside every party will start to become personality based with those close to the core winning the spoils almost guaranteed seats This guy

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