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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popular culture United States US politics Category politics Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Website You can use these HTML tags a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em

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  • The Will to Power at Qatar Airways « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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 of the

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  • Dr. Pepper is hurting America « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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

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  • Dr. Pepper is hurting America « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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

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  • Dr. Pepper is hurting America « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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

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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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  • Dear Professor Johnson « Liam McHugh-Russell
    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 theory is

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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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