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  • Hayek « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the very complexity of the division of labour under modern conditions which makes competition the only method by which such co ordination can be adequately brought about One begins to understand in reading the neoliberal canon just what Strauss and his gang were on about when they suggested given the low likelihood that authors of Hayek s intelligence might accidentally contradict themselves so starkly that the only reasonable reading is one that receives such glaring errors as a demand to read between the lines in a search for what the author might really mean The unthinkable alternative of course would be that Hayek was a fool and one whose thinking has somehow come to seem inevitable October 1st 2015 Tags esoteric reading Hayek Leo Strauss neoliberalism road to serfdom Category culture economics 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 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

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  • Leo Strauss « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the very complexity of the division of labour under modern conditions which makes competition the only method by which such co ordination can be adequately brought about One begins to understand in reading the neoliberal canon just what Strauss and his gang were on about when they suggested given the low likelihood that authors of Hayek s intelligence might accidentally contradict themselves so starkly that the only reasonable reading is one that receives such glaring errors as a demand to read between the lines in a search for what the author might really mean The unthinkable alternative of course would be that Hayek was a fool and one whose thinking has somehow come to seem inevitable October 1st 2015 Tags esoteric reading Hayek Leo Strauss neoliberalism road to serfdom Category culture economics 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 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

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  • road to serfdom « Liam McHugh-Russell
    the very complexity of the division of labour under modern conditions which makes competition the only method by which such co ordination can be adequately brought about One begins to understand in reading the neoliberal canon just what Strauss and his gang were on about when they suggested given the low likelihood that authors of Hayek s intelligence might accidentally contradict themselves so starkly that the only reasonable reading is one that receives such glaring errors as a demand to read between the lines in a search for what the author might really mean The unthinkable alternative of course would be that Hayek was a fool and one whose thinking has somehow come to seem inevitable October 1st 2015 Tags esoteric reading Hayek Leo Strauss neoliberalism road to serfdom Category culture economics 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 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

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  • Liam McHugh-Russell
    More And now a rant from our sponsor March 26th 2015 Tags critique negation Oprah positive thinking positivity Theodor Adorno Category culture Uncategorized Leave a comment Like it means something James Gleick s The Information starts with a simultaneous appearance in 1948 both of the first transistor and the first scientific discussions of the bit as a fundamental unit of measurement Overall the book tells the story of how those two technologies the engineering breakthrough contained in that now ubiquitous miniaturized form of digital storage and the scientific paradigm shift of that now universal way of measuring just what is being stored conspired together to transform More Like it means something March 6th 2015 Tags facebook finance history history of science information James Gleick knowledge science science and technology studies Wall Street Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Cogs I ve got some pushback on my idea that the European Commission might be a place where it s ever possible to exercise ethics or transcend dehumanized institutional logics The point I was trying to take from Duncan Kennedy is that we cannot know until we have spent some times engaging with an organization whether it is so internally inflexible and on balance harmful that it should be resigned to the scrap heap of history Now More Cogs March 1st 2015 Category Uncategorized Leave a comment Make Work A friend who has the intellectual chops for academia charm enough for sales and the ethical heart of a British style social drama writes to ask if I would kill him if he told me he was entertaining thoughts of working for the European Commission The background here being not only that he s young enough to still be choosing a career but that he had previously expressed particular distaste for certain of those

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  • academia « Liam McHugh-Russell
    terrible things that we do to each other and the sense of loss that comes with trying to make it better When we try we feel not a sense of satisfaction but of having done too little Raoul Wallenberg hands out passports to Jews in Budapest and it is 1944 and it is 1945 and maybe he was a spy for the Americans and he dies in a soviet prison and these thousands of Jewish lives were saved and he hid them in buildings rented out 20 of them 30 of them and they had names like the Swedish Library and the Swedish Research Institute and they all had giant oversized Swedish flags hanging out front and it was just this open secret 10 20 25 000 jews with Swedish passports living inside these buildings in Budapest until the Soviet army showed up 6 months later He climbs on top of a train and the police are shooting at him and maybe they are trying to miss They don t hit him and he hands out dozens hundreds of passports to their upstretched hands and then the Germans let them out because you don t shoot the Swedes because they are neutral and it just doesn t make any sense But if you close your eyes you can kind of imagine it happening like it says here on wikipedia the Germans and the Arrow Cross were so dumbfounded they let him get away with it And you just kind of realize that you can try all you want to be that good and to make a difference like that and then and then and then It s just not reasonable to be the kind of breathless sensitive young person who at 14 watches Schindler s List and then just sits in the kitchen crying and just kind of chokes through sobbing breaths while his parents stare at him somewhat dumbfounded because maybe you remember that Schindler at the end says I could have done more and I this 14 year old can t even talk to them and then my sobbing turns to weeping and I look up at them It s awful because I have a hard time even believing it myself and it s not that I love who I am now but I do love who I was then because the whole world was open to him and he could have done anything he could have ridden a mule across the Andes become a champion kick boxer sailed to China and he I just never thought seriously about anything other than this at the time says through the tears I should be doing something I should be doing something and I just don t know what to do What if I don t do enough As if there was some measure Here is Howard Zinn reminding us that the world is backward because the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of it The United States has almost 3 million people under incarceration had in 2008 almost 1 5 million adults in prison and 100 000 youth in prison and here s the other thing they execute children who ve probably done terrible things and in many ways they re not children anymore by the time they get sentenced but the government puts them under sedation and then they give them painkillers and then they put poison into their blood streams and they never wake up And people say they should have known better but that s just it they didn t know better If they had known better they wouldn t have done it And the government poisons these young men and they are broken and we have failed them even if it s not your country or mine exactly They execute men who grew up sexually abused and burned and ignored and mistreated who have grown up crazy and twisted and dissociated and they do terrible things But if they are monsters did we make them that way and what s our duty to them now and if they aren t monsters then how can we kill them when they are defenceless And now 62 of Canadians say that they think we should have the death penalty for murder and people think there should be the death penalty for rapists just for good measure So in this old video Michael Ignatieff says in this clinical and detached way that we shouldn t have the death penalty in Canada because it s irrevocable like we might make a mistake and how can he be so cold What makes it so that he can have talked to these people in Iraq and in Kosovo and in Croatia and all he can say is with like surgical precision as you would say to someone 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

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  • Alan Johnson « Liam McHugh-Russell
    dismiss the problem out of hand but while obviously being a bit provocative to suggest that solutions to the problem lay in better understanding the nature of our anxiety That is I intended that the question be read in the register not of we should not be worried about it but in the register of what exactly is it as a matter of principle that we are worried about Your latest piece depends on an interpretation in the former register and I am not 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

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  • America « 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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  • andrew schank « 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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