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November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on · Uncategorized

Perhaps the most surprising fact in T-Bone’s ledgers was the incredibly low wage paid to the young members who did the dirtiest and most dangerous work: selling drugs on the street. According to T-Bone’s records, they barely earned minimum wage. For all their braggadocio, to say nothing of the peer pressure to spend money on […]

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Valuing Employment – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Valuing Employment – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Crime, Culture, Economics, Policy, Sociology

J.T. once asked me what sociologists had to say about gangs and inner-city poverty. I told him that some sociologists believed in a “culture of poverty”—that is, poor blacks didn’t work because they didn’t value employment as highly as other ethnic groups did, and they transmitted this attitude across generations. “So you want me to […]

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Long on the 1% – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Long on the 1% – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Economics, History, Policy

Springing another Long innovation on the Senate, he had prepared and mounted a number of charts showing the continuing concentration of wealth in the country, and as he explained the bills, he pointed in schoolmaster fashion to data on the charts. His speech was largely a rehash of things he had said before, but in […]

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A Part of the Equation – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on A Part of the Equation – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Economics, Electoralism, Policy, Progressive Politics

The minimum gesture was one that indicated recognition of the discontent the so-called ‘battlers’ felt. If their complaints derived more from unlovely envy than actual hardship, it was all the more urgent to recognise them. The political precondition of the social wage was public acceptance, and the public would only accept what seemed to be […]

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Prosperity – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua

February 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Prosperity – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua · China, Parenting, Quotes

There’s an old Chinese saying that “prosperity can never last for three generations. I think I actually agree with this one. At least understand it.

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Paul Keating on the Aussie Battler – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook

February 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Paul Keating on the Aussie Battler – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook · Australian Labor Party, Economics, Policy, Progressive Politics

“These people, they live on the ebb and flow of the economy, like kelp on the seashore. They can’t protect, they don’t have the personal wealth to protect themselves from the ups and downs of the economy. We’ve got to protect them.”

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