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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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Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Politics, Power, Social Psychology, Sociology

That a tenant leader—one who was respected by politicians, shop owners, the police, and others—would praise a crack gang and work so closely with its leader made me realize just how desperate people could become in the projects. But I was learning that Ms. Bailey’s compromising position also arose out of her own personal ambitions: […]

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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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Go To Poor People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Go To Poor People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

If you’re in trouble or hurt or need—go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help—the only ones.

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Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

In 1934 (Upton Sinclair) abandoned the Socialist Party and then entered the Democratic Party Primary for governor. He reasoned that a Socialist could not get elected; he had to win an election before he could enact a single policy. He based his campaign on a utopian novel he had just written, called, I, Governor of […]

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Housing in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Housing in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Humanism, India, Love, Parenting

For the vast majority of families in Bombay – seventy-three per cent, according to the 1990 census – home consists of only one room, for living, for sleeping, for cooking, for dining. The average is 4.7 persons to a room; Girish’s family exceeds this by 2.3 persons. The furniture of the room changes continuously, through […]

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The Rent Act – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Rent Act – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Economics, Ideology, Policy, Progressive Politics

When World War II ended, another catastrophe struck Bombay in the form of the Bombay Rents, Hotel Rates, and lodging House Rates Control Act of 1947 – popularly known as the Rent Act. Bombay is still recovering from the legislative blast. Enacted in 1948, the act froze the rents on all buildings leased at the […]

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After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Ideology, India, Progressive Politics, Socialism

In the post-Marxist age, we can no longer believe that redistribution solves anything, that making the rich poorer will make the poor richer. It is the death not just of ideology but of ideas. Nothing in the national debate has nay strong conviction. On the right, a vague belief in foreign investment; on the left, […]

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Holes in Your Shoes – “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob Ellis

September 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Holes in Your Shoes – “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob Ellis · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Citing John Upton from “The Warhorse”: ‘We have an old Labor saying: If you’ve never had holes in your shoes, you dunno what it’s like’

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