19 November 2011

Digest 25 Nov 2011

For the Love of Money | Fearsome Tycoon | Inequality Thought Experiment

Via Fourth Checkraise, as are many of these.  In fact I've taken the long-overdue step of adding a permanent link to the sidebar as part of my minor redesign

Cracked | John Cheese | 5 Ways We Ruined the Occupy Wall Street Generation

I agree with a lot of this, but older generations didn't do this to people my age. We're perfectly capable of making our own decisions about the value of manual labor, for instance. Yeah, older generations failed to help instill productive attitudes, but at the end of the day your attitudes and beliefs are your own responsibility, not your elders.

The NY Times | David Brooks | The Inequality Map
Academic inequality is socially acceptable. [...]

Ancestor inequality is not socially acceptable. [...]

Fitness inequality is acceptable. [...]

Moral fitness inequality is unacceptable. [...]
People who say they want to reduce inequality usually are more interested in trying to replace one form of inequality with another, ie shifting focus from a dimension where there is inequality and they are on the short end of the distribution to a dimension where there is inequality but they are on the top end of the distribution.

See also: WSJ | Megan McArdle | Spend It or Save It?

Coyote Blog | Warren Meyer | My Questions for Chu

Again, one important question is "Should the government be doing things to "help" like these failing DOE loan programs?"

But regardless of your answer tot hat question, there is an equally important follow-up: "Is the government any good at these sorts of programs?"

I see plenty of people who answer yes to both or no to both, but very few people who answer yes and no. I trust people who are willing to mix answers on this matter.

Legal Insurrection | Matthew Knee | How Would They View Occupy Planned Parenthood? A Proposed Paradigm For Protest Propriety
my generation seems not ti realize that civil disobedience entails opposing an unjust law by breaking it. In doing so, the protester benefits his cause by taking the punishment to call attention to its injustice and gain sympathy. Civil disobedience does not mean, as Team OWS and many others of my generation believe, that you can do whatever you want as long as you are sufficiently self-righteous about it.

They also seem not to understand that sit-ins and similar forms of civil disobedience were particularly appropriate during the civil right movement because not being allowed to sit certain places was a key policy they were actually protesting. Simply asserting the right to “occupy” any space, disrupt any event, block traffic, or trespass, vandalize, or defecate on any home, business, or public place is either “civil disobedience” against property rights in general, or against the very idea that laws apply to them.
Ric's Rulez | America Has Gotten Lazy
…at least according to the President. [...]

It isn’t true. What’s happening is that people are working more virtuously — in Socialist class-warfare terms.
Forbes | Tim Worstall | Jobs Are a Cost Not a Benefit

The American Interest | Walter Russell Mead | Listen Up, Boomers: The Backlash Has Begun

I would tally up a different list of failings from the leaders of the Boomer generation than Mead does, but the overall indictment is true.

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