Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
In glancing at various Mandela discussions, I'm fascinated by how un-selfaware the country is with respect to our relationship with political violence. Even leaving aside that fact that it's always awesome when we do it, it's "amusing" that Mandela must be either a Gandhi-like pacifist or be an evildoer terrorist. And in the next sentence we'll discuss just how many arms we'll send to various groups involved in various civil wars that we basically don't understand.
by Atrios at 14:41
I live in a pretty big house. 2100 sq. ft plus a finished basement and roof deck (and small back porch). If you turned it into a surface parking lot you could maybe fit 5 cars on the lot without an active attendant, although you'd lose the spot out front to a curb cut. I get that people who live in the suburbs don't understand the fundamentals of urban math - that there really isn't room for all the cars - but that people who live here don't either drives me nuts.
by Atrios at 12:11
It's not just that unequal income distributions are just, well, you know, bad. And that it's worse that working hard and following the rules doesn't work so well anymore.
But what's getting lost in the ZOMG, inequality! discussion is that supply-side and austerity policy regimes have lowered growth rates--that the result has been idle capital and idle labor sacrificed to the confidence fairies. Every economist is supposed to agree that more growth is better than less. Policies that increase inequality AND lower growth rates should be uniformly rejected by Serious People and politicians alike.
The only thing worse than crappy wages is not being able to get a job at crappy wages, while factories degrade and earthmovers rust.
by Jay Ackroyd (@jayackroyd) at 09:12