John Hatton circa 2012: The system of funding universities prevented us from getting it started at Wollongong University and I understand that that system is going to change. Professor Stephen Hill knows more about that than I do. My frustration is how to get someone to take up those ideas and have some influence A conversation with an Australian Living Treasure
John Hatton recalls ordeal of Winchester corruption case
New ranking of how transparent the think tanks are
Research finds multinationals pay half statutory corporate tax rate
Supreme Court Eliminates Political Corruption! (By Defining It Out of Existence) Intercept
Infans economicus: Is There Something Disturbing About How Babies Respond to Incentives?
Inside the Taft Court: Lessons from the Docket Books." Law professor Barry Cushman has posted this interesting article online at SSRN.
TSA as Example of Privatization Playbook: Make an Agency Perform Badly By Underfunding It….
The TSA is a perfect target for privatization, since even at the best of times, it is not well liked. Who wants to be subjected to security theater like taking your shoes off? But this article provides an important overview of how various government functions are made incompetent by cutting their budgets without reducing their duties. That plays into the popular narrative that of course the private sector would be more “efficient” when the evidence is strongly supports the view that private sector contractors treat privatization as an opportunity for looting (contracting in the Iraq War was an extreme case, but there are plent of others, such as privatization of parking meters in Chicago and toll roads). Socialising Losses and Privitising Profits
“Facts are often biased against Donald Trump and should be used sparingly in reporting, if at all. ...Fact-checking is at best gauche and at worst treasonous. What is fact? Donald Trump speaks truth, which is bigger than fact.” — Alexandra Petri, humor columnist for the Washington PostAs the world becomes more interconnected and national politics more complex, informed decision-making – in the corridors of Westminster and elsewhere — has never been more necessary. Citizens require political leaders who can lead: individuals who understand the importance of thinking ahead, accountability, consultation, deliberation and making decisions that are right even when they are not popular Britain's Bregret Offers Timely Lessons for Australian voters this weekend
Anxieties about democracy — the electorate is an ignorant and fickle mob — are as old as democracy itself. Mary Beard on the problem with people power... People Power Rocks ...
Democratic Audit UK, 12/6/16. The key terms that I believe best describe the spirit of the book emerge as ‘targeted expertise’, ‘crowdsourcing’, ‘experimental governance’ and ‘citizen engagement’. Instead of the traditional advisory committee model that mainly relies on stakeholder representation (missing the epistemic value of committee membership) and typically produces a report or a set of recommendations over months or even years, Noveck suggests that new technologies should allow us ‘to make consultation on a day-to-day basis and to strive for constant conversation with an engaged and knowledgeable public’
“All true culture … is an effusion of light and warmth,”Nietzsche wrote in his beautiful meditation on how to find yourself. But from the figurative radiates a reminder of the literal — human culture is and has always been inexorably connected to the ultimate source of light and warmth, the Sun. From the practicalities of our calendars to the psychoemotional orientation of our moods, our lives revolve around our star. We are earthly bodies locked in a celestial dance of which we are never more aware than when the seasons turn.
thePsychReport, 9/6/16. Building on the theory of self-concept maintenance, our findings suggest that the tendency cheat–but only to a limited degree–is robust across countries (at least, across the five countries studied). Around the world, it appears that people are mostly rule abiding–but will push the envelope to the extent that they can still view themselves as honest, upright people.
*Report - Cut From the Same Cloth: Similarly Dishonest Individuals Across Countries
Speaking of culture, it is so hard to come up with words of blessing and cursing, yet hoping to find in the end the Word Itself...
For centuries, moral intuition and ethics were the domain of philosophers. Now evolutionary psychologists and neuroscientists think they have better moral arguments. They're wrong... They're wrong...
Funny how the government sometimes regards our time as necessarily worth $15 an hour or more, and other times as worth far less [Coyote]
Zach Graves, “Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams” [TechDirt]
Calif. man helps save trapped family, gets $143 bill CBS Sacramento. Neoliberalism in action