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Noahpinion: I get what you get in ten years, in two days
"The usual economist case for income redistribution is based on utilitarianism; the idea is that $1000 matters more to a poor person than to a rich person. Mankiw wants to ditch this idea in favor of a value system based on 'just deserts':
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"In 10 years, Mike gets $250,000. That is about what Brad gets in three days (not two; sorry, Chris Brown).
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"'OK,' Mike says. 'But why, then, is Brad CEO so much more produtive than I am? Where does his $30 million productivity come from?' ... 'So let me get this straight,' Mike says. 'Brad deserves to be so much richer than me because of ability he was born with? People who are lucky enough to be born with high skills deserve to be able to get a Civic in half a day, while people who were born with fewer skills deserve to have to slave away for years if they want a Civic?'
"Anyway, Dr. Mankiw's answer is not forthcoming, and Mike cannot leave a comment on Mankiw's blog, due to the no-comments policy. So our story continues."
2013  2010s  noahpinionblog  blogspot  economics  comparison  wealth  poverty  greg_mankiw  income  chris_brown  america  ceo  wal-mart  car  noah_smith  life  work  disability  entitlement  hypocrisy  takedown  economy  charles_dickens 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Ask Polly: My Life Is A Beige Pointless Hellscape! - The Awl
"Suddenly you can feel the cold press of the plastic chair on your tenders. That's the physical sensation of realizing you're a joke to the rest of the world." lqtm

"I never understood why my dad ran, swam, ate a mango for lunch, and then had an early cocktail. Now I get it. Mood maintenance is everything for the olds."

"Passion comes from vulnerability. If you want to know how to transcend this provincial life—and there are lots of ways to do it—you absolutely must start by ripping out these old walls that protect you and prevent you from feeling connected to yourself and to other people. You must learn to make yourself vulnerable and open and sensitive again."

"Am I changing the world? Should I have done more by now? Those questions are just needless noise, like the cheap click of that boom box. If I AM a failure, then being a failure fucking rules, because here I am, right now, doing what I love."
theawl  ask_polly  heather_havrilesky  advice  life  boredom  depression  ambition  goal  hope  pessimism  settling  writing  performance  2013  2010s  career  desire  passion  mood  work  joy 
december 2013 by cluebucket
The Appalling Stance of Rand Paul - NYTimes.com
"We have gone from a war on poverty in this country to a war on the poor, in which poor people are routinely demonized and scapegoated and attacked, and conservatives have led the charge.
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"To buy into this destructive lie about the character of the poor means you've either had no experience being poor, or have no capacity to empathize with their plight.
"Being poor is a job unto itself."
charles_m._blow  nytimes  op-ed  rand_paul  conservative  poor  poverty  wealth  welfare  government  politics  politician  arrogant  takedown  society  2013  2010s  america  scapegoat  effort  wage  work 
december 2013 by cluebucket
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts
"I am not asking for sympathy. I am just trying to explain, on a human level, how it is that people make what look from the outside like awful decisions."
killermartinis  kinja.com  gawker.com  linda_tirado  writing  life  poverty  decision  class  wage  classism  work  empathy  2013  2010s  hope  defeat  lack 
december 2013 by cluebucket
Amy Poehler: “Take Your Licks” : The New Yorker
"If the style of the restaurant was old-fashioned, the parenting that went on there was distinctly modern. Moms and dads would patiently recite every item on the menu to their squirming five-year-olds, as if the many flavors of ice cream represented all the unique ways they were loved."
amy_poehler  newyorker  writing  memory  summer  job  work  ice_cream  performance  teenage  life  2013  2010s 
october 2013 by cluebucket
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Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement
image  jpg  comic  gavin_aung  bill_watterson  2013  2010s  slate.com  calvin&hobbes  life  work  ambition  dream  satisfaction  selling_out  salary  career  parenting 
september 2013 by cluebucket
Could You Survive on Fast-Food Wages? Try Our Calculator | Mother Jones
"The average fast-food employee works less than 25 hours a week. To make a living wage in District of Columbia at current median wages, s/he would have to work 61 hours a week."
motherjones  motherjones.com  jaeah_lee  ben_breedlove  mikela_clemmons  mcdonalds  fast_food  work  wage  salary  america  calculator  life  2013  2010s  survival 
august 2013 by cluebucket
Hijacking feminism - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
"US women do not need to change their attitude; they need, first, job security, good childcare, livable wages for the work they do, and physical security."
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"Indeed, it is extremely disturbing that for these high-powered women the 'woman problem' is no longer about social justice, equity and women's emancipation - as if these have already been achieved - but about affect, behaviour modification and well-roundedness."
aljazeera  op-ed  catherine_rottenberg  feminism  class  race  wealth  economics  culture  hype  criticism  lynne_huffer  zillah_eisenstein  sheryl_sandberg  anne-marie_slaughter  elite  justice  society  america  1970s  2010s  2013  2012  theatlantic  women  facebook  balance  revolution  work  family 
march 2013 by cluebucket
Unpaid Internships Are a Rich-Girl Problem—and Also a Real Problem - Phoebe Maltz Bovy - The Atlantic
"We will only be able to successfully challenge the norm of unpaid internships if we move away from blaming the interns themselves. Female interns in particular are often taken to task for lacking marketable skills, perhaps for having studied feminist theory in college when the more feminist approach would have been engineering. But even if humanities-major jobs have always paid less, it is entirely different for them to pay nothing at all."
phoebe_maltz_bovy  theatlantic  op-ed  internship  job  work  salary  pay  rights  free  labor  gender  women  unfair  employment  madeleine_schwartz  dissent  lgreed  feminism  finance  marriage  2013  2010s  class  economics  career  industry  writing  fashion 
february 2013 by cluebucket
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year - NYTimes.com
The students seemed really sharp, and Saunders is clearly committed to them. “With this caliber of student, you have to be really honest,” he told me. “It keeps you looking at your own process, so you don’t import any nonsense.” In an interview several years ago with Ben Marcus for The Believer, Saunders defended the time spent in an M.F.A. program by saying, “The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim.” But it’s a mistake, he added, to think of writing programs in terms that are “too narrowly careerist. . . . Even for those thousands of young people who don’t get something out there, the process is still a noble one — the process of trying to say something, of working through craft issues and the worldview issues and the ego issues — all of this is character-building, and, God forbid, everything we do should have concrete career results. I’ve seen time and time again the way that the process of trying to say something dignifies and improves a person.”
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It’s hard to maintain, the softness. It’s an effort. That Dubai story ends with these lines, wisdom imparted from Saunders to himself: “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
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found a printout of this under several sweatshirts in the covers of my bed, felt lovely again
george_saunders  writer  writing  2013  2010s  short_story  nytimes  joel_lovell  tenth_of_december  job  life  interview  work  death  lorrie_moore  mary_karr  tobias_wolff  junot_díaz  humanity  author  syracuse  new_york  david_foster_wallace  sumatra  1970s  1980s  dream  suicide  soft  fiction 
january 2013 by cluebucket

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