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How work changed to make us all passionate quitters | Aeon Essays
Alleges that neoliberalism encourages employees to see themselves as the CEO of "Me, Inc", always looking for tasks that'll help them get their next job. Interesting final section about the modern obsession with "passion".
capitalism  business  work  economics  career 
august 2017 by pw201
Libertarian Social Justice Warrior: A Surprisingly Coherent Position | Thing of Things
"As far as I am aware, “libertarian social justice warrior” is a niche very rarely filled. This is annoying to me, because a really good case can be made for the social justice libertarian."
social-justice  libertarianism  sjw  basic-income  economics  welfare 
march 2016 by pw201
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs | Strike! Magazine
Whatever happened to our promised leisure time, and why do so many people get paid to do nothing useful?
capitalism  politics  work  jobs  economics 
october 2015 by pw201
The austerity delusion | Paul Krugman | Business | The Guardian
"It has been astonishing, from a US perspective, to witness the limpness of Labour’s response to the austerity push. Britain’s opposition has been amazingly willing to accept claims that budget deficits are the biggest economic issue facing the nation, and has made hardly any effort to challenge the extremely dubious proposition that fiscal policy under Blair and Brown was deeply irresponsible – or even the nonsensical proposition that this supposed fiscal irresponsibility caused the crisis of 2008-2009."
austerity  economics  deficit  debt  paul-krugman  politics  labour 
april 2015 by pw201
The economists’ manifesto -
The FT asks a random selection of economists what they'd do if they were PM. A whole lot more sensible than the politicians' one.
economics  politics  FT  finance 
april 2015 by pw201
The value of a life
"If you have money and want to save lives, you had better put a price on life... But don't mix up the price of a life with the value of a life. I see this happen all too frequently. To correct this mistake, I'm going to tell a little story."
economics  life  value  cost  money  charity  death 
february 2015 by pw201
From The Price of Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz on the 1 Percent Problem | Politics | Vanity Fair
"There are good reasons why plutocrats should care about inequality anyway—even if they’re thinking only about themselves. The rich do not exist in a vacuum. They need a functioning society around them to sustain their position. Widely unequal societies do not function efficiently and their economies are neither stable nor sustainable. The evidence from history and from around the modern world is unequivocal: there comes a point when inequality spirals into economic dysfunction for the whole society, and when it does, even the rich pay a steep price."
rentier  society  politics  inequality  economics 
june 2012 by pw201
I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave | Mother Jones
"My brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying, dildo-packing time inside the online-shipping machine."
economics  work  warehouse  poverty  shopping  shipping  online  amazon 
february 2012 by pw201
A Positive Account of Property Rights
Vladmir M on Lesswrong linked to this as a good explanation of what Schelling points are. It's also an interesting theory about how property rights could arise out of a Hobbesian state of nature, although I'm not familiar enough with the literature to know whether that part of it makes any obvious errors.
game  theory  philosophy  Hobbes  Schelling  politics  Friedman  economics 
january 2012 by pw201
Virtual currency: Bits and bob | The Economist
Bitcoin is a distributed digital currency, which hit the news recently after someone set up a site where you could buy illegal drugs using it. This Economist article is a great introduction to how it works.
cryptography  economics  bitcoin  economist  internet 
june 2011 by pw201
How Modern Spam Works | MetaFilter
Researchers try buying stuff advertised in spam, following the money. Link is to the mefi thread since one of the researchers turns up to answer questions in the comments.
internet  economics  spam 
may 2011 by pw201
At last an IT supplier that tells it like it is - The Tony Collins Blog
"No platitudes, just straight talking on govt IT from Martin Rice of agile software company Erudine." I've heard tales of middlemen charging government the Earth to take an £100/year hosting account and install Wordpress on it. Glad to see someone speaking up.
government  economics  politics  uk  waterfall  agile  IT 
march 2011 by pw201
Mervyn King is right. If the banks face no risk, we shall all go down - Telegraph
"They are the trade unions of the modern era, sick dinosaurs that crush ordinary citizens, writes Charles Moore." Blimey, and this the Telegraph saying it.
uk  banking  corruption  banks  politics  economics 
march 2011 by pw201
Colin Marshall talks to economist, blogger and rationalist Robin Hanson
"Robin Hanson is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research associate at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and chief scientist at Consensus Point. He’s also the thinker behind Overcoming Bias, a popular blog about issues of honesty, signaling, disagreement, forecasting and the far future, around which a large rationality-centric community has developed on the internet."
rationality  signalling  robin-hanson  overcoming-bias  economics 
february 2010 by pw201
The Loitering Presence of the Rational ­Actor
A review of "The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences" by Herbert Gintis. The reviewer goes into examples of where human behaviour deviates from economists' ideas of rationality.
rationality  economics  cognitive-bias  game-theory  prisoners-dilemma 
november 2009 by pw201
Thoughts on Urban Survival
An Argentinian gives top tops on how to survive the collapse of a modern society.
survival  argentina  economics  guns  violence  crime  ferfal 
september 2008 by pw201
The Logic of Life by Tim Harford
Great Google Talk by Tim Harford, author of "The Logic of Life" and "The Undercover Economist". We're apparently more rational than we might think we are.
books  economics  video  sex  dating  crime  rationality 
february 2008 by pw201
The Megacity
George Packer writes about Lagos, making it sound like hell on Earth. He contends that Western academics who praise the place only do so because they can leave.
africa  lagos  nigeria  419  cities  megacities  slums  poverty  economics 
december 2007 by pw201
eldan: Every watt is not equal
How the power grid works, and some stuff on renewable energy, power lines and the like.
power  electricity  energy  economics  renewables 
september 2007 by pw201

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