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The Listening Con | Liza Featherstone
"How the powerful learned to launder their reputations using focus groups"
focus-groups  business  marketing  public-relations  power 
february 2018 by tsuomela
Paleo Politics | New Republic
"AGAINST THE GRAIN: A DEEP HISTORY OF THE EARLIEST STATES by James C. ScottYale University Press, 336 pp., $26.00"
book  review  anthropology  agriculture  deep-time  history  power 
november 2017 by tsuomela
How bosses are (literally) like dictators - Vox
"Elizabeth Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It (Princeton University Press, 2017)."
book  excerpt  business  government  power  labor  work  freedom  free-markets  markets-uber-alles  ideology  capitalism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The United States of Work | New Republic
"PRIVATE GOVERNMENT: HOW EMPLOYERS RULE OUR LIVES (AND WHY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT) by Elizabeth AndersonPrinceton University Press, 224pp., $27.95 NO MORE WORK: WHY FULL EMPLOYMENT IS A BAD IDEA by James LivingstonThe University of North Carolina Press, 128pp., $24.00"
book  review  labor  work  ideology  capitalism  neoliberalism  business  management  power  from instapaper
april 2017 by tsuomela
Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump by Jonathan T. Rothwell :: SSRN
"The 2016 US presidential nominee Donald Trump has broken with the policies of previous Republican Party presidents on trade, immigration, and war, in favor of a more nationalist and populist platform. Using detailed Gallup survey data for a large number of American adults, I analyze the individual and geographic factors that predict a higher probability of viewing Trump favorably and contrast the results with those found for other candidates. The results show mixed evidence that economic distress has motivated Trump support. His supporters are less educated and more likely to work in blue collar occupations, but they earn relative high household incomes, and living in areas more exposed to trade or immigration does not increase Trump support. There is stronger evidence that racial isolation and less strictly economic measures of social status, namely health and intergenerational mobility, are robustly predictive of more favorable views toward Trump, and these factors predict support for him but not other Republican presidential candidates."
politics  america  campaign  2016  race  privilege  resentment  power  demography  economics  polling 
august 2016 by tsuomela
Ethicist Jason Brennan: Brexit, Democracy, and Epistocracy
"What if there were a third way, though? In my forthcoming book, Against Democracy, I explore a way of splitting the difference. The trick is to find a political system that both 1) spreads power out enough to prevent people from using power selfishly and 2) weeds out or at least reduces the power of incompetent decision-makers. In some sense, republican democracy, with checks and balances, was meant to do just that. And to a significant degree it succeeds. But perhaps a new system, epistocracy, could do even better. In an epistocracy, political power is to some degree apportioned according to knowledge. An epistocracy might retain the major institutions we see in republican democracy, such as parties, mass elections, constitutional review, and the like. But in an epistocracy, not everyone has equal basic political power. An epistocracy might grant some people additional voting power, or might restrict the right to vote only to those that could pass a very basic test of political knowledge. Any such system will be subject to abuse, and will suffer from significant government failures. But that’s true of democracy too. The interesting question is whether epistocracy, warts and all, would perform better than democracy, warts and all."
political-science  power  democracy  selection  experts 
august 2016 by tsuomela
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