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Monday Message Board

January 6, 2020 - 12:33 -- Admin

Back again with another Monday Message Board.

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Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 6

January 5, 2020 - 16:57 -- Admin

With much of Australia suffering catastrophic fires and the beginning of a new war with Iran, lots of people are thinking about the idea that such disasters are good for the economy, because of the work generated in rebuilding homes, producing war materials and so on.  In my book Economics in Two Lessons, I explain why this is wrong (this is one point where I agree with Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson.

Climate deniers are worse than antivaxers but get treated better

January 5, 2020 - 15:53 -- Admin

One point that’s come up in discussion of the fire cataclysm is the fact that anti-vaxers are viewed with contempt, and subject to sanctions like “no jab, no play”, while climate deniers are still given respectful treatment, media platforms and so on. The explanation is simple enough: climate deniers are rich, powerful and numerous, including most of the rightwing commentariat and much of the government.

Intersectionality vs dominant identity politics*

December 31, 2019 - 14:20 -- Admin

Shorter JQ: Although the idea of intersectionality emerged on the left as a solution to problems involving class and identity politics, it turns out to the be the natural response to the rise of dominant identity politics on the right.

As I see it, intersectionality combines a recognition that people are oppressed both through the economic structures of capitalism and as members of various subordinate groups with a rejection of both:

Sandpit

December 30, 2019 - 09:36 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

Monday Message Board

December 30, 2019 - 09:29 -- Admin

Back again with another Monday Message Board.

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