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Ryan Avent Does the Intellectual Trash Pickup: Contraception, Population, and Innovation Update

links for 2009-09-29

  • Roman Polanski instructed her to get into a jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she begged to go, began kissing her even though she said no and asked him to stop; performed cunnilingus on her as she said no and asked him to stop; put his penis in her vagina as she said no and asked him to stop; asked if he could penetrate her anally, to which she replied, "No," then went ahead and did it anyway, until he had an orgasm.
  • Keep in mind that Polanski has admitted to drugging and anally raping a 13-year-old girl. Jean Valjean stole a loaf of bread to feed his starving nephew. But yeah Patrick, I can totally see the moral equivalency you're going for there.
  • The Conservative hegemony does not spring from any huge growth in the Conservative vote. A divided opposition has granted it by default. There has arisen no new social base for the Conservative Party.... [T]here has been no ideological sea-change.... Support for the NHS is undiminished, as it is for the collective provision of education.... Tax-cutting is a Chancellor’s conjuring-trick... the electorate... have a preference for maintaining the decencies of the welfare state.... [I]nefficiencies in the public sector are tolerated less willingly by voters. But overall it is... fairness, neighbourliness, an economy run in a broadly-defined public interest – that is more in tune with that of the electorate.... Mrs Thatcher holds power in spite of Thatcherism and not because of it. And have the uncertainties and iniquities of Thatcherism been justified by the attainment of an economic miracle? Certainly one has been claimed...
  • This is a perfect example of a misleading metaphor. No one today would want to live in a house from 100 years ago... nor do we want to give up our laptops. Because most of our financial products were around 100 years ago, we must be missing out on all sorts of potential improvements. But nowhere does Shiller show – or even argue – that there is some underlying feature of financial products that makes them like technological products in this respect.... The point of our Democracy article was to argue that there is in fact no equivalent for financial products, because financial innovation is fundamentally different from technological innovation. You may not agree with us, but at least we argued the case, instead of relying on a metaphor...
  • I decided just to boost this comment I made in the thread below.... So where I’m going with this is, that f---ing s---ed and was a terrible experience for me, and Dr. Kealy is a f---ing a--hat who is even now making the lives of his attractive female students needlessly miserable.... Just adding, it was particularly irritating about the grade, because I really did deserve an A+ in that class, but it was impossible to know whether my grade was influenced by my breasts..... I doggedly went on earning the same grade in other classes.... But the tarnish never really went away. And all of this fell under the look but don’t touch rubric, while still being humiliating and awful.... [T]here’s a reason all those annoying strident feminists go on about how the personal is the political. Kealy doesn’t know the personal histories of the female students he’s ogling. And they deserve to be treated like human beings, not fresh-faced dollies to use as mental props during masturbation.
  • Well, honestly, I wasn’t hoping to provoke responses like “this article is bullshit.”...  Mostly, I was hoping to hear things like “you’ve overlooked the influence of cultural studies on X,” or “here at the University of Z we have a cultural studies program that does Y,” so that the collective response would actually help to change the public image of cultural studies in the US (and yes, before anyone else steps up to remind me that I am overlooking Latin American, Asian, and Australian cultural studies, I deliberately focused on the situation of cultural studies in the US).  Because I really do believe that that public image is pretty bad