Quotes & Links #46

1) chronicle.com: Sexual Paranoia Strikes Again

The feminism I identified with as a student stressed independence and resilience. In the intervening years, the climate of sanctimony about student vulnerability has grown too thick to penetrate; no one dares question it lest you’re labeled antifeminist.

2) independent.co.uk: The British government was left in the dark during the Ukraine crisis because its diplomats can’t understand Russian

“British diplomacy towards Russia and elsewhere has suffered because of a loss of language skills, particularly in the Foreign Office,”

That’s an interesting development. I wonder how it reflects other foreign offices?

3) lolgreece.co.uk: Greece’s Humanitarian Crisis – The Fact and the Fiction (via @NickMalkoutzis)
Very insightful analysis of the situation. I really wish we had more of that in the mainstream media (there’ve been many good blogposts on Greece in the last couple of years!).

4) businessinsider.com: Wealth inequality in Russia and China will make you look at Britain and the US in whole different light

5) jacobinmag.com: Ending the Creditor’s Paradise

Back in the 1970s, a period that now seems quite benign, corporate profits were very low, labor’s share of income was very high, and inflation was rising. We were told that this was unsustainable, and new institutions and policies were constructed to make sure that this particular mix of outcomes would never happen again.

I’m not too fond of his characterization of Agenda 2010 and his evidence against it seems a bit weak and biased. He’s hopefully more thorough in his book, which was added to my wishlist. :)

6) medium.com/bull-market: Recessions sometimes cause themselves

[…] then these models become unstable, so that large recessions will occasionally happen even without any external shocks, simply because of coordination failures within the economy.

7) realclearpolitics.com: Republicans Attacking Janet Yellen Should Be Careful What They Wish For
Some interesting historical notes on the Fed. No idea why he wants to cut corporate taxes when they don’t seem to re-invest the money to begin with?

8) washingtonpost.com/monkey-cage: Partisan bias about climate change is more prevalent than you think

We find that as conservatives and Republicans become more knowledgeable about energy, politics, and science they become less likely to say that human-caused global warming is happening.

I think I discussed this before. Still, it reminds us how fallible we are. I disagree with his conclusion *everyone* should embrace uncertainty and scientists should not require politicians or a political system to be decisive. Obviously a “scientific consensus” is the end of the line and it’s hard to argue against it, but scientific consensuses have spectacularly been wrong in the past. The solution? Who knows… in this case maybe a combination of trying to prevent the extreme while assuming the most extreme scenarios are true. A “better safe than sorry”-policy of sorts.

9) washingtonpost.com/monkey-cage: Liberals and conservatives think about genomics in unexpected ways

However, disciplines that are traditionally left-leaning — for example, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies (such as race and ethnic studies) — are among the most pessimistic on genomics issues, frequently using distrustful or cautionary language.

I think it’s very easy to agree with both sides, no? I haven’t read their paper, but it shouldn’t be too hard to combine both ways and form a consistent opinion.

10) medium.com/bull-market: Can QE Be Bad For Taxpayers?

The link between the monetary base and inflation in modern economies is almost impossible to figure out.

11) fusion.net: We need to laugh about eating disorders

This silence only reinforces the message that you’re the only one dealing with this problem, and you have to get better on your own. Unacceptable. If you are out there suffering, just know that you are not crazy or weird or a bad person. And most of all, you are not alone.

12) csen.com: 2013-2015: The Great Ellipsis of 2006-2022

Some years matter more than others. 1989 mattered. 1994. 2000. 1995-97, not so much. So it’ll be for 2013-15.

Obviously missing some things (like geopolitics), but maybe these are especially hard to think about. They are very far away after all. Maybe I’ll try to write one for Germany.

13) nymag.com/thecut: Fifty Shades of Grey Is a Great Dating Guide

“All of dating is just, ‘How much of a freak is this guy, and am I okay with it?’ ” my friend Holly observed. “Then you’re like, ‘Double crap! Total freak!’—until you either break up or move in together.”

Never read the book, but it certainly has produced some interesting articles and data (link is SFW but links to pornhub.com/insights).

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