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Dude! Where’s My Democracy?

By Kevin Albertson, Professor of Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University with a background in statistics and political economics. He is co-author of five books, including the Haynes Guide ‘How to Run the Country’. Originally published at openDemocracy Democracy is unwell, so it is said. In America and other leading democracies citizens are apparently increasingly critical of the concept of liberal democracy. We argue this is a misdiagnosis; citizens are not critical of liberal...

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From Cohabitation to Cohousing: Older Baby Boomers Create Living Arrangements To Suit New Needs

Yves here. The cohousing concept is likely to become more popular since marriage rates are lower among the young, provided members continue to be successful in finding the like-minded. But the effort and cost of setting one up is a considerable barrier. By Nancy P. Kropf, Dean, Perimeter College & Professor, Social Work, Georgia State University, and Sherry Cummings, Associate Dean and Professor of Social Work, University of Tennessee. Originally published at The Conversation One of the...

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My First Real Jobs

By Lambert Strether of Corrente I’ve written before, on Labor Day, about factory work in Providence, Rhode Island, which I loved, and today I got to thinking about the jobs I had when I was in junior high school. This post will be short because there wasn’t much to them! My first real job — that is, my first transaction with another person where I performed work in exchange for money — was shelving books in my local public library in the Midwest, where I grew up. I was in Junior High School....

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A Question of Character

This post is certain to do short shrift to the topic of individual character and cultural values. As you’ll see in due course, a long-standing friend, Professor Amar Bhide, sent me an encomium for a mentor of his, John McArthur, who among other things, was the Dean of Harvard Business School from 1980 to 1995. What is striking about Amar’s description isn’t simply how rare it is for America to produce someone who was deeply engaged with the people around him, yet was also a first-class mind...

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The Sacrificial Rites of Capitalism We Don’t Talk About

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Every society has at least one dominant story. Think of it as the official line: Here’s who we are, what we’re doing and why. But if you pay attention, you may notice other stories, too. Stories that circulate below the radar — and sometimes right out in the open — contradicting the official narrative. Most people don’t openly...

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Immigration, Fear, and Public Spending on Security: The Italian Example

Yves here. How a rise in immigration drives perceptions of risk. By Vincenzo Bove, Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick,Leandro Elia, Assistant Professor in Economics, Marche Polytechnic University andMassimiliano Ferraresi, Research Economist, European Commission. Originally published at VoxEU Between 2014 and 2017, more than 600,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean and took up residence in Italy. Though crime rates during the same period continued to...

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16/8/19: Post-Millennials and the falling trust in institutions of coercion

A neat chart from Pew Research highlighting shifting demographics behind the changing trends in the U.S. public trust in core institutions: Source: https://www.people-press.org/2019/07/22/how-americans-see-problems-of-trust/Overall, the generational shift is in the direction of younger GenZ putting more trust in scientists and academics, as well as journalists, compared to previous generations; and less trust in military, police, religious leaders and business leaders. Notably, elected...

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Advertisers Blacklisting News, Other Stories with “Controversial” Words Like “Trump”

It’s no longer paranoid to say that “they” are out to kill news. First it was the Internet almost entirely displacing classified ads, which had accounted for roughly half of newspaper industry revenues in the US. The Internet also turned most people save those who are now oldsters off print newspapers, even though nothing is so efficient to scan, taking with it higher subscription rates and display ads. Then Facebook and Google sucked most online advertiser revenues to themselves. To add...

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Phishing Equilibria in Silicon Valley: Google Maps and Fraud

By Lambert Strether of Corrente I’ve always been a big fan of Akerlof and Shiller’s concept of a “phishing equilibrium,” which they developed in Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. Since 2015, when they published the book, the concept hasn’t really caught on, perhaps because it was a foundational assault on mainstream economics, perhaps because it cuts too close to the bone. Now a new article from the Wall Street Journal, “Millions of Business Listings on Google...

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Summertime and the Living is Easy: In Praise of Farmers Markets

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Today would have been my father’s 89th birthday and I‘m spending it with my mother in High Point, North Carolina. During the past ten days of my visit, I’ve found myself doing something I’ve not done since when I was a teenager: taking advantage of summer’s bounty and making jam. Now, as I’ve written in many posts, the quality of much food – in its...

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