Smart Links 08 March 2012

Commentary on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, the environment, Rick Santorum on god and Caesar, where to shoot hoops from, youth unemployment, the debate that frames economics, inequality’s causes is more than skill, and religion does not justify misogyny (time to dump Karzai).

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On
A short film that tells the story behind the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster. Its origins at the beginning of WWII and its rediscovery in a bookshop in England in 2000, becoming one of the iconic images of the 21st century.

Related. Thanks to Karen on Facebook.

Greenpeace: The Green Revolution
Tzeporah Berman - Greenpeace describes the Energy (R)evolution.


New York Times -- Rick Santorum Isn’t Crazy
Media pundits have been beating up on Rick Santorum for saying that the assertion of an absolute separation of church and state makes him want to throw up...

Fascinating visual of where the points come from in basketball. (ed's note -- orange is the most). – What Geography Can Teach Us About Basketball
The annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, created in 2006, has become something like Bonnaroo for sports nerds.


The other day I popped into a drug store to grab a newspaper. The cashier was the same 50 year old plus guy who makes my 'tall de cafe' at Starbucks who won the employee of the month for February. The biggest difference I noticed when I returned to live in Japan from 2000-2004 after being there from 1983-1994 was all the really old people working in the convenience stores. TD Economics writes on youth unemployment in Canada.

Pdf below – The Plight of Young Workers

The debate that frames economics. (ed's note -- Hayek's review of Keynes discussed)

Times Literary Supplement -- How Keynes overwhelmed Hayek
In 1929 the director of the London School of Economics, William Beveridge, appointed the thirty-one-year-old Lionel Robbins to the chair of political economy and so made him “the youngest professor in the country”.

Explaining inequality.

The Atlantic Cities -- The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities
What lies behind the inequality of American cities?

Quote worth quoting.

“They suggest that full story of inequality across American cities goes beyond technology, globalization, skills and wages, and includes unions, race and poverty.”

It is in our national interest to make a stand against female apartheid.

Globe and Mail -- Gender apartheid cannot be justified in the name of religion
Canada, and its NATO allies, must speak out against Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s attempt to appease the Taliban by taking away the rights of women.


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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.