Smart Links 17 April 2012

Commentary on books on inequality and politics, George Soros on the European mess, crazy tax world, China versus the internet, do sex categories matter, and copying the Charter.

Typically marvellous New Yorker article on all the books out there about inequality, conservatives and liberals both get punched in the nose.

New Yorker -- Evening the Odds
Is there a politics of inequality?

With Spanish yields rising, George Soros speaks about Europe.

Business Insider -- George Soros Nails It: Why The Situation In Europe Is Only Getting Worse
In his speech at the Institute For New Economic Thinking conference in Berlin, George Soros delivered one of the best and most concise assessments of what went wrong in Europe, and why things are getting worse.

 

Pdf below -- George Soros on Europe

Related.

Economist -- European economy guide
Polarised prospects.

This article about the Bank of New York, a mid-tier US bank, which transferred nearly $8bn of its own assets to a trust in the small, business-friendly state of Delaware through several layers of newly created companies in order to take advantage of tax loopholes underlines how complicated and unfair the tax code has become.

Financial Times -- Global taxation: Fiscal frustrations
A clampdown on a tax structure used by banks will test US efforts to curb cross-border schemes.

The Chinese state can’t win.

Guardian -- China's censorship can never defeat the internet
It is interesting to pick one's way through the obstacles of censorship, but freedom can't be stopped in the internet age.

‘Girls who are boys who like boys to be girls’ – Blur

Project Syndicate -- How Much Should Sex Matter?
Jenna Talackova reached the finals of Miss Universe Canada last month, before being disqualified because she was not a “natural born” female.

John Ibbitson on The Charter.

Globe and Mail -- The Charter proves to be Canada’s gift to world
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed 30 years ago Tuesday. Since then, not only has it become a national bedrock, but the Charter has replaced the American Bill of Rights as the constitutional document most emulated by other nations.

 

 

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