Smart Links 03 January 2013

Commentary on measuring make up, free media on the internet, Mark you got some ‘splaning to do, why the Chinese government is so worried about orgies, London looking the EU in the eye, bye Ravi, and Canada’s Bobby Sands moment.

Does makeup matter?

New York Times -- The Power of the Rouge Pot
Some would argue that makeup empowers women, others would say it’s holding them back from true equality.


The Beauty Bias

Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted because now it’s all about pay walls.

Financial Times -- The superhighway of information has a toll
The Tribune Company, owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and other down-on-their luck newspapers, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after four years this week.

NGDP push back.

Financial Times -- Clarity needed on BoE’s inflation strategy
Bank must be clear on when interest rates will begin to rise.

Things are going according to plan. really.

New Yorker -- This Is Awkward: The Politics of a Chinese Orgy
A couple of years ago, the Times ran a piece by Edward Wong with a headline that stays with you: “18 ORGIES LATER, CHINESE SWINGER GETS PRISON BED.”

Divorce has its advantages. Thanks to David of London.

Telegraph -- If we can’t do a deal with Europe, leaving it should hold no terrors
In opposition, David Cameron tried to stop his party gnawing at the European question. “Instead of talking about the things that most people care about, we talked about what we cared about,” he told his first Conservative conference as leader in 2006. “While parents were worried about getting the kids to school, we were banging on about Europe”.

Ravi Shankar

Economist – Obituary: Ravi Shankar
TRUE, it was his brother Uday who was the star, the one Anna Pavlova had danced with, the one James Joyce said moved “like some divine being”.

Extraordinary sacrifice linked to a single cause can create an emotional firestorm, Harper will need to tread carefully.

Toronto Star -- Idle No more movement could become challenge for Stephen Harper
At first glance, Chief Theresa Spence — the hunger-striking Attawapiskat leader who has become the de facto face of the Idle No More movement — and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois — the fiercely articulate Quebec student leader who was cast in a similar role last spring — have little in common.






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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.