Posts of the week. Global warming is killing the funeral industry.
Not a post and not quite this week, Grace Collier on the “wage pause” by the public spirited trade unionists in the car industry, in the Fin Review last Friday.
Not a post either but a podcast with a handy review of the PM’s track record in building the nation the last time he had the opportunity.
Kevin the fighter. reaching out to the
Higher education. Stephen Matchett’s Campus Morning Mail
Things you wanted to know but you were afraid to ask. Geography.
Culture. Stephen Hicks on western civilization.
Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Warning, until the new one goes up this afternoon, you will see last weeks edition.
Political. Two boobs and a lady shopper.
Pictorial. Architectural/engineering structures. Flinders Street Station redevelopment. I was told last week that the plans for the original station should have been sent to India but a mixup resulted in Melbourne getting their mosquelike station and some place in India got the station designed for Melbourne (documentation requested).
For nerds. Thomas Hardy on Metaphysics.
Hardy tried to pre-empt criticism of “Jude the Obscure” (1895) by claiming that, like his previous novels, it was about the deadly war between flesh and spirit and the tragedy of unfulfilled aims. His attempt at pre-empting criticism did not work, however, and he was so traumatized by the novel’s reception that he stopped writing novels altogether. Why was “Jude the Obscure” singled out for such strong censure? In this essay, Michael Giffin argues that Hardy’s main problem was his metaphysical confusion. While he claimed to be a humanist, his novel was fatalistic. He never understood that humanism and fatalism are antithetical concepts. It never occurred to him that a fatalistic novel cannot claim to be humanistic novel.
The work/welfare tradeoff in the US. Not looking good.
In 1995 the Cato Institute published a groundbreaking study, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off, which estimated the value of the full package of welfare benefits available to a typical recipient in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It found that not only did the value of such benefits greatly exceed the poverty level, but, because welfare benefits are tax-free, their dollar value was greater than the amount of take-home income a worker would receive from an entry-level job.
Since then, many welfare programs have undergone significant change, but welfare benefits continue to outpace the income that most recipients can expect to earn from an entry-level job, and the balance between welfare and work may actually have grown worse in recent years. This White Paper shows that the current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work.