In this week’s Missing Link Friday: inequality, McMansions, education, brown coal and flaming kittens.
Inequality: Why don’t Australians complain more about wealth inequality? According to David Neal at The Conversation it’s because most of us underestimate how unequal the distribution really is.
McMansions: At Blogger on the Cast Iron Balcony, Helen debates the merits of McMansions. Commenters Legal Eagle, Tigtog, lauredhel, DA Munroe and others add value.
Get a Tardis: At the Grattan Institute Oxford University VC Andrew Hamilton will talk about how to create a world class university. John Quiggin has an answer: "’found it in 1700, or preferably earlier".
Norton’s new job: After 11 years working for the Centre for Independent Studies and the University of Melbourne, Andrew Norton has a new job. Andrew is moving to the Grattan Institute to direct their new higher education program.
Privatising public education: At Larvatus Prodeo, Mercurius argues we’re well on our way to a privatised public education system. Such a system would allow ministers to "evade any notion of responsibility or accountability." Whenever something goes wrong, the minister "can simply re-assign the contract to a different provider, brave the cameras and assure the public that the system is working…"
Arts degrees: Is an arts degree a worthwhile investment in human capital? Andrew Norton is sceptical. He suspects the major benefits are "consumption and personal development."
Sceptical students: At In Socrates’ Wake, Michael Cholbi posts a reader’s question: How to deal with student moral skepticism in philosophy class. The comments thread includes references to flaming kittens, Nazis, and leaping from your BMW to steal food from a homeless person.
Brown out: “There appears to be lots of ‘doom and gloom’ around brown coal generation in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley under the carbon tax", writes Stephen King at Core Economics. However "It is far from obvious that this is justified – at least in the next few years."