Progressive politics without unions? "If you want progressive policies, the comparative historical evidence suggests it’s very helpful to have a strong labor movement" writes Lane Kenworthy. But in the US unions are weak and getting weaker. Is there an alternative strategy?
No such thing as bad publicity? "I’ve received the ultimate accolade from News Corporation", writes economist John Quiggin. As Paul Krugman notes in the New York Times, Quiggin "has received a full sliming from the Murdoch empire." More here, here, here and here.
What’s the biggest benefit of a liberal arts education? For many America’s undergraduates, it’s learning how to intellectualize your "own life choices in a way that belittles others and enforces class barriers." Or at least, that’s the conclusion Ed at Ginandtacos draws from a recent story in the Huffington Post.
Electric wheelchair etiquette: "I never collide with anyone," writes Carl, "at least not when I’m sober." At Working at Perfect Carl explores the unwritten rules of driving an electric wheelchair on roads and footpaths.
Are there no limits to Kevin’s power? At Catallaxy Files Sinclair Davidson posts a graph showing how Labor’s abolition of Work Choices caused the global financial crisis … or something like that.
UPDATE: Sinclair Davidson responds "Don Arthur over at Club Troppo interprets this graph as showing that Kevin Rudd caused the GFC. Don is one of the more smarter social democrats, so it’s unsurprising they can’t handle money or manage an economy."
Virtual horses at risk of starvation: Virtual horses in the online game Second Life may starve if the real life company that sells their virtual feed loses a real life court battle. Legal Eagle explains at Skepticlawyer.