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Care: the essay

This essay is the third of three starting with my essay on the Evaluator General in two parts followed by an essay responding to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into competition in human services. Part One A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via … Continue reading

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Care

Part One Note: this post has been superseded by the full essay. A couple of days ago I came upon care ethics via Virginia Held’s book The Ethics of Care (2006) with some excitement. The ethics of care grew out of feminism, but I … Continue reading

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If I had a hammer: or Is change we can’t theorise, change we can believe in? Part Two

This post and its first part are condensed in this blog post at NESTA. “What is elementary, worldly wisdom? Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang … Continue reading

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The politics of envy or something more worthy?

One of the most successful memes of the right in the last decade or so is that redistribution is the politics of envy. Of course politicians have to appeal to the emotions, and they have to appeal to all denominators … Continue reading

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Adam Smith is to Markets as Jane Austen is to Marriage

For those who’ve read the essay below and have no desire to re-read it, my apologies.  I didn’t post it at the time out of deference to the original publisher – the AFR.  However with a couple of years having … Continue reading

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Capitalism – making life better

Adam Smith had this idea that ‘commercial society’ made a lot of things better, particularly improving the politics and mores of earlier social structures.  As I outlined in a post long ago, he was particularly keen on the way in … Continue reading

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Feedback: Waiting for the deluge

From the abstract to a recent article. In this research, we assess whether the number of public comments filed in response to proposed agency rules has dramatically increased as a result of the automation of the submission process. Specifically, we … Continue reading

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