This book has been taken apart by some of the leading public intellectuals of internet life; such as Krugman
. From my layman's reading the social science appeared week and there were appeals to 'look around you to know' rather than empiricism. Frum called it, "Palinism with a bar chart."
The thesis of the book is weak, arguing that the issues are a moral failure of the working classes. I think what we are really seeing is the unravelling of neo-liberalism as a method for political and economic governance. The inequality inherit in neo-liberalism is becoming apparent and the social costs of that inequality are empirically obvious in both social science studies and the general mood of the population, with Occupy Wall Street being a good example of the latter.
Australia, Canada and Europe are governed differently to the US courtesy of their parliamentary systems. In a parliamentary system when an executive comes to power, they control the legislative for most intents and purposes. In Australia the executive has absolute authority over their party's voting unless they are a minority government. The problems Obama has had in dealing with Congress simply do not exist in Australia.
A second issue is that race has been a public issue in the United States far more than in other countries. The US is very public about the good and the bad. It was one of the first nations to deal with racism as a rights issue, but it also has been very public in its resistance to civil rights issues. This has meant America has not picked up the forms of governance that deal with equality in the same manner Europe has. That being said, neoliberalism has also increased in equality in the so-called welfare states as well.
So what is America to do in the face of the collapse of neoliberalism governance (or the Washington Consensus as it is known in the US and IMF)?
The empirical evidence of state intervention in the health system for costs and outcomes is over whelming. The United States is opposing the reality and both major parties are still seeking free market outcomes to health care which will ultimately fail to achieve their public policy goals.
America is a low tax state, but so is Australia, and it has more egalitarian tax mechanisms than the US. At the national level the income tax is very progressive. The issue in the US is that the states tend to raise tax monies in a regressive manner through sales taxes, property taxes and fees. Worse, many of the states have balanced budget constitutional clauses which means they clamp down on taxes in times of economic distress.
American will muddle through. It always has done, and in the last century or so has been a leader in economic development. I don't think that will change anytime soon. I also dont subscribe to the 'America in decline' thesis however a generation of politicians have been immersed in the methods of neoliberal governance and it will be difficult to replace that paradigm of governance with any urgency in the American system. If anything the so called 'tea partiers' in congress have done little more than double down on bad policy from the promise of neoliberalism.
Another issue is the rise of China and India from countries mired in poverty into modern consumer nations with a large dignified and cosmopolitan middle class. China with is well established central government focused on capital intensive projects such as consumer electronics manufacturing. India was a little smarter in my opinion and has been more successful in the creative services areas.
Where once having an educated population meant the possibility of manufacturing, now it is nothing special and a high school education is not enough in nations such as the United States or Australia. Every vocation that offers labor mobility, trade through services, is tertiary education. The quickest mechanism for the US to get ahead is to accelerate education for teenagers.
When you have a child trapped and dedicated to going to school until they are seventeen or eighteen; speed up their education so that when they leave at age eighteen they already have a degree level education. A further year at university or college for education would ensure the United States the economic powerhouse for the foreseeable near future.
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.