I thought this was a great interview with Kim Stanley Robinson but it turns out the Corona virus has not rewritten our imaginations enough, not enough at all.
The types of resistance available to women are particularly interesting: They themselves understand their daily tasks – the upkeep of their homes and the care of their families – as a form of steadfast resistance.
An interesting point how the women in Gaza play a big part in the resistance with these ‘weapons of the weak’ that they have.
Crucially, at street scale, on-street parking is not allowed, which opens up the streetscape for people, on foot and on bike, for conversation and activities, and yes, for moving goods and people around but as a secondary ‘enabling’ activity to the life of the street itself.
“There must be agreement on a coalition between labor and capital, whose interests are aligned in seeking taxation from landowners rather than workers or productive activity.”
Fixing the housing problem will require radical new coalitions to break existing deadlocks.
An excellent overview of the issues around Slate Star Codex without having to read a single word of the blog yourself. That’s an excellent service.
Scaling up successful government bureaucracies is something I’ve considered as well and which has lots of benefits over privatization (and could be a real solution for the fragmented administration that Germany has for instance).
“This gets at the heart of what’s deeply wrong with this perspective: it prioritizes currently non-existent, possibly never-existent, hypothetical future possible people over living, breathing people today, because the former could possibly, maybe, perhaps far outnumber the latter.”
An argument by Phil Torres of how the Effective Altruism movement is an ideological front for white supremacy and eventual genocide.
I want to echo this and add that once you realize what the git `master` refers to, it is unconscionable that we reproduce it so often and so callously every day of our working lives. (Disclosure: Alicia reports to me.)
I’ve always felt that programming is more similar to languages than to mathematics. The number of hard maths problems that we solve as part of this work are really limited, the number of language problems on the other hand is immense.
Frédéric Lordon tries to own Piketty but comes around at the end anyway because as he says: the data is there, the timing is there and Piketty is a decent guy.