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Valuing Employment – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Valuing Employment – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Crime, Culture, Economics, Policy, Sociology

J.T. once asked me what sociologists had to say about gangs and inner-city poverty. I told him that some sociologists believed in a “culture of poverty”—that is, poor blacks didn’t work because they didn’t value employment as highly as other ethnic groups did, and they transmitted this attitude across generations. “So you want me to […]

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The Two Ways – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi

April 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Two Ways – “If This Is A Man” – Primo Levi · Genocide, Humanism, Philosophy

We do not believe in the most obvious and facile deduction: that man is fundamentally brutal, egoistic and stupid in his conduct once every civilized institution is taken away, and that the Häftling is consequently nothing but a man without inhibitions. We believe, rather, that the only conclusion to be drawn is that in the […]

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The Disposition Not to Prepare for the Harder Alternative – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Disposition Not to Prepare for the Harder Alternative – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · Complexity, History, Leadership, Philosophy, Politics

One constant among the elements of 1914—as of any era—was the disposition of everyone on all sides not to prepare for the harder alternative, not to act upon what they suspected to be true.

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The Great Illusion – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

March 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Great Illusion – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman · History, Philosophy, War, WW1

A new book, “The Great Illusion” by Norman Angell, had just been published, which proved that war had become vain. By impressive examples and incontrovertible argument Angell showed that in the present financial and economic interdependence of nations, the victor would suffer equally with the vanquished; therefore war had become unprofitable; therefore no nation would […]

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Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Commuting in Mumbai – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, Environmental Policy, India, Policy

Giresh once drew for me on a piece of paper a diagram of the dance, the choreography of the commuter trains. The Bombay Central contingent stands in the centre of the train from Borivali to Churchgate. The people around them move clockwise around the BC contingent like this: first are the Jogeshwari batch, then Bandra, […]

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