Sunday, 23 September 2012
A whole lot of links. Many of these I posted on twitter, but they could do with being categorised and indexed.
UK as potential tax haven: Mail
"Putinism has both systemic and structural characteristics, but it is also a system of personal rule."
Free Northerner - the collapse: brief look at forms of collapse
Wealth and trustworthiness -
Kevin Drum - trustworthiness as key employee characteristic
Helen Rittlemeyer - Smash the Meritocracy
Definition of old democracy - Jeffery Hart 1973 via Helen Rittlemeyer
Inter-service rivalry in The Empire
Problems in the courts
One of the normally most open-minded and cautious of liberal writers decides that free speech must just be an absolute good for no reason at all
Long article on "Liberal arts" - mostly drivel but what struck me was the line :
Everyone who has ever worked on a newspaper knows that what one learns in four years in journalism school can be acquired in less than two months working on a newspaper. But as journalism schools spread, it slowly became necessary to go through one in order to get a job on a large metropolitan daily. Going to “journ” school became a form of pledging the fraternity.
A tweet: @umairh @Phillip_Blond In Netherlands, CW [Conventional Wisdom] is that landowners hated serfdom; 19th-C serfs had good deal (rents flat for 200+ yrs)
Discussion of monarchy and aristocracy links I think to the "Egalitarian Monarchism" Medaille idea I blogged about in 2010
Lots on aristocracy - I've emphasised absolute centralised monarchy, but recent posts have seen the idea of aristocracy forcing its way in, so I can't ignore on that basis. Good links in there.