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Is it August already? I'll look for you if I get down the Cape to Wellfleet.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2007 on Not Saying Whatever Comes to Mind at ShrinkWrapped
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This study clearly worked backwards from conclusion to evidence. The unstated source for their material well-being is the Gini index ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient ), which measures "income inequality." The final figures they come up with are almost a perfect match for the UN's income inequality measurement ( http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2004/pdf/hdr04_HDI.pdf ; scroll down to table 14). The English-speaking countries tend to have much higher GDPs per person (higher absolute income) but fewer income-limiting work rules, taxes, and social welfare plans. Since income-limiting work rules, taxes, and social welfare plans are considered "nice" by the UN conventional wisdom, we fail on their "niceness" measurement. Big deal. On the other hand, if they were to measure social mobility, wealth distribution (rather than income), absolute (not relative) income, labor force participation rates, years of schooling, university funding, etc., we might come out looking a lot better. Can't have that, now, can we?
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So if one's politics change over time, does that require a retroactive change in one's childhood? Or is that only if one becomes a Stalinist?
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