Saturday, November 26, 2016

Six of the Best 645

"Trump’s behavior, if successful, would supply proof of concept that he can destroy norms unimpeded. He has already dismantled the twin guardrails against presidential kleptocracy, tax disclosure and personal divestment, in quick succession." Jonathan Chait fears that the US constitution provides few curbs to Donald Trump's apparent intention to behave like a Russian oligarch.

"Worker-directors would increase boardroom diversity – not least by bringing ground truth to the table – and thus improve decision-making. The more intelligent fund managers see this." Chris Dillow is disappointed that Theresa May has gone back on hre promise to put workers on company boards.

Mikhail Zinshteyn says the problem with higher education in the US today  is that colleges are operating more like businesses and less like a social good.

Christopher Klein on how a photographed of a flogged slave went viral in 19th-century American and influenced public opinion in the northern states.

The influential post-war Oxford philosopher J.L. Austin is rediscovered by Nakul Krishna.

When it was built in the 1840s Osmaston Manor in Derbyshire was the most technologically advanced house in the world. Ian West introduces us to a surprising building that was demolished in 1965.

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