Execupundit’s Michael Wade points to a fascinating essay…
By the same token, what we could call behavioral poverty helps explain how some individuals spend their lives mired in poverty and social dysfunction. Behavioral poverty is reflected in the attitudes, values, and beliefs that justify entitlement thinking, the spurning of personal responsibility, and the rejection of traditional social mechanisms of advancement. It is characterized by high self-indulgence, low self-regulation, exploitation of others, and limited motivation and effort. It can be correlated with a range of antisocial, immoral, and imprudent behaviors, including substance abuse, gambling, insolvency, poor health habits, and crime.
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The essay, Behavior Matters, is on City Journal, here.
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There’s a new exhibition of William Blake’s work at the Tate Britain.
Despite this rather downbeat review, I find my interest heightened by ” the show’s focus on practicalities”:
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…with Nicholas Bate.
This is well worth a read.
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Another great podcast from CapX’s Free Exchange series. In this episode, Steven Pinker discusses his recent book, Enlightenment Now.
It’s a fascinating book, but I confess I’ve been reading it all year. The takeaway is clear but the wealth of data takes time to digest. The book is worth the work, but this 30-minute podcast will give you the gist.
The podcast you can hear, here.
You can also get it on iTunes, here.
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The Hammock Papers has sage advice for independents.
Read every day something no one else is reading…
Read the rest, and the source, here.
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This week, screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was defending herself against accusations of being posh and privileged.
Whenever someone is successful, others search for a reason. Ideally, that reason should be “unfair” in some way: privilege, poshness, nepotism, even a “natural talent” or “magic touch”.
Clearly, it shouldn’t involve hard work, dedication or focus.
Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington
In the early days of the horseless carriage, the Locomotive Act required such vehicles to be preceded by a man with a red flag. Safety first, after all.
The flag-man is back, but now must shout “Broom, broom! Parp, parp!” at pedestrians.
Read and rejoice at the acoustic coddling, here.
Execupundit’s Michael Wade on an eternal truth:
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No matter how small an act may be, if it is kind or cruel and needlessly done, there is a good chance that it will be remembered for many years.
Robert Greene on the importance of being grounded and knowing your selves:
If you’re constantly listening to what other people are saying, if you’re plugged into the matrix continually, and that’s your only reality, then … you’re never understanding who you are. What you see when you look in the mirror is a reflection of all the opinions that other people have … You become a reflection of other people.
A five-minute film for the weekend…
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Losing your job can be hard. For some, though, it’s the spur they need to start out on their own.
Here’s some interesting research from Harvard Business Review (Eliana Crosina of Babson College and Michael G. Pratt of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College). The researchers find that such job-seekers fall into two categories: Recreators and Repurposers:
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