Links, 6/24/11

  • Caitlin Flanagan, “The Madness of Cesar Chavez” – thought I linked to this already. From the article: In harvest season, the temperature will climb to over 100 degrees many days, and the rubbed velvet of the spring will have given way to a choking dust. Almost none of the workers breathing it will have a union contract, few will be here legally, and the deals they strike with growers will hinge on only one factor: how many other desperate people need work. California agriculture has always had a dark side.
  • Jay Cost, “What Would Jimmy Do?” – from the article: Of course, the Democratic party’s left wing paid no mind to these limits. They demanded the passage of the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill, a massive hike in the minimum wage, a comprehensive national health care policy, and more. They also dragged their heels on Carter’s effort to make the government work better at what it was doing – giving him grief over welfare and job training reform. And the labor unions frequently balked at Carter’s efforts to keep the country from being pulled further into the wage-price spiral. Yet, on most of these items, Carter stood up to his own party, and he paid the political price for it.
  • ‘Money blurts’ help drive fundraising – there’s a big difference between campaigning and governing. The fact gimmicks like this are helping people get elected should scare everyone. We need serious candidates, not sound bites.
  • Dave Gilson, “What Parents Can Learn From Prison Guards” (h/t thag, I think) – from the article: Another familiar example: “I’m not going to tell you again!” This phrase, Thompson says, “is almost always a lie. You will say it again, and possibly again and again!” And there’s the old parental fall-back, “Because those are the rules!” It only encourages resistance, says Thompson.

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