BLOG - Choose, and choose wisely
When I was 10 years old, I volunteered to distribute pamphlets for one of the electorate candidates in our area. Each day of my school holiday I would fill up a shopping bag with stacks of shiny brochures, grab my Dad’s Walkman, and progress assertively around the streets of our neighbourhood filling letterboxes; proudly marking my route on the electorate map.
BLOG - Prudence and grit
What separates righteous anger from rioting mobs? What triggers the turn from peaceful protest against injustice, to looting and violence, on the scale most recently seen in Ferguson, Missouri? In a recent piece in National Affairs, Richard J. Reeves, former advisor to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, offered an answer.
BLOG - Minimum wage, minimal help
If raising the minimum wage is actually going to help kids in poverty-stricken working families, those on a minimum wage actually need to be in poor families. In reality, minimum wage workers are perched on all rungs of the household income ladder. An analysis by two academics in 2008 suggested that only forty percent of minimum-wage workers live with households in the bottom three income brackets, with more than sixteen percent living in homes that sit on the top three rungs of the ladder.