Frank Furedi, sociologist, political guru, and much else besides, writes an occasional column called “Really Bad Ideas” on the Spiked website. In his column, Furedi offers cultural and political criticism on issues as diverse as “The tyranny of science” and “Censorship”. It didn’t take Furedi too long to get around to ripping in to environmentalism, which he did in a column published in September 2007 here. There are plenty of critiques of green politics around the web and the secondhand bookstores of the world, but this is certainly among the more interesting, rigorous and insightful that I have read.
Monthly Archives: January 2008
Prime Minister takes issue with house-cost findings: An international survey that found New Zealand the least affordable country for house buyers was widely attacked yesterday and its findings questioned.
I’ll keep an eye on how this unfolds (Original post here).
Spinning the Housing Affordability Crisis: Don Brash and Demographia try shift the blame, and the New Zealand Herald goes along for the free ride.
Anne Gibson’s unbalanced article: “NZ houses world’s least affordable” in this morning’s New Zealand Herald brings together a couple of themes I’ve been mulling over recently: housing affordability and PR “spin”. The article reports on the release of an international study of housing affordability and associated policy suggestions by Demographia (full report here).
In the early 1980s, a famous piece of research by Gerald Marwell and Ruth Ames (summarised here) suggested that economics graduates were more inclined than others to ‘free-ride’ on public goods by taking the benefits of public goods but failing to contribute to them. Neil Gandal, an economics professor from Tel Aviv University, and his colleagues Sonia Roccas, Lilach Sagiv and Amy Wrzesniewski have gone a little deeper into this problem by examining the personal value priorities of economists.