The Problem of Economic Autor-ity

I’ll never apologize for tasteless puns. But for the record, even I thought this pun was a bad one. It’s a mix of Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority (a wonderful book I’ve reviewed on C4SS here and here) and the subject of today’s article: economist Michael Autor. More specifically, Autor’s recent thoughts from a TED talk he did…

NPR On “The Meaning of Work”

Last October NPR had a roundup of various TED talks about work and how we derive meaning from it. Fortunately/unfortunately, I’ve already commented on a lot of these themes and even responded specifically to one of the folks who are mentioned, Barry Schwartz. There’s a few things from him in the TED talk that I…

Attack of the Superchickens!

Not too long ago Margaret Heffernan, a former CEO of multiple businesses, gave a talk during a TED conference about the “pecking order” of various businesses. Places where getting to the top, competing against one another, being the most productive and so on are valued above all else. There’s little (if any) time for talking…