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Jahi Chappell
Worked at Washington State University Vancouver
Attended University of Michigan
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Looks good... I oughta read this some day... :-/
books.google.com - How do different societies respond politically to environmental problems around theglobe? Answering this question requires systematic, cross-national compar...
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I came across this researching for a chapter I'm writing, having been pulled down a rabbit hole by the astonishing extremes of Larry Arnhart's analyses of "Darwinian Conservatism". Was happy to find this brief entry that, to me, quickly and efficiently dismantles Arnhart's overall thrust. I couldn't agree with Wilkins more that it is hard (if not impossible) to determine the "appropriate" mix of control and "open market access". (Though I disagree that "corruption and nepotism are the default behavior of humans" -- probably because I think "default behavior" is a meaningless term; there is no human existing apart from a specific history and context, and thus behavior is context dependent. Nepotism and corruption are tendencies given certain situations, and not in others.)

Arnhart's take on this, and on Bowles and Gintis's work, is rather shocking to me... it's one of those things that seems to assume he's "got it right", rather than--as implied by Wilkins's post--realizing that "it" varies, and does not really prove either "side" right. The best strategy for governing society, and its resulting or conflicting behavior, cannot be proscribed by simple and general rules, imho.
It all began with Larry Arnhart giving a “Darwinian” account of the case for financial bailouts. Then David Sloan Wilson rejected the argument from the Invisible Hand. Then Massimo Pigliucci entered t...
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You hit the nail on the head with the need for specific history and context, as well as the critique of "simple and general rules."  So many of these public/private, state/market, command/laissez-faire dualisms tend to ignore complexities and blurred boundaries in favor of abstract truisms, deductive logic and (in the case of Hayek in particular) a good dose of ideology.
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August 8, 2012. M. Jahi Chappell. School of the Environment, and The Center for Social and Environmental Justice. Washington State University Vancouver. x=?
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Nice follow-up on my OWS video from the Maddow blog:
My biggest problem in trying to figure out Occupy Wall Street was trying to figure out Occupy Wall Street. Like Will, prior to going there myself, I struggled with the idea that OWS protesters simply...
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I have a PhD. As a mentor said, "That means you're a weird person."
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