A collection of notes on economics and politics by James Little. Writer and photographer for Groove Korea.
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Good, Better, Best,
Never let it rest,
Until your Good is Better,
and your Better is your Best.

Nursery rhyme recited as motivation by NBA legend Tim Duncan

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

John Kenneth Galbraith

After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own.

Oscar Wilde

35 Practical Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution 


On Facebook, a friend recently linked to an article called 20 Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution. Although he liked the list, he (correctly) noted that most of the suggestions were quite academic.*

His comments have prompted me to create a list of more practical tools. Most…

Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace

Gender Equality and Quotas: NZ Edition

Recently there has been controversy in New Zealand over the Labour Party’s proposal to allow the party to stop men from seeking selection as candidates in some electorates in order to more fairly represent gender in the party. Quotas.

I am against a system of quotas, not because I don’t want women to be represented in parliament but exactly because I want them to be properly represented in parliament. I am passionate about the cause of women in politics and leadership roles and my time in South Korea has furthered my interest in feminism and gender equality in this regard.

That being said, as a liberal (more in the classical than American definition) I also object to a political organisation trying to fix a complicated problem not by being earnest and looking for long term solutions, but by simply creating rules. Making a rule isn’t the same as changing a cultural mindset.

On a final introductory note I find a chilling irony from well intentioned men talking about how to improve gender equality by means of sitting around and deciding what is best for them.

Here are my objections in descending order

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Public Shaming: The victim-blaming, slut-shaming reactions to the Steubenville rape... 


The victim-blaming, slut-shaming reactions to the Steubenville rape case keep pouring in. You can check out my first post on it here. Pointing out the worst responses and reactions to this all would not be complete without posting a clip of CNN grieving over the “ruined lives of the boys.” Watch…

Victims blaming at its worst.

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

Kramare and Treichler (1996)

One of my favorite comics from XKCD, I was reminded of it when reading The Economist’s article about online comics the other day.

In a free society you don’t need a reason to make something legal, you need a reason to make something illegal.

The West Wing - S02E15 Ellie

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