Comments on: Some cracks in the technocrat cult http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/05/23/some-cracks-in-the-technocrat-cult/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/05/23/some-cracks-in-the-technocrat-cult/#comment-12805 Mon, 27 May 2013 17:59:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1972#comment-12805 “…Acemoglu changed his own mind” from believing that: “…labor organizations had become rent-seeking,…groups that specialize in getting a bigger share of the pie rather than making it grow overall…” to believing that we “…need some labor organizations as a counterweight to business lobbying.”

Labor unions look to their own…navel gazing opportunists interested solely in increasing their members’ advantage over society in general. Where is the “taxpayer counterweight” to government unions and congressional requirements to hire union or pay union scale on all government jobs/ Talk about am unnecessary rip-off!

“Historically, unions have played a key role in the creation of democracy in many parts of the world, particularly in Western Europe.” OK, but here in the U.S. we have had a democracy that works pretty good. It was created hundreds of years ago. What have unions done for US lately? Just increase the cost of public works and government bureaucrats!

“critics of the elite often don’t understand or don’t want to understand…[that]…the reforms which strengthened powerful vested interests didn’t begin as a cunning plot by a wealthy cabal, intent on further enriching itself…they were endorsed and advocated by today’s technocrats, who sincerely believed they were acting in the common good.” Hallelluja!

Hey PseudoTurtle! PLEASE read this!

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By: satori23 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2013/05/23/some-cracks-in-the-technocrat-cult/#comment-12801 Fri, 24 May 2013 00:34:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=1972#comment-12801 Sampling of simple, let’s call it ”small data”, such as picking up few news articles and few years of catalogs sent from the retail store near you, allows examination of trends and almost clairvoyant insight into future as much as potent algorithm of this and that kind.

It’s somewhat in line with ways we use samples in social sciences…, you really don’t need large scope to determine public opinion.

Well, digging big data is complex, it’s filled with variables and details and I do find it lovely and time-consuming…, I also find it itsy dangerous… for it can easily hide, as much as it can expose… often disturbing yet crystal clear – big pictures.

I like the way you’ve concluded your article Chrystia, numbers hold little clue about human nature.

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