In Focus: Sichuan Earthquake Recovery
Last Saturday, a destructive earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, near the epicenter of the devastating 2008 earthquake, damaging thousands of structures and triggering landslides in the mountainous region. As of yesterday, the death toll stood at more than 200, with nearly 12,000 injured, 23 still missing, and tens of thousands made homeless. The quake was measured at magnitude 7.0 by China’s earthquake administration and magnitude of 6.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Rescue teams and government aid personnel have struggled to reach the affected area, as many roads were damaged.
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Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed
Here’s an ultra-lightweight Italian suede that we had made for the store by Gimo’s. Peak lapels, two button construction, and side vents help make it wearable as a sportcoat just as easily as a casual outerwear jacket. Paired with our J. Lawrence label button down shirt and a casual summer tie, you’re all set for any occasion.
Also pictured: Edward Green Hove in dark oak antique, tropical weight wool trousers from Brioni, and a pocket square from Armstrong & Wilson.
All the things that are worth doing, take time. - Mos Def
“Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times and he moved his hand further and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches.”
Are you, as a libertarian, seriously suggesting that the markets — unregulated and untethered to any greater social compact than profit — are ever going to self-correct? That if we just make capitalism pure, it will fix everything? Like it did in the Industrial Revolution? Or the Age of the Robber Barons? I can’t believe anyone to be so obtuse. You have a huge historical problem, as a libertarian: The American economic dynamo of the 20th Century, the one that made us a world power without compare, was created as a result of a capitalist market that was 1) tethered to socialistic, New Deal impulses that created more wealth distribution and discretionary income throughout the various classes than at any other time and place in human history. And 2) recognition of collective bargaining and an empowerment of organized labor as a necessary element to that extraordinary period. It isn’t that labor wins everything, or that capital wins every fight. It means that both sides get enough of what they need and in doing so, both production and demand are made viable and the economy grows. Meaning: 3) Government has a fundamental and necessary role in regulating the economy, ergo, the classical libertarian talking points are utterly untethered to any actual reality in play here.
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If any good can come of a tragedy like the explosion in the town of West, Texas it is that it might help drive the zombie notion that all government regulation is bad back to the intellectual graveyard from whence it came. This is the fundamental problem with libertarianism: it’s the externalities, stupid. In the absence of government regulation, nothing prevents people from imposing risks on other people without their consent. I love freedom as much as anyone, but how any reasonable person can fail to understand this is beyond me.