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The Rise of the Monk Mode Morning (Reading Time: 3 Mins)
“The execution of the monk mode morning is straightforward. Between when you wake up and noon: no meetings, no calls, no texts, no email, no Slack, no Internet. You instead work deeply on something (or some things) that matter.”
California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in (Reading Time: 10 Mins)
“Several experts noted a growing income disparity between Californians with and without college degrees. That shows up in the data on domestic migration: About 800,000 more adults 25 and older without a bachelor’s degree left California for other states than came here; there was a simultaneous net gain of adults with graduate degrees.”
On Political Correctness (Reading Time: 15 Mins )
“Political correctness expects us to plot our experience on the grid of identity, to interpret it in terms of our location at the intersection of a limited number of recognized categories. You are a lesbian Latina, therefore you must feel X. You are a white trans man, therefore you must think Y. But identity should not precede experience; it should proceed from it. And experience is much more granular, and composed of a vastly larger number of variables, than is dreamt of in the PC philosophy. I myself am a youngest child; I was raised in the suburbs; I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family—but more to the point, my consciousness and way of being in the world have been shaped by an infinite series of experiential particulars, a large proportion of which are not reducible to any category.”
From The Blog Vault:
Stephen Dubner: “Just a few decades ago, more than 90 percent of 30-year-olds earned more than their parents had earned at the same age. Now it’s only about 50 percent. What happened — and what can be done about it?”
The podcast talks about factors that prevent upward mobility: residential segregation, income inequality, family structure, and social capital. In the 1990s the Clinton administration ran a pilot program to see what happens if they provide low income families with housing vouchers requiring the recipients to live in better neighborhoods.
Raj Chetty, Professor of economics at Stanford University: “And, quite remarkably, and I still vividly remember seeing this when we were studying this at the IRS, looking at the data — when you look at children who moved when they were young, you see extremely clearly that they are doing dramatically better today as adults. They are earning 30 percent more, they are 27 percent more likely to go to college, they’re 30 percent less likely to become single parents. And that, in our view, just kind of completely changed everything and I think has changed people’s perceptions of MTO.”
Being a lucky recipient of section 8 housing and free tuition to a private elementary school, I can testify to the benefits of this program. Being able to live in a stable neighborhood and learn/network with upper middle class and wealthy families in Silicon Valley provided me with the social capital that continues to help me to this day. I hope others are provided with the same opportunity.