1. Activism, justice, and shalom
In last week’s Repaso I included the first part of an interview between Jamie Smith (@james_ka_smith) and Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (@tylerws). Here’s a taste of part two (and tasty it is):
The question for me is: will our passion [for justice] extend to hating injustice even when the people against whom injustice is being perpetuated might actually hate us? Who might be thoroughly unsympathetic characters and yet, nevertheless, be victims of injustice? That’s why I think the next step for the justice movement, as it were, is growing into a commitment to peace, which I think is much harder because it involves places where people are committing violence.
The post-apocalyptic ethic that assumes a need for women and children to gun down the unprepared is sort of at work already. And this reminds me that the opposite of generosity is not greed; greed is a proximate cause underneath which lies fear. Fear is the opposite of generosity.
4. Micro and macro development
Pranab Bardhan, an economics professor at UC Berkeley, reviews four relatively recent books that are shaping how we think about – and do – economic development. They roughly fall into two camps:
In the past decade, development economics has grown to extraordinary prominence, not just in academia but also in the public arena. This new development economics has moved in two strikingly different directions. The first focuses on micro-level policy interventions… The second trend focuses on macro institutions: the structures of democracy, autocracy, centralized and diffused power, and legal protections of property and contracts that organize politics and markets.