Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“Any idiot can impose and exercise control. It takes genius to elicit freedom and release creativity.” —@DeeWHock
“LinkedIn is bragging that ‘member engagement has hit a record high’, which I’m sure is due to how great LinkedIn is, and has nothing to do with 30 million people being laid off and desperate for work.” —@MeetingBoy
“When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.” —Hannah Arendt
“Once we have embraced capitalism as our economic system, it’s clear that the primary form of business organisation must be the firm. It is, therefore, a basic institution. But because the firm also puts the republican liberty of workers at risk, we can’t rely on post-institutional regulation alone to address this risk. History shows us that, without unions, workers are too often subject to exploitation and abuse and arbitrary treatment even when there are laws prohibiting such misconduct. Given the expense, delay and risk of seeking recourse in the courts, the deterrent effect of these post-institutional legal prohibitions isn’t enough. A just society must do more to discourage the firm from using its power to threaten the freedom of its employees. This means that we need to recognise that unions are as much a basic institution as the firm itself, and make unionisation universal.”
Schools in Denmark
“Denmark has been used as a talking piece for those suggesting school reopening has minimal risks. Let’s clarify what exactly Denmark did to achieve minimal risk:
First, some context. Denmark’s population is under 6M people and schools reopened in mid-April, when daily cases where below 70 and going down. There were ~3,500 active cases in the country at the time.
Only K-5 classes were opened. Older kids had virtual class from home. Kids cohorted in groups of 10/12 with one teacher throughout the day. Government asked families to keep children home when one or both parents did not work, to reduce the number of kids in school.
Staggered entry times, no contact between cohorts. Parents cannot enter school. Different school doors used for entry when possible. Reserved playground space, with no cross-cohort use of the same area. Most classes held outside whenever possible.
Public Parks were reserved exclusively for children during school hours (8:00-3:30). When seating distance of at least 2 meters, classroom materials cleaned twice daily. Initially, no masks required, but recently cloth masks introduced.” … Read more on Twitter from Diego Bassani