From Danny Dorling\’s new book, \”Injustice, why social inequality persists\”, from the intro, this gem:
Within rich countries, the portrayal of children\’s abilities as lying along bell curves (as if these are natural things) is unjust.
Bell curves are unnatural? Children? Abilities?
Lordy be, height, weight, dick length, tit size and lifespan length lie upon bell curves. The thought that the smarts to deal with the world similarly lies along such a statistical representation of so much of the rest of the human experience is hardly revolutionary. And to describe it as \”unjust\” is simply to prove oneself as a mimping whiffler.
One other joy:
In the US to not have a car these days is not to live as a \”normal\” human being. But in Britain almost half the children of lone parents have no access to a car.
1) I\’m quite happy that kiddies aren\’t driving down to the offie myself.
2) To compare the social standards of one country to those of another does not, in fact, work. Many in India are vegetarian for religious reasons. This does not mean that many in England who eat meat are breaching English religious standards. Many in China eat rice as their preferred source of carbohydrates. This does not mean that those in England who eat potatoes are therefore rice deprived. And, of course, that England as a more urban country than the US, one with more communal, socialistic even, methods of transport like the Tube (and I most certainly, while not being either the child of a single mother or having sired children on a mother I am not married to, did not desire or have a car when I last lived in London) and thus a car is less of a requirement….I thought that was supposed to be a good thing?
3) Absolutely everyone has access to a car. It\’s called, for those who wish to rent it for a short time only (in the sense that \”prostitute\” is a synonym for \”very short term conjugal rights\” or \”short term wife\”) \” a taxi\”.
I might try to do a longer critique of this book as if that\’s what we get in the intro the rest of it should be fun.