The New York Times has a very good in-depth article about the Notre Dame fire. [nyt]
Whenever a system is set up to allow corruption, it becomes corrupt. This ought not to surprise anyone, since it’s pretty obvious that the people who set it up to become corrupt planned it that way.
Here’s a candidate rule: any time you see an organization trying to enforce its own system of justice and discipline it is because:
When the media report on police crimes, they still use credulous language. What does that say?
Warning: Unsettling, Death, Gore, Cops killing people
Corporatism favors the rights of corporations ahead of those of their customers; right now we’re in the middle of a complex shouting-match regarding what companies like Facebook can decide to provide to marketing partners; are we trusting them too much with our data? Are they going to handle it responsibly? What makes people imagine that companies are not going to immediately have a strategy meeting and ask, “what is the worst thing we can do with our customer data? Because: let’s do that!”