Weekly Update - February 3, 2009

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The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Update #3 - 02.03.09

Special Note: If you have not yet identified the terms you wish to define, or sent in your bio, please make a note to do so this week. Thank you - CS

This week

   * New Terms
   * Have you sent in your bio yet?
   * Have you claimed your terms?
   * Sample Draft Term - Poverty

   * A continually updating list of all contributing authors and their bios can be found at http://resurgence.opendemocracy.net/index.php/Author_Index
   * Please feel free to recommend or refer other contributors who you feel might enjoy participating in this project.
   * If you have not sent in your bio, please do so this week. Thank you.
   * The following terms were added this week:
   * Sociology
   * Sympathy
   * Locality
   * Localize
   * Localization
   * Incommensurability
   * Humanism
   * Durkheim
   * Collaboration
   * Competition
   * Coup
   * Culture
   * Accountability
   * Alienation
   * Anomie
   * Awe

To view the full Index: http://resurgence.opendemocracy.net/index.php/Index_of_Terms_and_Definitions

At any time you can propose new terms (up to 5 or more, the entire dictionary could have as many as 500 terms)

   * Have you claimed your terms?

You can view terms-in-progress to get some ideas of form and style by perusing the Index of Terms. All terms in BLUE are claimed and/or in-progress. Terms in RED are fair game. Or, propose your own.

   * Sample Term - "Poverty"

Here is another term in progress.


The World Bank[1] has one definition of poverty as those living on less than $1.25 per day: "1.4 billion people in the developing world (one in four) were living on less than $1.25 a day in 2005, down from 1.9 billion (one in two) in 1981". It seems like a miniscule change over 24 years, but, says the Rawlsian, it goes in the right direction.

However, a Rawlsian might be concerned with the inefficiency of a world which had to increase incomes overall by xx% in order to reduce extreme poverty by 500 million people. The hope that growth would relieve poverty is referred to as trickle-down economics, and the broad statistics of poverty discredit it. An ecological Rawlsian would wonder whether that reduction in poverty was achieved under conditions of sustainability.

While many ecologists want a more inclusive definition of poverty---one that would count the excessive consumerism of the over-developed West as being in some sense "poor" (Mike Hulme, for example)---many progressives would want the legitimate material aspirations of the poor not to be overlooked.

Tony Curzon Price


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On behalf of the team, let me thank you and wish you all the best...

Charles Shaw


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