Author Archives: John Lusk

Power differentials and allyship

The Compendium Cards is mostly about organizational (business) leadership, so I read this as a differential in just plain power structures at work, as opposed to a more DEI-flavored thing, but I think it works both ways, really.

Also, I just bought Amélie a cup of tea. The Guide to Allyship seems like a worthwhile thing:

(DEI: diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mostly about race, gender, sexual orientation.)

Republicans and the IRS

«It’s an effort that goes back to 2010, when Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives and immediately instituted a series of crippling cuts on the IRS. Since then, overall funding for the IRS has fallen further, by more than 20 percent, while enforcement funding has dropped by 31 percent. That’s made it easier for high-net-worth tax cheats and major corporations to avoid federal taxes to the tune of billions of dollars.»

On drone warfare

«“As people here say, if it comes down to exchanging gunfire, you’ve already made a mistake.” He volunteered during the 2014-15 war against Russian proxies in the Donbas area.

“When I was in my first campaign, I thought, what on earth are those drones, I have to be the real man, carry a gun on my shoulder, go seek out the enemy,” said the 33-year-old. “I’m older and wiser now.”