Archive for April, 2012

From interfluidity: Depression is a choice (Yes, it’s a lower cost for freedom than the alternatives.)
On interfuidity, Steve Randy Waldman writes: We are in a depression, but not because we don’t know how to remedy the problem. We are in a depression because it is our revealed preference, as a polity, not to remedy the problem. We are choosing cont…
The Black Swan Simplified? It’s Conservatism In A Nutshell Silly.
Mark Crovelli writes on Mises.org Brazil, that the central message of the Black Swan is "PROBABILITY IS SUBJECTIVE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN TOO SERIOUSLY". Then on his Facebook page asks for thoughts. Well, it is always dangerous to ask for opinion a…
Putting The American Failure To Support Britain Over Argentina In Strategic Context
Nile Gardner recently wrote about the lack of American political support for the UK's problems with Argentina. He asks, what thanks does Britan get for fighting alongside the US in Afghanistan? Of course, it may be not obvious that Gardner's article is a…
Four Levers Of Policy Create An Opportunity For Exchange
http://modeledbehavior.com/2012/04/17/phelps-on-keynesianism It is clear why you could not get economic growth without innovation but the vast majority of business activity over the course of human history have been in economies that were not growi…
A Not So Funny, All Too True. Anti Immigration Cartoon
A humorous anti-immigration cartoon. My significant other, who is Meti (mixed native-american and white) has a pretty strong anti-white streak for this reason. And listening to her, I don't suppose that white people will feel any differently about the …
Teasing Karl Smith: The Futility Of Teaching Pigs To Sing
Just because Karl Smith is the best progressive economics blogger, and a decent and honest man, doesn't mean he isn't a poster child for the errors in progressive thought. It's precisely WHY hes the best poster child for progressive thought: because he's …
An Argument In Support Of Faith As A Limit On The State
My question is whether the criticism of faith are purely political: whether faith is a means of limiting political influence - coercion. As much as it WAS an instrument of coercion in the past. It's content has changed since the darwinian revolution. Othe…
WORD BUDGETS: Writing vs Speaking, and the Male vs Female myth.
I can't quite tell if there is any data to support the commonly quoted difference between men and women's speaking budgets. It's one of those things that's so commonly bandied about that you'd think you could easily find data on it. But you can't. And wha…
Why Are Conservatives Happier?
Because the reality of imperfect human nature doesn't trouble them. They don't want to change the impossible. The universe is not something they struggle with. It's something to appreciate. They celebrate present goods over future fantasies. They struggle…
Stratfor On Iran’s Strategy
Depending upon your concept of the world: universalist democratic socialist, or hierarchical tribalist, or utilitarian economist, you might see US policy toward Iran in a different light. One thing is for sure: we are accomplishing for militant isl…