Don't Leave Me Alone. Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-04-20).
One sentiment commonly expressed by libertarians is the desire to just be "left alone." This is often meant politically: "If people would just leave each other alone, the world would be a much better place," or "I just want to be left alone to do what I want." And in…(Linked Wednesday 2011-05-11.)
INTERESTING QUESTION. Robert Paul Wolff, The Philosopher's Stone (2011-04-18).
Marinus sent me a long, very interesting email message, criticizing my dismissive attitude toward the Prisoner’s Dilemma in Part Five of my tutorial on Formal Methods in Political Philosophy. I am turning that over in my mind, and will reply in a bit. But out of curiosity, I Google’d him,…(Linked Wednesday 2011-05-11.)
Do the Nannies Get Nannies? cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2011-05-11).
As incomprehensible as it is to shun both the Democratic and Republican parties, apparently it borders on incoherence to find fault with both pro- and anti-natalist arguments, or so it seems. This month Cato Unbound has a pretty good feature on the politics of family size–see in particular Matthew Connelly's…(Linked Thursday 2011-05-12.)
The Opposite of a Nut-Punch. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-05-13).
Well, not the complete opposite — the NYPD comes off looking pretty bad. Still, this is the feel-good crime story of the week.(Linked Friday 2011-05-13.)
Last Time In the City. email@example.com (Τζούλια Ρήμ?@cf;20ac;ερ Πι?@cf;201e;), Propaganda Lalaland (2011-05-07).
Saturday was probably my last time at Red Emma’s in a long while. I thought I’d go down there since I’m leaving Maryland on Friday morning and may not be back again until January of next year (assuming my study abroad plans will work out). I remember the last time…(Linked Friday 2011-05-13.)
STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2010 > Features > Clelia Mosher. www.stanfordalumni.org (2011-01-12).
In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family. Sifting through the papers of Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, who taught in Stanford's hygiene department around the turn of the 20th century, he came across a mysteriously bound file. Degler…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
Common Sense, or a functioning economy has no underclass. Marja Erwin (2011-01-12).
1. A government can’t solve systemic unemployment through stimulus. It can create temporary boosts which *mask* systemic unemployment; it may even have significant effects depending how easily it responds to spending and how slowly the unemployment rate approaches its normal level relative to the economic system.2. A functioning economy has…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
Reading Chomsky. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-01-12).
The Good (in churlish brevity) I've just finished reading Noam Chomsky's Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (it was a Christmas gift). Unsurprisingly, nearly all of it is excellent, and I highly recommend it. Chomsky lucidly explains how u.s. foreign policy is not only imperialist now but has been…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
The Taxpayers Won't Benefit. Sheldon Richman, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-12-15).
Why does everyone say the taxpayers will be winners when the banks, AIG, and GM repay their TARP and other bailout money with interest? The taxpayers won't see a dime! I doubt if any money will even go toward reducing the debt. The only real winners will be the politicians…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
What "Undercover Boss" Could Be. Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-12-15).
Recently I stumbled across the TV show Undercover Boss. A CEO poses as a new employee at one of his firm's factories or stores in order to see how the company really runs. In the episode I watched, the CEO of the Johnny Rocket's restaurant chain spent time working in…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Winner of Beth A. Hoffman Prize for Economic Writing Named. Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-01-12).
The first annual Beth A. Hoffman Memorial Prize for Economic Writing has been awarded to Kevin A. Carson, the Foundation for Economic Education announced. Through the generosity of a FEE donor, the prize has been established to honor the memory of Beth A. Hoffman by recognizing the best article on…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today, He’d Be Just Like Me. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-13).
You know all those articles that purport to say what George Orwell would believe if he were alive today, in which Orwell turns out to have had a change of heart on every significant subject where the author disagrees with him? You can do that to Martin Luther King too:…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Food:Class:Working Class. bfp, flip flopping joy (2011-01-03).
I've been wondering why food for working class people is always represented as "manly man food" that is greasy, heavy, thick food. I mean, I get the origins of working class food as thick greasy meat based food—fish and chips, for example, has enough heaviness and calories to last through…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Szasz in One Lesson. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2011-01-13).
(First posted in 2006, and now amended. The relevance to the Tucson massacre is self-explanatory.)This is something I came up with some time ago to summarize a good deal of what Thomas Szasz, a great libertarian and hero of mine, has been saying for half a century.If neuroscientists discovered that…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Radio Theater. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-14).
Get ready to suspend your disbelief. One of the most resilient acts in theatrical history has returned to the D.C. stage: the We're Going To Defund Public Broadcasting show. Every time this play gets revived, the director alters the story slightly to reflect recent events. This time the performers are…(Linked Friday 2011-01-14.)