Monthly Archives: March 2011

Why not Socialism? Well, mostly because it’s morally problematic

The new great blog Bleeding Heart Libertarians poses an interesting question which comes from G.A. Cohen’s Why not Socialism?: …imagine a camping trip among friends.  Food and goods are shared freely.  Everyone abides by (purportedly) socialist principles of community and … Continue reading

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Raising the Prestige of Government Bureaucrats

I once upon a time argued that raising the prestige of government bureaucrats would be one way to help muddle our way through the Great Stagnation. Some people thought this was a little unclear and general as a suggestion (and it was), … Continue reading

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Captured in Passing: Manassas, Virginia

My picture, taken in August 2009

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Two Responses

Reported the AP: When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Houston or Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. But tickets were too expensive, so … Continue reading

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Why the Epic is Awesome

One way of thinking about what makes epic storytelling distinct is its ability to ignore contradictions within its story and paint a picture from various angles and perspectives. I’ll give an example. In the book of Samuel, David is introduced twice, … Continue reading

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The Great Stagnation

Tyler Cowen’s new ebook, The Great Stagnation, is what all the cool kids on the blogosphere are reading these days. It’s a very short, extremely readable explanation of why American median wages have flatlined since the 1970s, and why we … Continue reading

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Inequality and Incarceration

As I did in my last post on incarceration, I’m going to take a simple look at the data on a topic way beyond the scope of a blog post. As I said last time, my interest was piqued in … Continue reading

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