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  1. “Deep concerns that do not arise in traditional welfare economics”

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    October 11, 2017 by AK

    In 2013, “W.W.” wrote in the Democracy in America column in The Economist: The insidiousness of “libertarian paternalism” is not in the slippery slope from the non-coercive nudge to explicitly coercive limits on individual liberty. Rather, the problem is that, as a piece of language, “libertarian paternalism” renders difficult the ability to conceive of a …
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  2. Dewey on George

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    September 18, 2017 by AK

    John Dewey wrote in 1927: No man, no graduate of a higher educational institution, has a right to regard himself as an educated man in social thought unless he has some first-hand acquaintance with the theoretical contribution of this great American thinker. Of Henry George, that is.


  3. The Purple Death

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    September 12, 2017 by AK

    From Eliot Weinberger’s Not Recommended Reading in the London Review of Books: The Purple Death (1895) by William Livingston Alden Professor Schmidt, a bacteriologist, believes that the way to bring about economic equality is not by assassinating the capitalists, who are easily replaced, but by eliminating millions of workers, thereby creating a labour shortage that would …
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  4. “My niece got weed”

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    September 9, 2017 by AK

    According to Wikipedia, “Love Me Two Times” is a song by the American rock band the Doors. It first appeared on their second studio album Strange Days… The song was written by guitarist Robby Krieger. Written, recorded and issued in 1967. A comment on YouTube: When I first heard this song as a teen, I …
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  5. “The Emperor of Ice-Cream” revisited

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    September 7, 2017 by AK

    This week, I’ve been re-reading Aaron Haspel’s excellent blog, God of the Machine. In May 2003, he anatomized The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens (1922). On thing struck me in going through the poem. “Let be be finale of seem” reminds me of the first line from Mignon’s last song in Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. …
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  6. “Truth is a cruel flirt, and must be treated accordingly”

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    September 6, 2017 by AK

    Via Arts and Letters Daily, a a brief article on the economist Henry George by Michael Kinsley, formerly of The New Republic. In the title, Kinsley introduces George as “the obscure economist Silicon Valley billionaires should dump Ayn Rand for.” If you’ve ever been interested in libertarian thought, you’re probably familiar not only with Ayn …
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  7. Self-censorship now required of Google Play apps

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    August 19, 2017 by AK

    Google has removed Gab‘s Android application from the Google Play store. This was done “as a policy strike because it [the app] violates the hate speech policy.” Google Play’s hate speech policy is this: We don’t allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, …
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  8. Overcome vs. answer

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    August 10, 2017 by AK

    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo begins: Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?” And ends: I thought about all of this, looked at my daughter and answered …
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  9. Dirty fusion

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    July 30, 2017 by AK

    This post is about William “Bill” Browder’s recent Senate testimony on the enforcement of the Foreign Agent Registration Act. While you don’t have to trust Browder on other issues, his testimony makes it rather likely that Fusion GPS tried to smear him in the media and was paid for that by a firm owned by …
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  10. It makes no sense, but will it work?

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    July 28, 2017 by AK

    Here’s my superficial reading of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” Apart from relatively minor tightenings of the screws (which might nonetheless hurt a good deal), there are three major innovations, as far as I can see: (a) The bill removes the president’s discretion, making some of the sanctions mandatory (with only a national …
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