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Allende the 'victim'

In a piece remembering the days of Salvador Allende's rule, Roberto Ampuero in today's Washington Post waxes nostalgic for the gradualism of Allende's policies. He blames the US government, the Chilean right, what he calls the Chilean 'far left', and even Fidel Castro for ultimately being responsible for Allende's death.

Moral of the story: Communism by armed revolution is abominable, but communism by democracy is just dandy.

College football fever

Since I was traveling recently, this is my first full Saturday of college football this season. I've got the fever and am making a full day out of it - College Gameday to start with, VT-JMU early on, Washington State-ND and UCLA-Colorado in the afternoon, Florida-Miami and Oklahoma-Alabama in primetime, and LSU-Arizona in the nightcap, with chow and beverages, and even the occasional blog in between. What a day, what a day.

Some sense on the 'obesity epidemic'

A sensible article by Fred Barbash on the hysteria over the 'obesity epidemic' appeared in last week's Washington Post Outlook section. Read more »

Quote of the Day


My flow, my show brought me the doe

That bought me all my fancy things

My crib, my cars, my pools, my jewels

Look nigga I done came up and I ain't changed

- 50 Cent on reciprocal exchange

The problem with educational standards

foreheadThe most common criticism of education in America, other than the pervasive calls for "more money", is that very little choice exists. Probably the second most common criticism is lack of enforced standards. I wholeheartedly endorse the first criticism, but do not share the second one. Read more »

Things that make you go hmmm

Not only does Dennis L. Evans have the wrong idea about homeschooling in today's USA today [link via Mises Blog], but he also gives us the headscratcher of the week:

One of the strengths of our educational system is the wide range of legitimate forms of public, private or parochial schooling available for parental choice.

Quote of the Day

Neither one answered. "Speak up, speak up!" urged the doctor. "What are you going to study?"

Jim said, "Well, I don't know. I'm interested in aerography, but I like biology, too. Maybe I'll be a planetary economist like my old man."

"That's a big subject. Ought to keep you busy for a long time. You, Frank?"

Francis looked slightly embarrassed. "Well, uh - shucks, I still think I'd like to be a rocket pilot."

"I thought you had outgrown that." Doctor MacRae looked almost shocked.

"Why not?" Francis answered doggedly. "I might make it."

'Price stability'

Frank Shostak wrote a great piece on so-called 'price stability' last week at An excerpt: Read more »

Quote of the Day

And it refers to principles. Now, anyone can go ahead and sneer at principles as "extremist" or "unrealistic" or "utopian" or anything else, but the fact is that authentic principles -- fundamental or general truths on which abstracted truths stand or fall -- are indispensibly necessary requirements for the conduct of human life. You sneer at them at risk of your own existence.

Quote of the Day

Having things may not make you happy. Getting things may not change you inside.

How is not having things going to make you happy? How is getting rid of things going to change you inside?

The creed of necessity

Brian Micklethwait of Samizdata gives his thoughts on the necessity of compulsory purchase for transportation routes, spinning off a comment by Patrick Crozier in response to a post about Segway on Transport blog to which David Sucher of City Comforts Blog also Read more »

The soul of humanity just became a bit more pure

Reports at the time said huge numbers of bodies were dumped into the Nile River after it became impossible to dig graves fast enough.

Idi Amin died earlier this week. Among the list of mass murderers of the 20th century, he is not near the top of the list, although he was no shabby butcher, racking up a tally of nearly 500,000. Read more »

Kling shows his hand

Aesthetic appeal and economic value

Glenn Reynolds' new TCS column entitled "Look and Feel" is about the increasing focus on design rather than functionality in today's society. Products are becoming shiny, personalized vehicles of self-expressions and individuality, valued more for their look and feel rather than their what they do. Read more »

Ibergus on economics and politicians

Isaac Waisberg wonders why there are so few weblogs studying the ramifications of human action.

I don't know but we're trying to do our part.