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Fallen Angel

Angel.jpgThe television series Angel, an offshoot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and brainchild of Joss Whedon, has been cancelled. Read more »

When a Problem Comes Along, You Must <del>Whip</del> Ban It

Radley Balko has better things to do than debunk this "craptacular" case against efficiency. Believe it or not, I don't.

Since the issue in question is efficiency, it may be helpful to begin by defining it. The late Paul Heyne, a former professor of the blogosphere's very own Andrew Chamberlain, defined efficiency as Read more »

Race Shouldn't Matter

Chris Geidner doesn't approve of what the College Republicans at Rhode Island's Roger Williams University have been up to lately. No longer are they simply selling cookies in an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale." Now they are offering a whites-only scholarship:

The Carrot or the Stick?

Proponents of laissez-faire capitalism often claim that theirs is superior to other systems because it maximizes freedom - everyone is free to do as they please so long as they respect the rights of others, yadda, yadda, yadda.

But invariably, the critic of free-market capitalism responds, "laissez faire capitalism doesn't really maximize freedom - workers are forced to either sell their labor or starve to death."

And the critic is correct. People's choices are limited. We can either sell our labor, depend upon charity and gifts, or starve. Read more »

She Blinded Me With Science

Why does Derbyshire's "logic" look strangely familiar?

  1. I do not understand evolution.
  2. Scientists have been wrong in the past.
  3. Evolution is not very popular.
  4. Therefore, "Most likely it is all a crock."

At least Derbyshire didn't trot out the other creationist argument, "but comparative advantage is only a theory!"

<del>Socratic</del> Derbyshiric Ignorance

The shorter John Derbyshire:

  1. I do not understand economics.
  2. Economists (notably, socialists) have been wrong in the past.
  3. David Ricardo's theory of comparative advantage and his advocacy of free trade has not been very popular.
  4. Therefore, "Most likely it is all a crock."

Of course, his admitted lack understanding doesn't stop him from advocating protectionism.

As someone much wiser than myself once said, Read more »

When a joke hits too close to home...

Canada Condemns 'Racist' Conan O'Brien TV Show

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's government on Friday condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O'Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec and seemed to suggest everyone in the province was homosexual...

Mob Mentality

If Ayn Rand is good for anything, she is great source of concise and lucid observations. One of my favorites is:

There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

This statement holds much intuitive appeal for nearly all libertarians.

On similar lines, Bryan Caplan noted:

Star Wars Trilogy (Ep. IV-VI) on DVD Sept. 2004

Good news for the geeks among us:

"Star Wars Trilogy," one of the most-requested DVD episodic film franchises, is expected to be released as a four-disc DVD box set Sept. 21, with a global rollout on DVD expected within days of the domestic release, according to Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Comparing Newton and Marx

Dick Eagleson makes the following astute historical observation in the comment thread over at Crooked Timber:

In, say, 1890 I think that Marxian notions of History and Economics might reasonably have been held to define the parameters of a plausible social order - no large-scale experiments having yet been attempted.

In the realm of Physics, in that same year, the classical Newtonian description of the universe still appeared to be the best available.

Inconsistency is a Two-Way Street

Kieran Healy highlighted the inconsistency of conservatives who believe in institutionalized inequality of political ideology but not of race or sex.

But inconsistency runs both ways. If it is inconsistent for conservatives to believe in institutionalized inequality of ideology but not of race or sex, then it is also inconsistent for left-liberals to believe in institutionalized inequality of race or sex but not of ideology. Read more »

Separated at Birth? Or Just the Same Hair Stylist?

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Dennis Kucinich is coming to Georgia Tech later today. Is there anything I should ask him?

Other than how he gets his wig to stay put?

Update: The hair piece is not going over well with the Marxists:

Steady as she goes

Many people, including myself, often criticize Marxism/communism/socialism on the grounds that it has been tried in the past and has failed. For contemporary socialists to still support these same ideologies even after they have been repeatedly tested seems unreasonably utopian and naive. Read more »

The Chinaman is not the issue!