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Patrick Crozier of Croziervision makes a thoughtful post on how blogging has the power to change the political dialogue of today's society. Even though I daily watch CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc., months can go by without hearing the word "libertarian" ever being spoken on TV. The first time I ever heard a thoughtful defense of basic libertarian philosophy was on an internet message board. Patrick questions whether blogging is effective in getting ideas across: Read more »
In a post celebrating the (rightful) smackdown of an egregious 'golden parachute' CEO compensation plan at GlaxoSmithKline, Calpundit Kevin Drum noted that in the 90s, run of the mill corporate executives saw their compensation go through the roof: Read more »
By Arnold Kling, from TCS, two articles for further review: a great article on why the US can never truly be "free from Saudi Oil", among other basic Oil Economics points, and a somewhat psychological article on misattributing economic performance to individuals who have little control over what has just happened (or is currently happening). Read more »
Is there any good reason for a person to feel proud of their country? Or is such expression simply an irrational emotional sentiment? The movie Gladiator provides some fodder to discuss these questions.
The Gladiator Maxiumus, after the battle against the barbarian tribes of Germania at the beginning of the movie, appears weary of war. When two of his men ask him for his future plans, Maximus reveals that he is first and foremost a family man.
VALERIUS: Back to your barracks, General, or to Rome?
MAXIMUS: Home. The wife, the son, the harvest.
I'm sure there is more to it than meets the eye at the moment, but this is more of a hit and run, "doesn't that look odd on the surface" type moment. Heh. Read more »
Michael Totten, over at TCS, tackles some of the big Iraq questions of the day, such as:
"Why haven't we found WMD?"
"Did Bush Lie?"
"Why would Saddam act as he did, if he did not have WMD?"
Interesting speculation, but I wonder about this quote: Read more »
Very interesting (yet arcane) paper found from PrestoPundit entitled "The Insuperable Limits to Reduction in Biology." It is a very dense, but worthwhile read for insights on objectivity/subjectivity and why biology differs from physics or chemistry (in, if I have read it correctly, the volitional differences between an organism and a cloud of gas), which obviously can be extended to answering why the methods of the physical scien Read more »
It is late, so I'll dispense with much accompanying dialogue and go straight to the links. I believe this will be the first of many posts on the subject, given its recent popularity in econo-pundit circles...
Arnold Kling has questioned whether we should fear the liquidity or the statism trap, with the money quote from his blog post: Read more »
Lynne Kiesling at The Knowledge Problem has an interesting post that shows that once again, California is unique among states that have restructured their electricity industries, in that California faces continued reliability problems and the others do not. Read more »