Category Archives: Culture-Economics-Society

Links: 15 February 2017

Refugees and plastic bags… Continue reading

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Altmann on the Limitations of Economic Analysis

“Ethics-related economics in the sense supported by Sen instead follows Aristotle (thus placing the discussion back in the Persian period!) in the concern for subordinating economics to the pursuit of the good of humankind. The difference lies in the purpose … Continue reading

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America Rejoices/Weeps in Utter Disbelief

A few scattered reactions to the election…

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Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons

The Washington NBA franchise changed its name from the “Bullets” to the “Wizards” in 1997 because of DC’s rising murder rate. Perhaps it’s time for the NFL team to do the same. Continue reading

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On National Symbols

“Every nation develops symbols, such as national anthems, which unite it in a common purpose. These symbols are important and can enable a nation to flourish justly and wisely, drawing on its collective experience through the centuries. The danger is that sometimes these very symbols become idols designed to glorify the nation and justify its deeds whether right or wrong, or that the symbols themselves become substitutes for reality.” Continue reading

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How John Roberts Begat Donald Trump

Roberts essentially told would-be Trumpistas not to bother the courts with important issues, that if you want to beat Obama you have to get your own strongman—complete with pen, phone, and contempt for the Constitution. So they did, bypassing several … Continue reading

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George Mason on Democracy

“It would be as unnatural to refer the choice of a proper character for chief magistrate to the people, as it would, to refer a trial of colours to a blind man.” Quoted in F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future … Continue reading

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Why Should We Restrict Immigration?

“Consider the following thought experiment: Moved by the plight of desperate earthquake victims, you volunteer to work as a relief worker in Haiti. After two weeks, you’re ready to go home. Unfortunately, when you arrive at the airport, customs officials … Continue reading

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Unorganized Reactions to Brexit

“Brexit” is just a terrible word.

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The Myth of “The Will of the Majority”

When democracies must choose only one option of three or more, they can be radically indeterminate. Setting the agenda is tantamount to choosing the outcome–tyranny with the veneer of democracy. Continue reading

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