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Catallarchy’s College Football Top 25 - Week 8

For all games up to 10/22, here are the updated rankings:

Rank Team Week 7
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (2)
3 VaTech (3)

4 Georgia (5)
5 UCLA (7)
6 Wisconsin (9)
7 Alabama (10)
8 LSU (13)
9 WVU (8)
10 Miami (11)
11 Texas Tech (4)
12 Florida State (14)
13 Colorado (16)
14 Auburn (6)
15 Cal (17)
16 Oklahoma (20)
17 Louisville (18)
18 Toledo (21)
19 Texas A&M (27)
20 Ohio State (24)
21 Oregon (22)
22 Boston College (19)
23 Penn State (23)
24 Northwestern (29)
25 Iowa (12)

Dropped Out:
28 Nebraska (15)
38 Virginia (25)

Other Catallarchy Teams:
31 Georgia Tech (32)
62 Miami (OH) (70)
68 Western Michigan (79)
106 Kentucky (103)

Commentary below, full rankings on page 2, and my subjective reordering of the given Top 25 on page 3 *PLUS* newly added Strength of Schedule ratings (and an alternate Top 25 now reflecting SOS). Read more »


Catallarchy’s College Football Top 25 - Week 7

For all games up to 10/15, here are the (much delayed) updated rankings:

Rank - Team - Week 6
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (2)
3 VaTech (3)
4 Texas Tech (5)
5 Georgia (4)
6 Auburn (7)
7 UCLA (10)
8 WVU (13)
9 Wisconsin (12)
10 Alabama (14)
11 Miami (16)
12 Iowa (17)
13 LSU (18)
14 Florida State (6)
15 Nebraska (21)
16 Colorado (8)
17 Cal (11)
18 Louisville (9)
19 Boston College (23)
20 Oklahoma (33)
21 Toledo (25)
22 Oregon (26)
23 Penn State (15)
24 Ohio State (32)
25 Virginia (34)

Dropped Out
28 Tennessee (22)
30 U Conn (19)
33 Minnesota (20)
37 Michigan State (24)

Other CTLY
32 Georgia Tech (40)
79 Western Michigan (76)
70 Miami (OH) (86)
103 Kentucky (99)

Commentary below, full rankings on page 2, and my subjective reordering of the given Top 25 on page 3. Read more »


As if reading my mind

...or reading the blog comments, John Quiggin reposts a quick meditation on how 'rational' has been stripped of meaning and should be discarded in favor of more directly descriptive terminology: Read more »


Serenity: Death and Rebirth

Serenity is a love letter to the fans, and by action if not by design, a love letter to classical liberals of all stripes. The major themes of Firefly are preserved and explored in the course of the movie, and while the story arc and action focuses mainly on the hero Malcolm Reynolds, the supporting characters also ring true. The plot is climactic, well paced, and action-packed, making the film enjoyable on a basic level even for new viewers who aren’t as invested in the characters as the hardcore fans of the show. Read more »


Catallarchy’s College Football Top 25 - Week 6

For all games up to 10/08, here are the updated rankings:

Rank Team Week 6
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (2)
3 VaTech (3)
4 Georgia (7)
5 Texas Tech (6)
6 Florida State (9)
7 Auburn (8)
8 Colorado (10)
9 Louisville (15)
10 UCLA (16)
11 Cal (5)
12 Wisconsin (4)
13 WVU (13)
14 Alabama (18)
15 Penn State (23)
16 Miami (22)
17 Iowa (19)
18 LSU (25)
19 U Conn (27)
20 Minnesota (29)
21 Nebraska (11)
22 Tennessee (12)
23 Boston College (37)
24 Michigan State (26)
25 Toledo (44)

Dropped Out:
28 Oklahoma State (14)
32 Ohio State (21)
33 Oklahoma (17)
34 Virginia (20)
36 Texas A&M (24)

Other Catallarchy Teams:
41 Georgia Tech (30)
76 Western Michigan (74)
86 Miami (OH) (76)
99 Kentucky (79)

Commentary below, full rankings on page 2, and my subjective reordering of the given Top 25 on page 3. Read more »


Religion through the back door

John Holbo, in response to the Kerry/Communion crisis, makes an interesting detour into European history by siting the beginnings of political liberal traditions in the aftermath of the bloody and horrific Thirty Years War; where the combatants (Protestant and Catholic monarchs, princes, & states) came to the conclusion that since neither side could prevail over the other, that some sort of modus vivendi must prevail lest both sides perish. That modus vivendi was the Treaty of Westphalia, and essentially put "imposing religious confession by force" out of bounds. Read more »


The Inefficient Markets Hypothesis

(draft)

Link and comment on:

http://www.mises.org/fullstory.aspx?control=1599

and

http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/000340.html
http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/002460.html


Transcending the limits of biology

Micha's excellent post on what a market requires lays out one of the beauties of the market system as a system- that not only does it not require a great deal of thought to operate (from any one individual), but that (in the words of Hayek) “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.” Dovetailing nicely with this observation is work from biologists studying the human brain and its impact on socialization. Read more »


Catallarchy’s College Football Top 25 - Week 5

For all games up to 10/01, here are the updated rankings:

Rank Team Previous
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (2)
3 VaTech (3)
4 Wisconsin (4)
5 Cal (6)
6 Texas Tech (11)
7 Georgia (7)
8 Auburn (12)
9 Florida State (13)
10 Colorado (16)
11 Nebraska (14)
12 Tennessee (28)
13 WVU (5)
14 Oklahoma St. (8)
15 Louisville (17)
16 UCLA (21)
17 Oklahoma (25)
18 Alabama (19)
19 Iowa (24)
20 Virginia (10)
21 Ohio State (20)
22 Miami (27)
23 Penn State (40)
24 Texas A&M (30)
25 LSU (9)

Dropped Out:
26 Michigan State (15)
29 Minnesota (18)
31 Az. State (22)
32 Utah (23)

Other Catallarchy Teams:
30 Georgia Tech (33)
74 Western Michigan (103)
76 Miami (OH) (66)
79 Kentucky (97)

Commentary & update on midseason change in the poll below, full rankings on page 2, and my subjective reordering of the given Top 25 on page 3. Read more »


No bigger threat than homemade porn

I agree with Radley.

Frankly, I can't think of any bigger threat to the United States right now than people who take intimate photos of one another within the privacy of their own homes. Good thing Rep. Pence is on the case. Clever move to lump it all under a bill with the phrase "Child Pornography" in the title, too.

I know! I mean, once we[1] captured Osama, pacified Iraq, rebuilt devestated areas of the country, and dealt with the mounting federal debt, what else could threaten us more than your neighbors videotaping themselves in flagrante delicto?

Note: Read more »


Incentives and their aftermath

Don Boudreaux points to and explains an appealing alternative definition of the distinction between Micro- and Macroeconomics:

Dick attributes the distinction to the Swedish economist Erik Lindahl, who spells it out in his book Studies in the Theory of Money and Capital.

The distinction, as I understand it, is this:


Efficiency is the Debbil!

Will Wilkinson does the lord's work in rebuking Slate's Daniel Gross' attempt to blame government incompetence on... the just-in-time efficiency revolution? Read more »


Catallarchy\'s College Football Top 25 - Week 4

Catallarchy's automated rankings, MOV & SOS free / BCS Compliant. (heh) Read more »


Catallarchy\'s College Football Top 25 - Week 3

For all games up to 9/17, here are the updated rankings:

Rank - Team - (Previous)
1 Texas (1)
2 USC (3)
3 Colorado (2)
4 Louisville (7)
5 LSU (12)
6 Cal (6)
7 VaTech (4)
8 Wisconsin (8)
9 WVU (5)
10 Oklahoma St. (10)
11 Georgia (11)
12 Texas Tech (13)
13 Virginia (15)
14 Purdue (18)
15 Florida State (16)
16 Auburn (24)
17 Nebraska (22)
18 Iowa (28)
19 Georgia Tech (23)
20 Michigan State (26)
21 UCLA (25)
22 Minnesota (29)
23 Alabama (27)
24 Oklahoma (20)
25 Tennessee (9)

Dropped Out:
31 U Conn (17)
32 Utah (14)
33 Northwestern (19)
35 Clemson (21)

Other Catallarchy Teams:
70 Miami (OH) (80)
91 Kentucky (85)
109 Western Michigan (116)

Commentary below, and full rankings on page 2. Read more »


Of the Plural and the Rational

There is an interesting meta-discussion a post or so down regarding the increasingly relevant distinction among liberals of being pluralist or rationalist, specifically in the case of whether a pluralist stance is compatible with a pro-war/anti-sovereignty position in general, towards the Iraq war in particular.

As usual, the question is posed & discussion started by our favorite interlocutor Joe Miller, whose comment I shall reproduce in its entirety:

How is the sovereignty argument not just pluralism writ large? The objection that rationalists have to pluralism is that non-state entities can be just as coercive as states can. Yet many libertarians seem happy enough to endorse pluralism even when that means that, say, families or churches or communities oppress individuals.
 
The sovereignty argument really is nothing more than pluralism applied to large groups. The position, as I understand it, is that groups of people are entitled to arrange their lives as they see fit. To the extent that a people dislikes the fit between their society and themselves, they are free to change that society. Unless and until they do make internal reform, outsiders have to respect their particular sort of community. That sounds very much like arguments for pluralism that I’ve seen advanced here. Why is the argument so terribly different when applied to really big groups?
 
Admittedly, you might just reject pluralism. I’d be inclined to agree with you there. But I think that it’s just false to say that the sovereignty argument is essentially a statist one. It’s far more accurate to say that the sovereignty argument is essentially a pluralist one. That’s why, say, Rand and I are on the same page on the question of intervention as are, for instance, Walzer and Rothbard. The relevant distinction isn’t statist/non-statist at all.

The final para contains a good point, that the question of state sovereignty cuts across ideological lines (at least the ideology of statism/anti-statism). But I think that Joe is, to an extent, arguing against an extreme position of pluralism that most libertarians don't necessarily embrace. To explain, I must digress, then digress again before coming back to the specific point.

What's all this about pluralism v. rationalism, then? Read more »