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A physician named Jean A. Schoonover writes in today's Washington Post about the hardships faced by doctors trying to recover from debt incurred during training, calling it "Devaluation of the Doctor". After describing her and her husband's (who is also a physician) financial situation, she seeks an answer for the cause of her circumstances. Read more »
Gene Healy writes against libertarian interventionism.
"Why," said Cernan of the Beasts again - the god who had mocked Maugrim long ago and named him Sathain - "why was he allowed to live?"
Paul looked at him, then at the suddenly frail-seeming lios alfar. He clenched his fists. "To choose!" he cried with a certain desperation.
-from The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
The US government has been auctioning off cars containing marijuana to unsuspecting customers. Francisco Rivera and Alfonso Calderon bought one such car and were arrested by Mexican authorities and spent time in a Mexican prison.
"They turned their back on us at the moment we needed them most," says Alfonso Calderon, speaking in Spanish. "They were the ones who got us into this mess. They sold us a car loaded with drugs."
Things I liked about Rick Lazio's piece in today's NY Times:
1) He defends free trade.
2) He shows the how ridiculous the amount of subsidies is in dollar terms.
3) He gives the best solution to the problem of 'failed states' - trade, not aid.
4) He uses the word liberal properly.
Samizdata has a report from Iraq about the capture of a Saddam Loyalist. With the constant news of US soldier deaths trickling in day after day, it's nice to hear good news for a change.
Micha Ghertner discusses the economics of war in relation to the Coase Theorem and game theory. When I read that someone is not 'meta-rational' enough for economic models to work, then I have to conclude that maybe the correct methodology is not being used.
Bob Herbert of the NY Times writes about unemployment woes of today's economy:
The stories have been rolling in for some time about the stresses and misfortunes that are inevitably associated with long-term joblessness: the bankruptcies, foreclosures and evictions, the dreams deferred, the mental difficulties ? anxiety, depression ? the excessive drinking and abuse of drugs, the family violence. There are few things more miserable than to need a job and be unable to find one.
(What's interesting is that two individuals each on a different continent noticed the same phenomenon.)
I was initially very put off by what I saw as a typical failure of a public school administrator. However, after reading the opinion posted below and reading this article from the Boston Globe, I have been reconsidering things. The article states that the failure rate for initial test takers is 32% and the repeat failure rate is 83%. Read more »
From the School Liberator mailing list:
Quite a black eye for the Lawrence MA school system, when school super, Wilfredo Laboy, flunked a required literacy test, not once, not even twice, but three times. [...]
--> Note that we said the embarrassment is not Mr. Laboy's, but the system's. Here's why...
--> Marshall Fritz writes that Mr. Laboy's case may be an occasion where we in the Alliance can rise above the fray.
In one of his typically long and well-written posts, Steven Den Beste starts from the very basics of the Founders' intentions to show why he supports gay marriage but opposes a Constitutional amendment granting it. The entire entry is worth reading, but I must take issue with a point he makes about tradeoffs of liberty. Read more »
One of the reasons I favor the Austrian school is the rigor of the conceptual framework on which it is founded. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to convey these concepts to the lay person as anyone who has read the first 200 pages of Human Action and found themselves scratching their head and wondering, "Pardon me, but what is this stuff?" can attest to. Read more »