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Complementary Goods

Also amusing from an economist's perspective: "Stop ruining my slogans with your logic!" Read more »

Sickle=Swastika Meme Spreading...

First Harvard, now Canada. The Sickle=Swastika meme is spreading. Read more »

Economists Gone Wild

Libertarian Girl's call for a tax on breast implants has already generated much condemnation from the usual suspects. Read more »

No Escape Beyond Political Borders

Be inspired by the eloquence of Kevin Brancato:

I want one, and only one, modification to the Social Security "system".

I want out. The rest of you can do whatever you want with it. ...

Senior Privileges

I don't understand why it is a libertarian position to support the federal government repudiating its obligations.

For the same reason that libertarians reject Affirmative Action and reparations. Did whites oppress and exploit blacks in the past? Certainly. Does racial discrimination continue to this day, albeit in an implicit, less pernicious form? No doubt. Do people with white skin enjoy structural advantages while people with black skin suffer from structural disadvantages? Yes. Read more »

The Faceless, Cosmic Exploiter

Proving that Crooked Timber comment threads are worth mining for the occasional gem, Gabriel Rossman pens a short, sweet knock-down of Marx's theory of exploitation: Read more »

The Unexamined Life Is Worth Living

David Ramsay Steele has a rather long review in the February issue of Liberty discussing recent psychological literature on happiness research and the paradox of declining (or stagnant) happiness in a world of increasing affluence. He makes a quotable off-hand comment:

There prevails a strong tradition for intellectuals to believe that ordinary people are incapable of happiness, or at least of "true" happiness, as well as being wretched and not even truly alive.

Monstrous Double Standard

Ignorance and machismo are more likely explanations for the Prince Harry Nazi costume fiasco than malice, but it's still not clear how someone as well educated as the freakin' Prince of England could fail to predict the outrage. Maybe inbreeding truly is as bad as they've been telling us.

And, like clockwork, comes calls for a government ban:

Magic Spell Check

Tom Bell makes the case against uniform spelling rules: Brits have their colourful differences, written Hebrew doesn't use vowels, lots of words aren't spelled phonetically (case in point?), and regional accents are diverse. Learning and following uniform spelling rules are costly activities. We could reap great benefits if we loosened up a bit. Read more »

Pragmatism: The Unknown Ideal

The inestimable Richard Posner is guest blogging at Leiter's place, and his first post (and followup response) has been more interesting and more controversial than nearly everything he has posted at his digs with Becker. Read more »

Potter and Snicket

It's comforting to know I'm not the only person unimpressed by the whole Harry Potter craze. Or more precisely: impressed by the magnitude of the craze, unimpressed by its content. Read more »

Mindless Automaton Redux

Jim Lindgren with a familiar Catallarchy theme:

What Does The Free Market Require?

Does the free market require intelligent thought and predictive ability among its participants to function?[1] Read more »

The Strange Case of John Derbyshire

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not a wise rhetorical tactic, especially when practiced by the paleos of convervative or libertarian variety. So I hesitate to praise a surprisingly dead-on piece by John Derbyshire in Pat Buchanan's rag merely because he does such a glorious job of debunking "The Marx of the Anti-Semites," Kevin MacDonald. Read more »