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Game of the century?


Granted, I live in Boston where baseball is more than just a pastime, and the century is only three years old (young) anyway, but is tonight's game the most anticipated/hyped baseball game ever? Yankees vs. Red Sox, Pedro vs. The Rocket, groundskeeper having been beaten up and in a neck brace, Game 7, bad blood between the teams, 72 year old coach having been beaten up, chance for a chance to kill the Curse, ...

The Hoppean Manifesto

Andy Duncan over at Samizdata has an excellent book report on Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Democracy: The God That Failed, detailing a radical view that blames democracy for the rise of collectivism & state power, and ranks monarchy higher (with only a libertarian (read: Anarcho-capitalist) state being better), and attempts to "form the bridge between Austrian anarchic libertarianism and true natural order conservatism". Read more »

The Atkins Diet and the scientific method II

How would I design a trial to test whether or not the Atkins Diet 'works'? The following is the answer to that question, with the caveat that it may not be ?practical? or ?feasble?; it is simply the standard of proof that I require. Read more »

Power to the printer?

With the constant talk of "stimulating" the economy - with tax cuts, tax overhauls, monetary policies, and the like - I wonder why no one has thought of giving power to the people - or printer? The Fed has recently launched a large campaign to educate the public about the introduction of the new $20 bill. Read more »

Depraved Indifference and Animal Cruelty

Chris Bertram has made two excellent and seemingly unrelated posts on Crooked Timber over the past few days. Allow me to connect the two.

In "Responsibility, crime and terrorism," Chris states the following:

House Call

(via The Guardian)

A 28-year old Chinese man in Italy, at present known only as 'The Doctor', was attacked by four burglars, who overpowered him and his two women friends, and tied them up. The burglars then ransacked the apartment but were disappointed with the lack of loot, so they threatened to rape the two women until they told the burglars where the "rest of the money was hidden." Read more »

Separated at Birth?

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The Problem with Fairness

When people say they are for "fair" prices or "fair" trade, what do they mean? Is there an objective conception of fairness or does it differ from person to person?

Steven E. Landsburg illustrates the dilemma with a parable: Read more »

Nonobvious way to commit a crime and get away with it

Eugene Volokh makes an interesting bleg request:

For my "Crime-Facilitating Speech" article, I'm looking for an example of a novel (or a movie or other work of entertainment) that describes, (1) in detail (2) a nonobvious way to (3) particularly effectively commit a crime or escape detection for one's crime, and that is (4) a famous work, or one written by a famous author.

Quote of the Day

There is no such thing as these ?superior grounds? to which some people think individual liberties should be subordinated. Let's not get fooled, they have no real foundations. Theses so called ?superior grounds? have invariably led to massacres, arbitrariness and social failures. They were mere means for some to increase their own power and hence caused disasters. Read more »