Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

What Bannon Reads

Fenster writes: Here is an interesting read about what Steve Bannon reads, and what may be on his mind. One of his favorite books is The Fourth Turning.  I was fascinated by the book when it came out in the … Continue reading

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It Takes Two Sides to Make a Bell Curve

Fenster writes: There’s an extraordinary amount of talk going around about the alt-right.  But who are those guys? Language is a tool for unclarity even in the best of circumstances and things get even dicier when the phenomenon to be … Continue reading

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The Return of the Planned Economy?

Fenster writes: Jack Ma, the Chairman of the Board of the Chinese internet giant Alibaba, suggests that big data may herald the return of the planned economy. Over the past 100 years, we have always felt that the market economy … Continue reading

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Primer on Refugee Law

Fenster writes: No, Fenster is not doing a primer on refugee law.  He can only comment as a rank amateur on what looks like a good primer (thanks to the highly credible Volokh Conspiracy for the link). The primer, written … Continue reading

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Fenster writes: As Kant wrote, out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made. [Of course, come the Singularity won’t be no need to worry about pesky things like humanity’s irascible and unpredictable nature.  All will … Continue reading

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Inflection Point

Fenster writes: According to The American Prospect the era of red-blue hyper-partisanship has its origins in the mid-90s.  Around that time American elections became significantly “less variable”. What happened between 1992 and 1996 to make presidential campaigns more stable? For … Continue reading

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It’s Tough Being a Positivist

Fenster writes: Over at the Unz Review, Razib Khan has a realization: A few days ago I joked on Facebook that life isn’t about the score up on the board, but standing with your team. By this, I have come … Continue reading

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