Category Archives: Politics and Economics

Quote Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Fred Reed’s current column is the best thing yet written about this election as well as a rollickingly fun read. IMHO, of course, but I trust that that’s always understood. Here’s a bit of it: I frankly … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: This popped up in my Facebook feed this morning and it sums up pretty well my feelings throughout this election season.

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Fenster writes: As Kant wrote, out of the crooked timber of 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 be … 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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Rana Foroohar’s “Makers and Takers”

Paleo Retiree writes: This is a terrific journalistic account of how our economy and our financial life have come to their current awful states. (Full disclosure: I knew the author a wee bit back in my magazine days, and I liked and respected her.) Foroohar’s book … Continue reading

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Quotes Du Jour: On the Intellectual Yet Idiot

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over here, commenter Gary Jones shared some wisdom for ages: Having a high IQ doesn’t prevent you from being stupid. In fact, it lets you be stupid in ever more complex ways. Amplifying on that, Nassim Taleb writes … Continue reading

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Epistocracy Bah Humbug

Fenster writes: Jason Brennan is the “Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.”  Which makes him, I suspect, a smarter man than I. … Continue reading

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