Monthly Archives: August 2017

G. Mark Towhey on Populism

He writes, Almost by mistake, this bloc of typical citizens—overstressed, under-informed, concerned more with pragmatic quality of life issues than idealistic social goals—has become a powerful political movement. And we didn’t see them coming. Conventional political leaders seem to completely … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarian Thought | 12 Comments

Is cosmopolitan libertarianism practical?

William Wilson writes, [Jason] Kuznicki himself is a representative of a currently fashionable sort of cosmopolitan libertarianism that has never existed in governmental form, and which I suspect is the least likely form of government ever to exist. What if … Continue reading

Posted in books and book reviews, Libertarian Thought | 12 Comments

The Original Internet Architecture

Tyler Cowen writes, It remains the case that the most significant voluntary censorship issues occur every day in mainstream non-internet society, including what gets on TV, which books are promoted by major publishers, who can rent out the best physical … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 10 Comments

Ralph Peters sounds like David Halberstam

Peters writes, It really comes down to that blood test: What will men die for? The answer, were we willing to open our eyes, is that more Afghans will volunteer to die for the Taliban than for our dream of … Continue reading

Posted in International issues, terrorism | 11 Comments

David Brooks on what moderates believe

He wrote, Politics is a limited activity. Zealots look to the political realm for salvation and self-fulfillment. They turn politics into a secular religion and ultimately an apocalyptic war of religion because they try to impose one correct answer on … Continue reading

Posted in David Brooks, Politics | 14 Comments

Some questions about Google

Salil Mehta writes, On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance and political theory, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 5 Comments

Is trickle-down mostly local?

Sam Wetherell writes, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world’s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These “superstar” cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of Airbnbs and … Continue reading

Posted in income distribution-wealth-poverty | 11 Comments

Internet hopes, disappointed

1. The death of distance. Supposedly, the Internet was going to reduce the importance of location. Instead, the economic importance of a few key cities seems to have increased. 2. Many of us foresaw the tebirth of highly decentralized markets, … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance and political theory | 23 Comments

Thoughts on Internet censorship

Tyler Cowen Alex Tabarrok writes, When Facebook and Twitter regulate what can be said on their platforms and Google and Apple regulate who can provide a platform, we have a big problem. It’s as if the NYTimes and the Washington … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance and political theory, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 21 Comments

A notewriter on public choice

He or she writes, Unlike providing pure public goods or setting generally applicable laws, the more widely accepted function of the state, the direct provision of goods and services can impact on people’s personal wealth and satisfaction in much more … Continue reading

Posted in Mark Thoma is Indispensable, public choice | 5 Comments