Category Archives: Blog and Comment policy and philosophy

design update

Let me know what you think of the new design. The only substantive change so far is that I have added a way to subscribe to posts by email. Thanks to the reader who suggested this. One of these days, … Continue reading

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The Best Post-Election Piece So Far

From Joshua Mitchell. “Globalization” and “identity politics” are a remarkable configuration of ideas, which have sustained America, and much of the rest of the world, since 1989. With a historical eye—dating back to the formal acceptance of the state-system with … Continue reading

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The Case for Manners

Henry Hazlitt wrote, Too often moral codes, especially those still largely attached to religious roots, are ascetic and grim. Codes of manners, on the other hand, usually require us to be at least outwardly cheerful, agreeable, gracious, convivial—in short, a … Continue reading

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Ideology and Keynesian Economics

Scott Sumner posts on the controversy, which was recently re-ignited by what I thought was a reasonable post by Russ Roberts. My thoughts. 1. There is a correlation between belief in Keynesian economics and preference for a larger government. Economists … Continue reading

Posted in Blog and Comment policy and philosophy, Tyler Cowen is my Favorite Blogger | 11 Comments

Reset Your Clock to 2003

The WSJ reports, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said Tuesday rock-bottom borrowing costs in the bond market are not a positive vote on the economic outlook. My reaction: 1. This is another echo of 2003-2004, when Fed … Continue reading

Posted in Blog and Comment policy and philosophy, Monetary Economics | 12 Comments

QE and Fiscal Offset

Tony Yates writes, As Summers reportedly put it, while the Fed was engaged in quantitative easing, the Treasury was doing ‘quantitative contraction’. And surely the two arms of government should be better coordinated than that. Pointer from Mark Thoma. My … Continue reading

Posted in Blog and Comment policy and philosophy, Mark Thoma is Indispensable, Monetary Economics | 2 Comments

Being Charitable to those who Disagree

Maria Popova quotes D.C. Dennett on how to argue: 1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way. 2. You should … Continue reading

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New EconTalk Feature

I only recently noticed that an experimental Continuing Conversation feature on EconTalk. It is like a comments section, but with the comments guided by questions from Amy Willis. My reading of the first two continuing conversations is that they went … Continue reading

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Administrative Note

I have several trips coming up, and I am not of the “have blog, will travel” school. So be prepared for only intermittent posting and neglectful comment moderating for the next five weeks

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About This Blog

About two months ago, I quit blogging at EconLog. The main reason was that I was right in the middle of trying a start-up that combined two big trends/fads: online education and mobile computing. The result, vhandouts.com, is something that … Continue reading

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