- Mark gives a political speech about the roots of Americanism. I am not convinced by the history, but I am convinced by the sentiment.
- Robin Hanson slaughters a libertarian sacred cow using ONLY the intuition that it's better to exist than not to exist. Can we then let creatures pay to exist somehow? By slavery?
- Robert Reich, while normally very thoughtful, is reflexively leftist in this piece, saying: We need more government spending. My understanding was that in the great depression, this didn't work. Also, more commentary on what does work from me yesterday. I'm still willing to take bets that a payroll tax holiday, if it happens, results in a real recovery in short order (before November 2012).
- Arnold Kling uses the word Technocratic Fundamentalism, a companion to Caplan's Democratic Fundamentalism, in this essay:
If Eichengreen and others of who share his political outlook wish to make any headway with people like me, they will have to show that they have some indication that technocrats can make honest mistakes. Instead, if you blame all of the mistakes on free-market ideology, you come across to me as a technocratic fundamentalist, and you are only writing for people who share your ideological bubble.
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