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What libertarianism has become and will become - State Capacity Libertarianism - Marginal REVOLUTION
State Capacity Libertarianism is more likely to make a mistake of say endorsing high-speed rail from LA to Sf (if indeed that is a mistake), and decrying the ability of U.S. governments to get such a thing done. “Which mistakes they are most likely to commit” is an underrated way of assessing political philosophies.

You will note the influence of Peter Thiel on State Capacity Libertarianism, though I have never heard him frame the issues in this way.
economics  politics  libertarianism 
18 days ago by whip_lash
A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100
Europe may have increased per capita productivity 594% in 600 years, while China and India stayed where they were, but Europe has been slowing down and Asia has been catching up. When Asia hits Peak Attention (America is already past it, I believe), absolute size, rather than big productivity differentials, will again define the game, and the center of gravity of economic activity will shift to Asia.
business  history  innovation  future  capitalism  politics  tech 
19 days ago by whip_lash
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
When a reviewer wishes to give special recognition to a book, he predicts that it will still be read “a hundred years from now.” The Law, first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850, is already more than a hundred years old. And because its truths are eternal, it will still be read when another century has passed.
philosophy  law  libertarian  politics 
february 2019 by whip_lash
“Antifa Leader” Joseph Alcoff Is 3rd Man Arrested in Marine Attack in Philly
Investigators say that the activists, who have been linked to the antifa movement in blog posts, news accounts, and in courtroom testimony, had been counter-protesting at the We the People rally.

At a preliminary hearing for Massey and Keenan in December, the two Marines testified that the activists attacked them, allegedly calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists,” using ethnic slurs against them (both Marines are Hispanic), punching and kicking them repeatedly, and macing them.
february 2019 by whip_lash
The Scholar's Stage: On Words and Weapons
Let's be clear about what is happening here. When Wagner accuses Bari Weiss and company of writing their apology tweets and correction letters in order to signal thoughtfulness and moderation, she is excusing herself from any need to actually engage with Weiss et. al. The same is true for most of the "virtue signalling" critiques lobbed at the left: to label an argument a virtue signal is to discredit it without actually having to respond to it. Why would you respond to it? The signaler is not arguing, but maneuvering. Their words are not written in good faith.
january 2019 by whip_lash
Why do Americans claim to be more religious than they are?
Americans are hardly more religious than people living in other industrialized countries. Yet they consistently—and more or less uniquely—want others to believe they are more religious than they really are.
politics  religion 
january 2019 by whip_lash
Thoughtful and Compassionate People You Disagree With, Full List | Thing of Things
I’ve tried to sort them into categories by political opinions; feel free to correct me if I have a miscategorization. Please note that I included every name that was nominated by a person who did not say they agreed with the nominated person or stan for the Cultural Revolution in the same comment; presence on this list does not mean that I approve of a person or even know who they are.
december 2018 by whip_lash
The world’s governments have picked 169
well-meaning targets, promising everything to
everyone. But too many targets mean no priorities.
Our project found the targets that would
do the most good for the world. The difference?
Doing $62.5 trillion more good for the world
economics  politics  government  philanthropy 
november 2018 by whip_lash
Towards a Cognitive Theory of Politics - Quillette
The split between the traditional Left—exemplified by the professors mentioned above—and the social justice Left is one of cognitive style. Both groups tend toward the liberal moral matrix, but the cognitive style of the social justice Left seems to be much closer to the Platonic rationalist end of the spectrum than does the more traditional Left. The most egregious ‘crime’ of the targeted professors seems to be that they’re Aristotelian thinkers.  It’s not so much what they think that elicits the ire of the social justice left, it’s how they think.
politics  psychology 
april 2018 by whip_lash
Kialo - Empowering Reason
Kialo is designed to facilitate constructive debate about the most important issues in the world, without turning into the usual Internet Shouting Factory. We aspire to become not just where you come to argue, but also where you can explore the reasons why people disagree and see diverse points of view on the issues that matter.
economics  politics  debate 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Bill Gates says tech firms invite scrutiny in government showdowns | TheHill
"The tech companies have to be ... careful that they're not trying to think their view is more important than the government's view, or than the government being able to function in some key areas," Gates said in an interview with Axios.

wealth  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
West sent lizards as nuclear spies, claims Iran defense official – Ars Technica
The senior military advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed in a press conference in Tehran today that Western nations had deployed reptiles as nuclear spies. Agence France-Presse reports that Hassan Firuzabadi, previously chief of staff of Iran's military, justified the recent arrest of environmentalists by claiming that the West had used scientists and environmental activists to spy on Iran's nuclear program by deploying lizards that could "attract atomic waves."
iran  idiocracy  foreignpolicy  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Podcast #377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson | The Art of Manliness
Well, my guest today says that perhaps the way you start to get out of that rut is to clean your room, bucko. His name is Jordan B. Peterson, and I’ve had him on the show before. Peterson is a psychoanalyst and lecturer, and he’s got a new book out called 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Today on the show, Dr. Peterson and I discuss why men have been disengaging from work and family and why his YouTube lectures resonate with so many modern men.
podcast  jordanpeterson  politics  culture  psychology 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Pssst: Crime May Be Near an All-Time Low - Bloomberg
There's been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about rising crime. For good reason: Violent crime and murder were in fact up in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. Early indications are that crime rates fell in 2017, though. 1 And the really big crime story of our time remains how much it has fallen in this country over the past quarter-century.
crime  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
The Economy Is Full of Crypto (And Collective Delusion) - Bloomberg
"Berkeley is the center of the resistance, and for the resistance to work, it must have a coin," says a city council member, in a sentence that makes as little sense as every other sentence in this story. You can just sell the municipal bonds. Why sell "tokens" that are backed by municipal bonds? Fine, fine, you want to issue the bonds "on the blockchain"? I will allow it, you gotta keep track of the bonds somehow, that is some harmless buzzwordery. But throwing in the buzzword "token" is, I think, a bridge too far.
cryptocurrency  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
We Need Everyone at the Immigration Table - Bloomberg
As someone who wants strong counter-majoritarian protections for all sorts of minority rights, this troubles me. But even if it doesn’t bother you to declare that millions of voters need to be kept out of the political process, you should be troubled by the evidence that it hasn’t worked. The conspiracy has been out-conspired; the experiment has blown up. It’s time to abandon the magic formula before the damage gets worse.
february 2018 by whip_lash
[Essay] | The Other Whisper Network, by Katie Roiphe | Harper's Magazine
I have a feeling that if one met @yoloethics or the rest of her Twitter cohort in person, they would seem normal, funny, smart, well read. But the vicious energy and ugliness is there beneath the fervor of our new reckoning, adeptly disguised as exhilarating social change. It feels as if the feminist moment is, at times, providing cover for vindictiveness and personal vendettas and office politics and garden-variety disappointment, that what we think of as purely positive social change is also, for some, blood sport. The grammar is better in these feminist tweets, but they are nonetheless recognizably Trumpian. 

feminism  women  twitter  politics 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Nothing's Wrong With Ugly Political Districts - Bloomberg
Perhaps that's a worthwhile goal in the abstract, but it's flat-out impossible to reach, and certainly not by prioritizing compact districts. That's because, as the FiveThirtyEight maps show, compact districts themselves create maps which favor Republicans. They project two different compact-district maps -- one which respects county lines and one which doesn't. The results were similar: Republicans have about thirty more safe seats than Democrats, with about 100 competitive seats. That's nothing new; both political scientists and practitioners have known for decades that straight lines happen to favor Republicans.
politics  congress  gerrymandering 
february 2018 by whip_lash
Kansas Provides Compelling Evidence of Failure of "Supply-Side" Tax Cuts | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
In sum, there is overwhelming empirical evidence that Kansas’ enormous tax cuts failed to improve the state’s economic performance relative to its neighboring states and all 50 states taken together to any significant degree.

politics  economics  tax 
january 2018 by whip_lash
New California declares independence from California in statehood bid
The split would look something like this, per the group:

california  politics 
january 2018 by whip_lash
The Rockefellers vs. Exxon
All of which is how ExxonMobil found itself in federal court this past November arguing that the Rockefellers were funding a conspiracy against it.
oil  business  politics  climate 
january 2018 by whip_lash
If Google Is Biased, So Are Its Algorithms - Bloomberg
If the Damore lawsuit correctly describes an aggressively leftist culture at Google, the human input into the algorithms can be expected to favor the leftist worldview. That may lead to overcorrection -- and to the burying of alternative views, noxiously right-wing or even mainstream conservative. When I type "women are" in the Google search window, the first suggestion I get is "women are always right." How do I know this is not the result of the personal bias of someone who tweaked the suggestion algorithm?
politics  google 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Play the Hand You're Dealt, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
When I was a senior economist with Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, a libertarian friend who was in town visited me in my office. He complained about a lot of the things Reagan was doing and I agreed with him about all of his complaints. I also pointed, though, that the things I was working on were, almost entirely, fighting off bad ideas from other executive branch agencies and, when I had time, fighting off ideas from a Tennessee congressman named Al Gore. And I was winning almost all of them. He agreed with me that I was on the right side of all the fights I named.

Then he said, "I just don't see why you would work for him, inching along instead of working for massive reductions in government power."

"That would be wonderful," I responded. "Who's offering to hire me to do that?"
libertarianism  politics 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Michael Wolff: My Insane Year Inside Trump's White House | Hollywood Reporter
Steve Bannon was openly handicapping a 33.3 percent chance of impeachment, a 33.3 percent chance of resignation in the shadow of the 25th amendment and a 33.3 percent chance that he might limp to the finish line on the strength of liberal arrogance and weakness.

january 2018 by whip_lash
State Governments Are Already Gaming the Republican Tax Overhaul - Bloomberg
If state lawmakers succeed in working around the new cap on SALT deductions, federal tax collectors would miss out on revenue they’re depending on to fund the corporate tax cuts at the center of the overhaul plan.

The California bill builds on a nascent movement among states to provide full and partial tax credits in return for donations that fund tuition vouchers for private and religious schools. In a memo released in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service gave its blessing for taxpayers to claim federal deductions on those gifts, providing at least some basis for the idea that the strategy could work.

politics  economics  tax 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Two Dozen Members of Congress Can’t Wait to Leave D.C. Here’s Why. - POLITICO Magazine
Years of deepening tribalism and dysfunction have taken their toll, which they gripe about while mostly blaming their political opponents, or the other chamber, or the media, though they talk up their friendships across the aisle and the long-forgotten bipartisan bills they’ve passed.

“It’s like the machinery of government is rusty and clanking along,” says Representative Lamar Smith. The Texas Republican makes a special point of blaming “the Mediacrats,” a conspiracy of Democratic and media elites to make his party look evil and dysfunctional.

january 2018 by whip_lash
Why Do Intellectuals Support Government Solutions? |
You might, therefore, expect a natural selection effect: Those who feel strongly morally motivated to contribute to the amelioration of social ills will naturally gravitate toward careers that reflect their view about how this is best achieved. The choice of a career as a wordsmith intellectual may, in itself, be the result of a prior belief that social problems are best addressed via mechanisms that are most dependent on public advocacy, argument and persuasion—which is to say, political mechanisms.

…If the world is primarily made better through private action, then the most morally praiseworthy course available to a highly intelligent person of moderate material tastes might be to pursue a far less inherently interesting career in business or finance, live a middle-class lifestyle, and devote one’s wealth to various good causes. In this scenario, after all, the intellectual who could make millions for charity as a financier or high-powered attorney, but prefers to take his compensation in the form of leisure time and interesting work, is not obviously morally better than the actual financier or attorney who uses his monetary compensation to purchase material pleasures.
december 2017 by whip_lash
Why Mattis versus Kim Jong-Un Will End Badly for Us All
The alternative need not be unqualified appeasement. Recent research on the history of failed rapprochement with North Korea expects that accommodating an adversary is much harder than many foreign policy doves expect. Instead, stability is more likely if the United States adapts its deterrence posture to account for North Korea’s coercive theory of victory — retaliating when attacked but not attacking first — and remembers that making good on threats and promises over time has a much more meaningful impact on preventing adversary aggression than military signaling alone ever will.
strategy  politics  foreignpolicy  korea 
december 2017 by whip_lash
"A New Kind Of Hybrid": The Terrifying New Way Disadvantaged People Are Buying Cars - The Truth About Cars
Perhaps that makes it easier for the reader to understand why I am personally disgusted by Credit Acceptance Corp (NASDAQ:CACC) and their tactics. When nearly one-eighth of the Detroit civil court docket is taken up by one company, then I can’t see that as anything other than a weaponized use of the courts against people who shouldn’t have their loans in the first place. At Ford Credit, we considered a ratio of one repossession to every hundred approvals to be cause for concern; what does it say if you’re running at dozens of times that level? There’s nothing accidental about a rate like that.
cars  economics  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
New law allows liquor companies pay for free rides | The Sacramento Bee
The bill was opposed by Alcohol Justice, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that lobbies against policy thought to promote the “alcohol industry’s harmful practices,” according to the group’s website.

Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, the organization’s research manager, said AB 711 could encourage people to drink more. Alcohol Justice says overconsumption of alcohol costs California $35 billion a year and causes 10,500 deaths annually.

“The idea that drunk driving is the only harm from alcohol is a real misunderstanding of alcohol harm,” Benowitz-Fredericks said.

law  booze  california  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Lessons for Democracy in Virginia's Tied Election - Bloomberg
It's a fallacy to believe that "what the people want" is equivalent to "what a majority wants" -- let alone to "how a majority votes," given how hard it is to interpret voters' choices as indicating a preference for specific policies. This is most apparent in very close elections, in which trivial errors tabulating or even casting votes, or minor fluctuations in exactly which voters happened to show up at the polls, change the results.

Enthusiasm for or indifference to candidates and parties is something electoral outcomes are (presumably) supposed to measure. But how many voters had a flat tire that Tuesday, or got the flu, or unexpectedly had to work late, and wound up not voting despite their intention? It's hard not to believe that a large part of what determined the exact outcome was random fluctuation, not the will of the electorate.
politics  democracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Zuma ‘like Saddam Hussein in a hole’ after South Africa’s top court delivers impeachment blow | South China Morning Post
“Zuma is on his way out, the only difference is how ANC members will negotiate with him. It’s going to take negotiations with Zuma so that he can leave office,” Mathekga said.
southafrica  politics  corruption 
december 2017 by whip_lash
How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything
Some of the projects reflect grand ambitions to upgrade national, industrial and social systems. Others are smaller scale and meant to connect remote places into larger patterns of trade. Taken together, they would require as much as $1 trillion in investments.

So far, Russia's oil-and-gas money has underwritten a lot of the work, giving President Vladimir Putin a leg up as changing conditions grant access to new riches. Russia has an overwhelming lead over its neighbors with nearly 250 potential projects. Finland, the U.S. and Canada follow in the number of wish-list items. Underscoring many of these initiatives is careful maneuvering by China—whether through Arctic trade deals or strategic financing.
politics  foreignpolicy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Trump Takes On Amazon Again, Urging ‘Much More’ in Postage Fees - Bloomberg
“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?”

amazon  usps  postoffice  politics  business 
december 2017 by whip_lash
TSA changes deadline for Real ID to 2020 - Business Insider
But on Thursday the TSA confirmed to Business Insider that the new requirements are being postponed until October 2018. That means that drivers licenses from the nine states — Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington — will remain valid for air travel until next fall.

travel  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Trump says Mueller's Russia probe angered and strengthened his base - Business Insider
But while Trump said he expected Mueller would treat him "fairly," his remark about how the investigation had galvanized his supporters is perhaps a better indicator of why Trump may have taken firing Mueller off the table, for now, as it suggests he is aware of, and confident in, his allies' ongoing campaign to undermine and discredit the special counsel.
politics  crime  idiocracy 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Everything Good For Dallas in 2018 Is Anti-Trump | Dallas Observer
These three great opportunities for the city in 2018 simply do not break out cleanly on the old left-right matrix. They are pragmatic. They are informed by racial and ethnic tolerance with social trust at their core.

And they all comprise another very important thing. They are anti-tribal. They reject the idea that division is some kind of team sport. All of these chances on our plate for this coming year are about getting serious, being responsible and building a community together, not behaving like you-know-who.

politics  dallas 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Exclusive: Iconic White House tree to be cut down - CNNPolitics
The official Jackson Magnolia has been in the background for numerous historic events, from state arrival ceremonies and Easter Egg Rolls, to thousands of photo ops, social and athletic activities, and countless Marine One departures and arrivals. Ironically, the tree stands directly behind where the press is currently penned during these occasions, now perilously close to the weakened giant.

politics  news 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Birth Tourism Industry Exploiting U.S. Pacific Terrority | NumbersUSA
Since 2009, the number of births to Chinese mothers who have received automatic U.S. citizenship on Saipan has increased by 5800%.

“As long as you have birthright citizenship, it’s true this is something that can be exploited,” Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, told the Wall Street Journal. “This is the first I’ve heard of Saipan. That’s actually quite clever.”

politics  citizenship 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Trump Administration and the United Nations – A Good News Story - Volokh Conspiracy :
Yesterday, the Trump Administration did what its predecessors could not.

It obtained a unanimous resolution on travel data from the Security Council. The resolution instructs UN member states to require that airlines transmit passport data to destination governments. It requires all states to "collect, process and analyse" PNR, and it encourages them to share the data with other relevant and concerned governments. It requires the development of watchlists of terror suspects to be used at the border and encourages the sharing of watchlist information. Finally, the order requires states to collect fingerprints, photos, and other biometric data to identify terrorists.
privacy  data  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Federal Court Dismisses First Emoluments Clause Case Against President Trump - Volokh Conspiracy :
Does President Trump's continued ownership of hotels and other properties that do business with foreign governments violate the Constitution's emoluments clauses? It might, but don't expect a court judgment to that effect anytime soon.
december 2017 by whip_lash
Thursday assorted links - Marginal REVOLUTION

Either way we slice it, this is a crisis for a decade or more: A region that is 70% pro independence will be independent and do the best they can. 70% pro spain will return to the status quo. But what we are getting here is a terrible split where 45% of the population is going to hate the result, and the only way to minimize the hate for later will involve more nation building (ie, propaganda), of one side or the other. Schoolteachers are all as pro-independence as the ICE is for Trump, or the EPA is for the Democrats, with the difference that they interact with the next generation every day. How can a region not end up in trouble like that? And how painful would be to have some sort of “purge”? There’s no way to win.
spain  catalonia  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
James Meek · Somerdale to Skarbimierz · LRB 20 April 2017
The rise of Law and Justice and the Brexit referendum victory only make sense if economics and culture are seen as two aspects of a single field, whose fundamental substance is the collective psyche of voters; a field in which apparently unconnected economic and cultural abstractions (GDP, a lost empire) and apparently unconnected economic and cultural particularities (how much you get paid, the history of the building where you work) have links and relative weights that economics, and globalised consumer capitalism, struggle to measure.
politics  economics  britain  poland  europe 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Sex, Consent, and the Dangers of “Misplaced Scale” | The New Yorker
In the current American conversation, women are increasingly treated as children: defenseless, incapable of consent, always on the verge of being victimized. This should give us pause. Being infantilized has never worked out well for women.
feminism  politics  sex  sexism 
december 2017 by whip_lash
James Burnham’s Managerial Elite - American Affairs Journal
Managerialism succeeds because it proves more capable of fulfilling capitalist desires than capitalism itself. Simply to continue acquiring, the bourgeoisie must turn to the managers. But the impetus behind managerialism is not merely the desire for new technology. Burnham points out that the medieval master artisans required greater training and skill than the average capitalist laborer or even the typical bourgeois entrepreneur. Increasing technical complexity alone does not give rise to managerialism. Rather, it is the coordination of massive systems—mass production and consumption, mass politics, mass armies, and so on—that necessitates distinctively managerial competencies. Managerialism is thus a consequence of capitalism’s universalist ambitions, and its power derives from the managers’ ability to exert dominance over an ever-widening sphere.
economics  politics  burnham  managerialism 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Donald Trump’s Worst Deal | The New Yorker
According to Garten, Trump played a passive role in the development of the property: he was “merely a licensor” who allowed his famous name to be used by a company headed by Ziya Mammadov’s son, Anar, a young entrepreneur.

realestate  crime  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Washington Monthly | The Looming Decline of the Public Research University
Trump’s cuts would affect all research universities, but not equally. The problem is more pronounced at public universities than privates, and especially at public institutions in the Midwest, which have historically conducted some of the nation’s most important research. These schools are desperately needed to diversify economies that rely disproportionately on manufacturing and agriculture and lack the wealthy private institutions that fuel the knowledge industries found in Silicon Valley or along Boston’s 128/I-95 corridor.

education  research  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Why China Would Want to Offer Extended Deterrence to North Korea - Lawfare
In two previous essays for Lawfare, I argued that a similar Chinese guarantee of extended deterrence to North Korea, analogous to those the U.S. gives to Japan and South Korea, is the best path—perhaps the only realistic path—to a denuclearized Korean peninsula and I explained why I thought this guarantee would be welcomed by North Korea.
korea  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Learn Liberty | The politics of “The Last Jedi”
As I have explained in earlier writings on Star Wars, earlier Star Wars films tended to neglect institutional considerations, and implicitly convey the message that we should put our faith in heroic figures like Han, Luke, and Leia, and that concentrated power is only dangerous if placed in the wrong hands. The Last Jedi at least partly corrects that tendency. It suggests that heroes aren’t enough. The Galaxy will not have peace, happiness, or freedom without a functional republic, and perhaps also a new and better Jedi Order.
starwars  scifi  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Current Sex Panic Harks Back to the Era of Coddling Women - Bloomberg
What would a reasonable and innocent heterosexual man do to protect himself from the economic death penalty?

One thing he might do is avoid being alone with anyone of the opposite sex -- not in the office and not even in social situations. You might, in other words, adopt something like the Pence Rule, so recently mocked for its Victorian overtones. (Or worse still, work hard not to hire any women who could become a liability.)

This would obviously be bad for women, who would lose countless opportunities for learning, advancement, friendship, even romance -- the human connections that make us human workers superior to robots, for now.

harassment  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Senate intel committee investigating Jill Stein campaign for possible collusion with the Russians - The Washington Post
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters Monday that the Senate Intelligence Committee has “two other campaigns that we’re just starting on,” in addition to the panel’s ongoing probe of alleged ties between the Trump administration and Kremlin officials. One of those he identified as Stein’s; Burr has indicated previously that the committee is also looking into reports that the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for research that went into a dossier detailing allegations of Donald Trump’s 2013 exploits in Moscow.

december 2017 by whip_lash
Stuff You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley – Elaine's Idle Mind
These guys aren’t worried about being persecuted; they’re worried about being ignored. Just like Bill Gross, these people are empty narcissists on a neurotic quest for love. That’s another thing you can’t say in Silicon Valley.
politics  tech 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Sam Altman and the fear of political correctness - Marginal REVOLUTION
Whatever you are free to say in America, you have said many times already, and the marginal value of exercising that freedom yet again doesn’t seem so high.  But you show up in China, and wow, your pent-up urges are not forbidden topics any more.  Just do be careful with your mentions of Uncle Xi, Taiwan, Tibet, Uighur terrorists, and disappearing generals.  That said, in downtown Berkeley you can speculate rather freely on whether China will someday end up as a Christian nation, and hardly anybody will be offended.
december 2017 by whip_lash
What People Think You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley – Jason Crawford – Medium
Both sides feel oppressed! For example, some people think you can’t question diversity efforts; others think you can’t speak out about racism. Some think you can’t praise capitalism; others think you can’t suggest socialism. It’s theoretically possible that the Overton window could be in the middle and exclude both extremes, but to my mind it’s more likely that people just like to think or claim that their views are an oppressed minority.
diversity  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not. | WIRED
The privilege that techies have enjoyed for years is starting to erode. It’s taking them some time to see what other people are seeing, but if VCs, media critics, and people adjacent to the industry are starting to get it, then it’s time to make a change. Right?

tech  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Case Against Reading Everything · The Walrus
There’s no doubt that, in the political realm, we need more connection with those we disagree with. But for the most part, “read widely” belongs to a class of expression that’s good to be heard saying (as in: we need “more dialogue” or we need “to have a national conversation about sheet cake”).

education  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
NAFTA Update: Nobody Has Any Idea What's Going On
However, with no real progress made, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to envision a different outcome. The United States doesn’t seem interested in softening its demands and has been critical of Mexico and Canada for not participating earnestly. During the previous round of ineffectual discourse in Mexico, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer explained his goal was to “rebalance” trade on the continent and requested that Mexico and Canada begin engaging in a “serious way.”

The next round of talks will take place in Montreal from January 23rd to the 28th. They are likely to become the defining moments for NAFTA’s future.
trade  nafta  economics  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
Changes to Capital Gains Taxes Could Radically Alter the Calculus for Home Sellers - Zillow Research
But plans proposed recently by both the U.S. House and Senate would change the residency requirement to five of the past eight years – a change that, had it been enacted last year, would have affected 11 percent of U.S. home sellers. Were these laws enacted, an owner of the nation’s median-valued property ($202,700 as of September) that decided to sell after four years – a year shy of the five-year rule currently proposed – would have a capital gains tax bill of $2,363, compared to $0 currently.
realestate  tax  economics  politics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Republican Plan To Raise Your Capital Gains Taxes
If one of their fund managers sells a stock in his fund, he can choose which tax lots he wants to sell. Yet if you own the identical holdings, and you sell the same stock, you can't. This tilts the table in favor of the mutual funds.

Instead of leveling the tax playing field between traditional mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, like the bill should have done, Congress is instead proposing to change the tax code to benefit mutual fund behemoths like Fidelity and Schwab at the expense of the individual investor.
tax  politics  economics 
december 2017 by whip_lash
The Logan Act: Never Used, Often Abused - Bloomberg
Since that time, both Republicans and Democrats periodically rummage through their political arsenals, rediscover the Logan Act, and brandish it each other like some kind of magical fetish
politics  law 
december 2017 by whip_lash
George Orwell: Shooting an Elephant
I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the ‘natives’, and so in every crisis he has got to do what the ‘natives’ expect of him. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.
history  imperialism  literature  politics 
november 2017 by whip_lash
Ten Points About Speech, Ducks, And Flights To Africa | Popehat
The doctrine of the Preferred First Speaker holds that when Person A speaks, listeners B, C, and D should refrain from their full range of constitutionally protected expression.. It's ultimately incoherent as a theory of freedom of expression.
politics  freespeech 
june 2015 by whip_lash
The dangerous double-standard of liberal 'social justice warriors'
“Members of the SJW community have threatened to rape, burn, torture, and murder the Goldenberg family,”
politics  violence  harassment 
december 2014 by whip_lash
I called up Armey's office when I got this. They told me they learned about
Gore's remarks from my Wired News story, which is at:
gore  internet  politics  quote 
september 2014 by whip_lash
Republicans | Democrats | Open-mindedness | Tolerance | The Daily Caller
Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.
april 2012 by whip_lash
John Cochrane: What to Do on the Day After ObamaCare -
But what then? Millions of uninsured, both those who choose not to purchase coverage and those who can't due to pre-existing conditions, will still be with us. The rising costs and inefficient delivery of health care will still be with us.
healthcare  politics  obama 
april 2012 by whip_lash
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