So you think you might be an Anagreeable…

Arnold Kling has a followup post to his earlier speculation that Ayn Rand’s enduring appeal owes to her being a kind of “ellaborate justification for low agreeableness,” about which I posted some thoughts. In it, he offers advice based on his own experience on how to get by as what I term an “anagreeable.” His…

Cameron’s no Disney

For anyone worried that the annoying Avatar might actually be the highest-grossing film of all time, as is sometimes claimed, fear not – it’s not even in the top twenty. A least, not according to NC State Economics students’ homework research. As their professor neatly sums it up, the winners are “Disney and the 70s.”

Take as Much Time as you Need

A popular meme these days is that we’re about to make the same mistake FDR did during Great Depression 1.0 – that of pulling back government stimulus too soon. The argument goes that the Great Depression was ending by 1937 until FDR pulled the rug out of the recovery by trying to reign in deficit…

Here’s a Little Nothing for Yourself

The CommGAP Blog has a fascinating story about worthless currency in India. No, not the usual kind. This kind is literaly worthless – as in, it’s a zero rupee note. The idea is to fight the rampant bribe culture in India. Read the original for more detail, but the broad outlines are that an Indian…

Argdo me, baby!

I’ve been a Vim user for a long time, and the trouble with being a long-term Vim user is that it’s frequently not too different from being a short-term Vim user. It’s an incredibly powerful text editor with an incredibly steep learning curve, and the trouble is that a lot of us, once we know…

Doing it Right

Here’s Megan McArdle saying pretty much what I did about the Brown win’s likely effect on healthcare legislation: As I read it, majorities of both houses do not want to pass this bill–otherwise, they wouldn’t have run for the exits so quick. They were looking for an excuse that they could deploy without risking retaliation…

Klingon Rand

I think Arnold Kling has hit the nail on the head with regard to Ayn Rand’s enduring appeal. What he says isn’t the whole story (call me old-fashioned, but I still think making convincing arguments has something to do with it), but it’s hard to argue that it isn’t an important part of it. The…

A Point of Confusion!

Dear movetoamend.org: I was just reading your page – presumably in protest of yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling to the effect that corporations have speech rights – arguing that “money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights,” and I’m stuck on the section at the bottom right of…

The Function of a Loyal Opposition

On the off chance you haven’t heard, Brown won the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts yesterday, thus popping the Dems’ supermajority. Now they will have no effective defense against the fillibuster, which Republicans are expected to use to sabotage Obama’s healthcare plans. Predictably, then, here‘s Matt Yglesias trying to downplay it and completely…