How to Win (or at least get started)

Here‘s an encouraging quote: You know, one of the areas where I think Libertarians may be right is about the legalization of drugs. There would be less of them with no profit motive for their sale. Less money for guns. Fewer innocent bystanders would die. Who knows? That’s Roger Ebert in his review of Harry…

Tending the Great Machine

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot like Bryan Caplan on the financial crisis. The link goes to a short entry where Caplan has the following to say about the Crash of 2008 (is that what we’re calling it now?): Once in a century, a once-in-a-century mistake happens. The end. Which kind of reminds me of…

Mistaking Apathy for Trust

I think Tyler Cowen and Arnold Kling are talking past the problem in their recent discussion of Canada’s return from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1990s. The background is that Canada had, by 1993, secured a national debt so staggering that the Wall Street Journal was calling it “an honorary member of the…

UKIP, Libertarian, Whatever

TOWM quote of the day comes from Gerald Warner writing in the Daily Telegraph advocating protest votes for the UKIP in the upcoming general election: The totalitarian forces of the “progressive consensus” rely on discouragement and the defeatist conviction that a seismic shift in power is not possible. The only effective response is for each…

SAT Question

You know those questions on the reading part of the SAT that test your reading comprehension by giving you a short passage to read and then asking you to select the best title from a list of four? Yeah, well, I’m starting to wonder what your average Associated Press editor scores on that section. For…