Actually, PHP Productivity is Nothing to Sniff at

I would like to take a moment to chuckle about this … in which the learning curves of various programming languages are given. Apparently the author is a Haskeller … and so he’s taking the opportunity to have a good laugh at how much harder to learn Haskell is in reality than you’re promised it…

One-line Dispatching

Here’s my new favorite pattern in Coffeescript/Javascript – using the indispensible LoDash library. ld(obj).pairs().filter(ld.last).map(ld.first).value() First, what’s it do – or more accurately, how do I use it? I’ve found it works really well as a dispatch table, or a kind of giant switch statement, when more than one condition needs to apply. So, say you…

World Mutual Fund

One thing I’ve been meaning to get back to is the strange libertarian attraction for a Basic Income Guarantee, and questions about whether it’s feasible. My jumping off point: Scott Alexander highlighted this comment for being a particularly good suggestion of how to fix the implementation of a hypothetical Socialism-within-Capitalism. It was made on a…

Actually, We Like Cooperation Better than You

Life lived as a Libertarian in today’s political order involves a lot of head-scratching. Partly that’s just because you’re an outsider – and anyone who’s outside the mainstream will tend to have a clearer view than others of the mechanisms the mainstream uses to perpetuate itself. For American politics, that means you often notice before…

How (Not) To Sell A Crisis

Preparing for the worst is a healthy way to live your life. But there are people who raise alarms just to raise alarms. One of my friends on Facebook keeps posting articles from a site called Information Clearing House that seems to be a gaggle of such people. It’s interesting, for example, to watch them…

Reverse Racism Exists, and it isn’t always “Reverse”

The strength of thought experiments is also their weakness. The great thing about them is it lets you abstract out the essentials of a problem and focus on those. The downside is that you may turn out to be wrong about what’s essential. Roderick Long’s Thought Experiments on Reverse Racism strike me as having missed…

A Cool Link to Nowhere

You know that thing that some people do where they link something that is at best tangentially related to what they’re talking about and pretend that it’s directly related to what they’re talking about, apparently hoping that you don’t click the link? There’s a breathtaking example of it in this Elite Daily article about why…

Advancing the Discussion: You’re Doing it Wrong

Ferguson. It happened. There were riots. Everyone had an opinion. People responded. As with everything, some of those responses were better than others. One of the right’s weaker responses has been to try to cast the hammer beating of Zemir Begic as a racial incident. The broad facts are these: Begic, a Bosnian, was beaten…