It's kinda surreal. RT is involved in vaccination campaign here in Russia, attacking anti-vaxers and promoting Sputnik vaccine, while at the same time these anti-vaxers translate foreign RT articles and share them among themselves.
Here's the original
Edit: Apparently this is the real original. I wasn't familiar with that comic, I just kept seeing the one about rape posted on pro-Trump pages on Instagram. Sorry if I confused anybody.
I'll try to keep this short.
International Trade and Finance
Economic Growth and Development
This sounds hard
Nobody said policy was easy.
> This is an outrageous decision
Moreover, they've been tricked by a Kremlin propagandist:
Amnesty International rescinds Navalny’s ‘prisoner of conscience’ status because of past ‘hate speech,’ following rumored ‘campaign’ by individuals tied to Russia Today
Navalny's 2007 video (where he calls for deportation of illegal immigrants) is provocative, but it's not a hate speech.
More context: The Evolution of Alexey Navalny’s Nationalism
I think the current model of globalization based on multinational corporations using cheap labor is a net positive for developing countries, but would prefer a system that facilitates homegrown entrepreneurship. Investing in higher education and allowing more migration would do this nicely.
JFC, if Biden doesn't have enough going on with Afghanistan and covid here comes Ida. Projected to be a CAT 4 before hitting New Orleans.
I'm French, and I'm all for large compensation of France former colonies.
If they are well-functioning democracies now, it's easy: just give money to the state. But for authoritarian and hybrid regimes, it's more difficult. If we give money to a corrupted state, not only little of that money will make it to the general population. But worse, it may contribute to reinforce the authoritarian nature of that state (I'm not sure if I read that argument in the white man's burden or why nations fail): if the money flows through the dictator, it buys the support of the country's elite to the regime.
Should France make the payment via NGOs? Or wait until those countries become democratic? It's probably a moot point anyway, since I doubt that France will ever offer to compensate its former colonies.
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These are still serious issues and you are right, they are getting worse. The point of the book is that most people think the world is bad and getting worse but we've never had it so good and things are improving dramatically. I just finished the book this weekend. It is totally worth a read.
A neoliberal London School of Economics economics professor and free trader was teaching a class on Milton Friedman, known capitalist.
“Before the class begins, you must get on your knees and worship Friedman and accept that he was the most highly-evolved capitalist the world has ever known, even greater than Adam Smith!”
At this moment, a brave, socialist, protectionist Labour MP who had served in the House of Commons for over twenty years and understood the necessity of nationalization and fully supported all rent control laws made by the United Kingdom stood up and held up Marx's Das Kapital.
“How accurate were Marx's prescriptions on the evils of capitalism?”
The arrogant professor smirked quite Jewishly and smugly replied “Not at all, it was Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek who disproved him.”
“Wrong. Capitalism is merely class warfare by the elites. The only way to achieve a future for the many and not the few is to implement maximum wages, rent control, and nationalization of key industries.”
The professor was visibly shaken, and dropped his chalk and copy of Capitalism and Freedom. He stormed out of the room crying those neoliberal cuck tears.
The students applauded and all became paid members of the Labour Party that day and accepted Marx as their lord and savior. A cat named “El Gato” stormed into the room and perched atop the Hammer and Sickle and shed a single tear. The Labour Party manifesto was read several times, and Marx himself showed up and enacted full rent control across the country.
The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He died of the old rich Tory disease and was tossed into the English Channel forever.
The Labour MP's name -- Jeremy Corbyn.
He was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, and made strong cases for free markets and free trade.
I would recommend reading either Free to Choose or Capitalism and Freedom.
Adam Smith. He wrote "The Wealth of Nations", which is basically the foundation of Capitalism. It was also highly influential on Socialism, and lead to basically every economic idea to come since.
Or to put it in another sense, it's what Pong is to Video Games. Or the Ford Model T is to cars.
With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Troops in Their Own Words
I'm looking forward to reading this when it comes out in November. Written by an Air/Space Force lieutenant colonel that's the highest ranking trans person that's out in the DoD. She's also the new president of SPARTA.
wait till you all see my "educational" youtube video made by using Flash to draw stick figures on top of historical paintings, where I "teach" everyone that actually people in the Late Middle Ages knew the world was round! Exactly 10 minutes 30 seconds for the algorithm, of course (including a 3 minute ad break in the middle to tell you about NordVPN)
If you feel bad about Americans wanting to keep Confederate statues, remember that the government of Japan is trying to get rid of statues dedicated to victims of their war crimes in other countries
Redditors on almost any other topic: "FUCK baby boomers they drained the economy they are taking everything for themselves they own all the houses they leave nothing for the future."
Redditors when I say I'm opposed to raising SS benefits because the majority of the federal budget shouldn't go to Boomer retirees (SS + Medicare): "Fuck you you greedy corporate shill."
The idiocy is astounding. Social Security is an important social safety net, but it crowds out private savings and it therefore diminishes the capital stock for private investment. Medicare and SS are the two biggest chunks of the federal budget, and they crowd out economic growth.
I'd much rather see the 401(k) and IRA tax-free contribution caps doubled, and see some sort of program to Nudge companies into automatically enrolling workers into private savings plans--especially lower-end workers.
A real reply to a post by Ted Cruz on Parler:
>This is how the communists take over this country With Hollywood and The Media:
>turn the women against the men 😡
The black against the whites 😡
Gays against the straights 😡
Spying on The president
This is a WAR 💣
We ( the people) love and Support President Trump 🤗GOD bless Trump
>I miss the old Krugman, no Nobel Prize Krugman
>Pop Internationalism Krugman, set on his goals Krugman
>I hate the new Krugman, the bad mood Krugman
>The always rude Krugman, political pundit Krugman
>I miss the sweet Krugman, New Trade Theory Krugman
>I gotta say, at that time I'd like to meet Krugman
>See, I invented Krugman, it wasn't any Krugmans
>And now I look and look around and there's so many Krugmans
>I used to love Krugman, I used to love Krugman
>I even had The Accidental Theorist, I thought I was Krugman
>What if Krugman made a song about Krugman
>Called "I Miss The Old Krugman"? Man, that'd be so Krugman
>That's all it was Krugman, we still love Krugman
>And I love you like Krugman loves Krugman
Theres a Steam game curator called SJW Awareness. It's a bunch of games that "don't toe Progressivism or Identity politics, pander to that ideology, or has an "SJW" attitude with gamers".
My new favorite "aggrieved" group are gamers who get upset because developers removed breast jiggle physics from female characters.
EDIT: Link to group.
Eugenics =/= voluntary gene therapy or PGD (Preimplantation genetic diagnosis).
In short, Eugenics is not Gattaca. It involved the forced sterilization of criminals and the disabled, and was a human rights violation on a massive scale.
Apologia for eugenics is strictly prohibited, and will result in removal and potential bans. It is, in effect, advocating violence. The others have ethical implications, even troubling ones to some of us, but are not out-and-out wrong.
For those of you wanting to argue definitions, this is banned for the same reason as race realism. It's not worth it, it invites the worst sort of behavior, and does violence to the image of this sub.
A country is not a company, and it's not a household either - The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Chapter 7: Output gaps
This is a political economy issue, the instincts of people is to cut costs in tough times and spend more in good times - in other words, people intuitively treat the economy as a whole on a macro level as if it's the same as managing a household, which leads to big problems when writ large.
How can we solve this? Is there a way to disentangle politics from fiscal policy decisions? Is that even justifiable in a democratic system?
Donald Trump says Russia isn't to blame for MH17
OMG, you fuck. Almost 300 people died. Maybe it was the Alt-left or both sides that shot off a Russian anti-air missile from Russian separatist territory.
I had a professor for a social justice class in college. Openly proud of his undocumented immigrant parents. Loved his Chicano heritage and Marxist socialism. Also a huge fan of Ceasar Chavez.
But definitely wasn't a fan when I brought up UFW going down to the border to act as vigilante minute men to beat the shoot out of illegals. Or that Chavez had a good likelyhood of being a Trump supporter.
Also didn't like that after watching " The Shock Doctrine" that it makes no damn sense because Milton Friedman was a noted pacifist who opposed Vietnam and the first gulf war and personally convinced Nixon and the joint chiefs to end the draft.
Especially in rural areas
>Rural hospitals have relied on foreign-born doctors who work in underserved towns in exchange for green cards, explains James Dickson, CEO of Bisbee's hospital. But that's changing. "They cap the number of visas, and we can't get doctors down here," Dickson says.
Annnd the rural areas have shot themselves in the foot again.
To everyone complaining that my book list is too long, here's the Cliffs version
There, I hope you're all happy.
>This erotic tale is 4,100 words of sizzling human on gay living concept action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies and social media ban love.
Did he start writing this the moment Trump was banned or does he have pre-written smut that he just inserts topical references into?
!ping LGBT I guess?
It was to make slave owners happy, they wanted to be ensured slavery would not end.
This book is really good about going into detail about how pro-slavery rural states literally created our foreign policy and fought tooth and nail to make sure there were tons of mechanisms to prevent it from being ended.
The author of this comic, u/MrWeiner of [SMBC](smbc-comics.com), stops by here sometimes and has a book coming out on open borders with Bryan Caplan: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250316960/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1250316960&linkCode=as2&tag=bryacaplwebp-20&linkId=1ed2cdfe4a1c0cd2a62e942a39f87b9d.
Sortition is badass, especially when selected citizens are empowered with expert opinions and cogent information when they deliberate sources.
One of the more interesting recent trends of democratic theory in political science is discussing whether sortition or more direct, deliberative democracy might be a good thing to improve the degree of legitimacy and responsiveness of government.
Two good, recent books on the topic include Against Elections and Democracy When the People are Thinking
Anyone who puts "Courage to act" in their donation comment will go into a draw for a copy of Mr.Bernanke's book.
Alternatively they can choose a copy of The Road to Serfdom, The Worldly Philosophers, or Wealth of Nations (in a rather attractive black hardback).
I think the U.S. dropping out was positive for the remaining countries, in the limited sense that it allowed them to nix the copyright chapter. U.S. business interests have had too much influence over international IP policy, and I think it's time for other countries and digital rights groups to have greater say. Putting life + 70 in the TPP was especially ridiculous.
> Which is why you do that at a point of a gun if necessary.
Which could end up delegitimizing it in the eyes of the general population since it would be seen as an imposition from the outside.
Also first you need to establish security. In the 17th year of occupation, security is still hard to come by in Afghanistan.
I'd highly recommend the High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup (RIP) on this subject. Great, pioneering book about how we fail to deal with the huge externalities of personal automobiles.
To elaborate on what has already been said -
In the past 50 years, I would argue the Fed's record is primarily seen through two actions - the success of the Fed under Bernanke in the response to the Great Recession, and the success of the Fed under Volcker in actually deciding to risk it all in using a recession to stop stagflation. Both involved a success that came out of a lot of moving pieces and complex decision-making.
When Capitalism and Freedom was published, the past 50 years of the Federal Reserve's record could be defined by one thing - making the Great Depression much worse, and maybe even causing it in the first place. In this case, it was an example of government bureaucrats very much suggesting they couldn't be trusted with such a big responsibility.
So these are the two differing time perspectives to keep in mind, and why Friedman disliked and even wanted to abolish the Fed. Can't really blame him at the time.
>I wonder if that's true.
>Hypothetical scenario - You die tomorrow are and reincarnated as a Black child in America. You can be born in one of two places:
>A) A stable, nuclear family in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow.
>B) A single mother in Baltimore in 2018.
>I know which one I'd pick but YMMV.
ALL OF MY WEWS
Just put it back on your bookshelf and virtue signal it whenever guests are over.
"Mmmm, yes, I quite enjoy the economic contributions of Smith. While many would consider The Wealth of Nations to be his greatest work, I much prefer The Theory of Moral Sentiments as his magnum opus. In it, Smith clearly delineates his hopes for a free market society that hasn't been matched since Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty which are also on my shelf if you look over here."
Highly influential economist. Stands for free markets and low government.
Capitalism and Freedom
Free to Choose
Monetary History of the united states
The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.
Yeah this is not to excuse how terrible it is, but I was always a little confused by how big this thing blew up and/or how shocked people are by her claim. Look at any state with a substantial Native population/history and claiming dubious Native heritage is super common. Again, not to excuse anyone who does it, but it's a really common thing that just gets passed on down the line in families.
What was Friedman's view on preventing monopolies from forming? From this clip I get the impression that he sees government intervention in the economy as something of a slippery slope - businesses can easily elbow their way into an interventionist government and influence the government to create favourable conditions for them.
Also does he ever really address things like information asymmetry? His final point is that a business will only get money out of you if you think it's a good idea to give them your money whereas government can force you to give up your money but that's only really comforting if you are making fully informed decisions with all relevant information.
For example, does he have an opinion on food manufacturers being required to present an ingredients list and for them to submit their products for safety testing? Without that, consumers would be in the dark regarding what they are (literally) consuming, and it's very difficult to see how they could make truly informed decisions regarding what to purchase. On the other hand, food safety standards and ingredients listing requires a governmental body to oversee the whole thing. That requires the government "sending a police officer around to take your money" to fund the oversight body. Is that something he's opposed to in principle or am I interpreting his answer wrong?
Or should I just read Capitalism and Freedom?
His role in the French revolution is controversial, and he was ultimately unsuccessful when his liberal reformist government was replaced by revolutionary terror.
The above is an incredibly simplified account and if you're interested in reading more about Lafayette you should preorder this:
The chart is from:
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty
lol the Chapo book
>In a manifesto that renders all previous attempts at political satire obsolete, The Chapo Guide to Revolution shows you that you don’t have to side with either the pear-shaped vampires of the right or the craven, lanyard-wearing wonks of contemporary liberalism. These self-described “assholes from the internet” offer a fully ironic ideology for all who feel politically hopeless and prefer broadsides and tirades to reasoned debate.
Yeah this is exactly the meme movement you thought it was all along lmao
Bonus: It's being published by the same people who were going to publish Milo's book
So I got out my copy of Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations Books I-III that has been sitting on my shelf for a year and never read. I got a stack of lined paper and a pen.
Then I opened the book and realised it sounds really fucking complicated, I haven't studied Economics at school in 5 years and even then I never studied and ending up getting a grade E.
Give me study tips please.
What the fuck did you just fucking say about Milton Friedman, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the University of Chicago, and I’ve been involved in economic advice to Chile, and I have over 300 confirmed helicopter drops. I am trained in cessation of government intervention in currency markets and I’m the top floater in the entire field of US academics. You are nothing to me but just another peg. I will price you the fuck out with precision the likes of which have never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit about Friedman over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of neoliberal shills across the Reddit Economics Network and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the market, maggot. The market that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your socialism. You’re fucking dead in the long run, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can recount Capitalism and Freedom in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my invisible hand. Not only am I extensively trained in sequential sampling, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the NBER and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the market price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit the fractional reserve monetary system all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.
>It is a striking historical fact that the development of capitalism has been accompanied by a major reduction in the extent to which particular religious, racial, or social groups have operated under special handicaps in respect of their economic activities; have, as the saying goes, been discriminated against. (108)
Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom.
>As noted in chapter i, the purchaser of bread does not know whether it was made from wheat grown by a white man or a Negro, by a Christian or a Jew. In consequence, the producer of wheat is in a position to use resources as effectively as he can, regardless of what the attitudes of the community may be toward the color, the religion, or other characteristics of the people he hires. (109)
Noe that the biggest examples of oppression came from illiberal regimes: the USSR, Nazi Germany and the USA (during slavery)/CSA. The decentralisation of an economic system allows minorities to resist oppression/interference from the state. By embracing socialism/anti-capitalism you are allowing the aforementioned status quo to further relegate (((them/victims))). A
As neoliberals, ( we (or at least I) are not beholden to the social progressive circle jerk- which is merely a bunch of people wanting to force their particular worldview (whether the world view is noble or not). Instead we rely on the market of goods/capital/labour/etc and the market of ideas to produce optimum outcomes in regards to discrimination.
Bitcoin has a real value; you can buy drugs on the internet with it. If all countries everywhere legalized LSD and ecstasy then the price of bitcoin would fall.
Bitcoin, Tor and PGP have created a new golden age for substances like in the 60s. The long-term decline in LSD use was reversed in 2011 when the first dark net market was created. Go to any student party where drugs are used and people will have heard about bitcoin and tor, even if they haven't used it themselves.
Ageing retirees and conservative killjoys don't want us to get high when we go out clubbing, so we're taking matters into our own hands with technology.
Apparently people also use btc for online casinos and anonymous donations (e.g. to gimp).
Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries Book 1)
>Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.
>Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.
>Part noir thriller and part bromance, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.
Currently on sale for 2.99
Economically, it's a terrible idea.
Especially in the USA where clubs/teams are owned by wealthy individuals. You're basically subsidising rich peoples hobbies.
You can read this article about why specifically it's not a good idea:
The Economic Impact of Sports Facilities, Teams and Mega-Events.
Has anyone talked about the hypocrisy of his BEZOS act coupled with this information?
That is, how does he reconcile his assertion that Amazon doesn't pay fulfillment workers a living wage while simultaneously leveraging this labor by selling Our Revolution and Where We Go From Here on Amazon? I imagine a substantial portion of his book income came from sales on Amazon.
Notes from /u/papermarioguy02 reading Capitalism and Freedom: Chapter XI
In this chapter Friedman talks about various existing welfare programs in the US, most important among them Social Security (Medicare and Medicaid were but a twinkle in LBJ's eye in 1962). He makes the argument for privatizing Social Security and scaling back other welfare programs to be scaled back and replaced by just giving poor people money (an idea he'll go into further next chapter).
This is another chapter where Friedman was able to convince me of his argument. He makes the case for privatizing SS quite well, and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what he was saying. So consider this a point for /u/darkaceAUS.
This is where it really starts to strike me how different the GOP of my lifetime and especially since 2010 is from what Friedman's ideas here. Reagan was not a perfect implementer of Friedmanism (it's hard to piss off old people) but he was certainly much more faithful to a consistent liberalism than the tea party/freedom caucus/Trump wings of the modern Republican Party.
I'm typing this on mobile, so I can't easily copy/paste a selected quotation here. I'll repost this with a selected quote when I get home tonight.
I feel like the current plague of eWhoring (men pretending to be women selling stolen nude photos and videos) is going to be stopped by AI’s being able to wholesale generate nudes.
Like with https://thispersondoesnotexist.com
I can't recommend "The Chickens**t Club" enough to anyone interested in this issue. Written by the same author from this article, and delves deeper into the failure of the SEC and DOJ to prosecute white-collar criminals.
Things I'd add. To either run as counters you should be familiar with, or as pieces that likely support a neolib position.
> Political Theory
Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia (gotta at least here a consistent statement of the libertarian position, though I haven't read this myself since I don't do much political theory).
Something by John Dewey.
Aristotle's Politics. You gotta read the classics since people refer to them so much.
Sandel's Justice (another counter to Rawls)
> Normative Theory
Timmons Moral Theory (excellent secondary source)
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
Beauchamp and Childress' Principles of Biomedical Ethics (since health-care often comes up in policy problems)
>Economic Growth and Development
Nussbaum's Women and Human Development
The book they're referencing is actually even more hilarious than that:
From the reviews
>Next, Desai also argues that, in a qualified sense, Marx was also an imperialist! Of course, he is so only in the sense that he believes that it is capitalism, and only capitalism, which can and must overcome the earlier stages of development of the colonies.
>>"Marx had welcomed the British East India Company's role in destroying the old precapitalist institutions in India; his only complaint was that they had not finished the job properly in 1857, when the company was replaced by the British government. He and Engels had approved of France's takeover of Algeria. In Marx's view, capitalism was a progressive force which had to destroy older modes even if this destruction was effected by a colonial power. This embarrassing legacy was suppressed or explained away. Marx became cast as a firm anti-imperialist writer as well as an anticapitalist one. The Narodniks' delusions about skipping the capitalist stage altogether and jumping on to socialism were now given Marxist garb."
(Desai, pgs. 154-155)
Quick! Someone tell the Chapos! ����������
Does anyone else feel neutral about GDP in terms of its importance? A few years ago I read The Second Machine Age, which opened my eyes to the fact that due to the advancement of digital technologies, there are products and services being created that add value to our economy, but end up hurting GDP.
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Neoliberalism. The policies are extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical econ most of it will go over a typical reader's head. There's also Friedman's free market outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from monetarists literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these policies, to realise that they're not just good - they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Neoliberalism truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the theory in Friedman's book "Capitalism and Freedom," which itself is a cryptic reference to Smiths Magnum Opus An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Krugman's genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them.
edit: And yes by the way, I DO have a Bernanke AND Mankiw tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the post-grad' eyes only- And even they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably higher) beforehand.
Sure. But because of the big sort, I would wager a bet that a significant number of us live in deep blue places. In those places, the DSA really does matter a lot more than the figures suggest for city council, school board, state rep, or whatever local office, most of which have a reasonably material impact on your life.
Furthermore, the median user of r/neoliberal is probably as likely to have a friend that's friendly toward the DSA as they are likely to have a friend that's friendly toward the GOP.
til that Bryan caplan wrote a ~~graphic nonfiction~~ weeb mangashit on open borders.
Sorry that science denialism doesn't happen much here. Here's some starting reading material to erode away your disgust. :)
edit: added friendly smiley face
If they could spank a fetus, they would.
The only reason you'd care about a fetus more than a child is because you hate women anyway.
Hell, check out the "frequently bought together" books. Its all 'how to be a subservient wife' Atwood-esque dystopian hell books.
"An Army veteran has come forward to accuse Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of groping her during a photo opportunity in 2003. Stephanie Kemplin told CNN that the incident occurred while she was stationed in the Middle East during the Iraq war and Franken was on tour with a USO show. "
Imo, it's time for Franken to resign. This is the 5th woman to accuse him. And although it was before he was a senator, I don't think that should give him a pass.
Simon Springer has a RateMyProfessors page
Hotness: Yes (???)
> Springer is a helpful prof and a nice, personable fellow. Unfortunately his expertise did not line up with this class and it became a class about anarchism and development. You will get a good mark if you attend and participate in class, but his marking criteria can be confusing or non-existant at times.
Can highly recommend the BBC documentary "Shadow Commander: Iran’s Military Mastermind" about General Soleimani from last March. Incrediblely detailed and gives a (in hindsight somewhat ironic) great picture of why exactly Soleimani was on the list of targets that the military presented to Trump.
You should be able to watch it here with the use of a VPN, though I haven't personally checked as Danish TV were nice enough to buy the right to restream it.
Quick update on Bernankeia:
Citizens became required to wear helmets at all times.
Bernankeia's Civil Rights fell from Below Average to Some.
The Bernankeian Economy fell from Strong to Good.
Average lifespan is 61 years.
Cyberpunk patch 1.3 is dropping soon and it’s… underwhelming.
Wtf have they been doing for 8 months?
There’s no way they have more than a skeleton crew working on this game. I’m guessing the studio has moved on to Witcher 4.
The day Helen Joyce stops working at the Economist is the day I will resume my subscription. It's so annoying being unable to support them when they have such great articles otherwise.
Also: Use Bypass Paywalls if you can't be bothered to do all that stuff. As a bonus, it also works for WSJ and a bunch of other sites.
In the essay linked here, he says this
>Our racial discourse appears to have become such a blunt instrument that the acknowledgement of racial difference is controversial even when you preface discussion with the belief (that I hold) that the gap is theproduct of innumerable environmental and sociocultural factors ratherthan genetics or other inherent differences.
And in his most famous book, The Cult of Smart, he says this
>To be as clear as I can be: I reject race science and believe that the racial achievement gap is the product of environmental differences between races, the multivariate and complex ways that structural racism alters outcomes. Some think that frank discussion of genes and human outcomes must lead inevitably to eugenics, selective breeding for the most intelligent children possible, and a rigid caste structure based on genetic profiles, like in the science fiction film Gattaca. These fears overestimate the precision of our genetic knowledge; the genetic relationships that influence behavioral outcomes are immensely complex, and we are only beginning to pull them apart. Both of these complaints, moreover, ignore an essential fact: none of the potential bad consequences of this way of thinking are inevitable if we make up our minds to prevent them. Ideas don't bring about ugly regimes like eugenics and "scientific" racism. People do.
Source found here on page 24-25)
Does this sound like the Bell Curve to you?
Now let me be clear: I don't think anyone has to be familiar with this man's work to share their opinion on reddit of all places. I'm only saying that it's shitty to publicly accuse him of scientific racism when you could very easily figure out (from this essay alone!) that he rejects those beliefs.
TL;DR: This guy isn't racist, so stop saying he is
'Only' is a bit strong, but there were numerous programs which encouraged the development of suburban, single family homes - specifically for whites.
The Color of Law offers a thorough, policy based exploration of the racialization and segregation of housing in the US, and also deals with those policies which tended to encourage home ownership and low density zoning.
Related NPR interview of the author of 'The Color of Law'
Wasn't there some guy who wrote some thing or other about why we can't wait and the fierce urgency of now?
A key thing some economists sometimes seem to conveniently forget about politics is that a huge portion of it is about setting the agenda. And right now dreamers are on the agenda. Taking them off it until Trump goes away, and incidentally criminalizing millions of people who broke no law themselves and subjecting them to potential incarceration and deportation, does not guarantee that they will make the agenda in 2020. Democrats might even ride in on a supermajority wave in 2020 and they might focus all their efforts on labor law or education or healthcare or something other than immigration. There's no guarantee for dreamers.
So, while it's easy as someone who's a legal citizen to sit there and pontificate about why they should hold their breath and wait until Trump goes away, I think if they want legal status, that's totally the wrong move. Scrape by for everything you can get now AND fight for everything you can get in three years, BUT for god sakes you have to keep the fight going or you'll never make the top of the agenda.
Even now, dreamers are but an asterisk, one small bargaining chip in a relatively short term continuing budget resolution deal. We're a long, long way from conclusion on this one. This is just the beginning.
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand neoliberalism. The ideology is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of macroeconomics most of the nuance will go over a typical redditor's head. There's also Reagan's optimistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation - his personal philosophy draws heavily from TV B-movies, for instance. The subscribers understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these memes, to realize that they're not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike neoliberalism truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the insight in Reagan's existencial catchphrase "Well there you go again," which itself is a cryptic reference to Adam Smith's epic "The Wealth of Nations." I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Milton Friedman's genius unfolds itself on their computer screens. What fools... how I pity them. �� And yes by the way, I DO have a Bernke tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- And even they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand.
Neocons are a different breed than imperialists (though neoconservatism can easily be hijacked by imperialists). NeoCons believe strongly in the democratic peace theory and hold faith in the idea that most people want to be in a democracy/function in a democratic context and its simply a matter a removing the dictators.
The problem is that democracy is a participatory process. You can’t just install it in a country, it must come from within and there must be strong institutions to sustain it (see “Why Nations Fail” “Capitalism and Freedom” etc.). Without public participation and developed institutions you get mob rule, demagoguery and/or a quasi return to dictatorship.
At the same time, there must be some check on dictators and megalomaniacs. Sometimes the cost of not intervening can be dire (see Rwanda).
He was one of the greatest 20th century economists (who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1976). A libertarian Republican who influenced the neoliberal movement together with FA Hayek, Ludwig Erhard and more. (Mont Pelerin Society. A group of neoliberal thinkers like Karl Popper, Friedman and others that wanted to create an intellectual wave to combat socialist thinking and planned societies and economies after the second World War)
His work has played an improtant role in helping the economies of countries like the UK, the US or Estonia. Here is an example.
"Capitalism and Freedom" and "Free to Choose" are his most popular works.
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When you called us “edgy contrarians”, we fought back against the succ menace.
When you were engaging in premarital hornyposting, we mastered the supply chain.
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> The First Amendment is a horrible car crash without a moral, law-abiding Christian populace. It should be repealed and replaced with a <strong>blasphemy law.</strong>
Mark Levin just posted:
> Those who breached the Capitol Building and committed acts of violence have done grave damage in many ways. This will all need to be sorted out, the violent from the peaceful, but the violent must be punished. And the media must be careful not to paint everyone with the same broad brush. But make no mistake, the perpetrators must be punished.
Someone can contest these sources since they're literally just the first two on google but:
A silencer reduces a .223 rifle from 165 to 134 decibels, according to that site; and a concert is around 120-130 decibels.
So it seems conceivable to me that a silencer could reduce a gunshot to below the level of a loud concert, or in other words, what Hillary said was within the realm of reason.
(I still disagree with it, because the logical conclusion is putting enloudeners on every gun so they are louder than [arbitrarily loud thing])
Evidence, to what end?
Ideology is about goals, not about process. Evidence helps point the way to achieve those goals. Evidence on its own gives you no goals to reach towards, and two ideologically opposed people, upon seeing and accepting the same evidence, will still draw divergent conclusions.
(For one funny example of this, you can look at Bryan Caplan and Freddie deBoer, an anarchocapitalist and a communist who both wrote books about education drawing from almost precisely the same body of evidence, only for one to conclude that the answer was to defund higher education while the other concluded we needed to support unions, increase funding across the board, and implement Medicare For All)
As for which side has the most evidence, mine does, of course.
> Post Capitalism by Colestia is a short city-building and puzzle game about finding the weak links in capitalism and replacing them with alternatives in order to create a functional socialist society. It’s this week’s Indie Pick.
> He might as well have invented central bank independence
My favorite Paul Volcker story is how LBJ literally beat up Fed Chairman Bill Martin because he raised rates before an election. So next time he visited the president, Martin brought 6'7" Volcker along as his muscle.
I know this sounds made up, but I swear to God, this actually happened.
What wealth transfer are they talking about?
Chinese people have worked hard for the wealth they have created. It was not transferred from the U.S.
Now, technology is a different thing. A lot of technology was transferred to China and it is basically the status quo now.
This has a precedent in history. The United States has historically transferred technology to its enemies: Germany, Vietnam and the USSR. This is now happening again.
> We still hate Sanders, but there’s a lot of AOC and Warren apologia on here, both of whom are most certainly not neoliberal by any stretch of the imagination.
Elizabeth Warren is the second most cited author in the field of bankruptcy law/ commercial paper. She literally wrote the book on secured transactions. She set up the CFPB, an idea that she conceived and developed as a Harvard academic. She believes in capitalism with a strong regulatory environment — you know, evidence based policy? Isn’t that what this sub is all about? Am I lost here?
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Capitalism and Freedom. The philosophy is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of advanced economics most of the jokes will go over a typical reader's head. There's also Friedman's monetarstic outlook, which is deftly woven into his writing - his personal philosophy draws heavily from Friedrich Hayek literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these policies, to realize that they're not just evidence-based - they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Capitalism and Freedom truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the importance in Friedman's liberal catchphrase "Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." which itself is a cryptic reference to Adam Smith's Scottish epic The Wealth of Nations I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as The Chicago School's genius unfolds itself on their e-reader screens. What fools... how I pity them. �� And yes by the way, I DO have a supply and demand tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- And even they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand.
Greg Mankiw's recommended reading list for his freshman seminar for those interested:
The Worldly Philosophers, by Robert Heilbroner
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman
Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff, by Arthur Okun
The Economics of Inequality, by Thomas Piketty
Fair Play, by Steven Landsburg
Finance and the Good Society, by Robert Shiller
Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
The Moral Economy, by Samuel Bowles
The Myth of the Rational Voter, by Bryan Caplan
This is for u/papermarioguy02 but I guess other people can also benefit from it.
Books I read in high school that made a difference in how I think
Maybe they'll be useful for you, too. Some of it is high-school English Lit fare. Pay attention anyway. Somewhat off the top of my head, and in no particular order,
(Personal note: In compiling this list, I briefly skimmed through my high school notes, papers, and journals. They're almost fifteen years old! It's like having a conversation with my sixteen-year-old self. Haven't felt nostalgia like this in years.)
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It doesn't work for multiple years, but it lets you discount lock when you go to check out (which is effectively the same thing). This is the cheapest they ever have Economist subscriptions for, it extends their intro offer ($1 per issue) for as long as you keep renewing.
It's a 24 hour sale. Just stop buying millennial shit like avocado toast and fidget spinners for a bit.
Note this is for the print version. Check if your public library uses something called Zinio for Libraries which will get you the digital version for free. I'm one of those people who likes having physical copies of what I'm reading.
An actual book on Amazon:
My Antifa Lover: A Riot Of The Heart
A young congresswoman falls in love with a daring masked protestor in Seattle, Washington. After encountering him at a non-violent burning down of a federal building she can't tell what is hotter, the fire or her feelings developing for him.
That's a very weird claim. If you are specifically looking for a refutation, this video is much more on point than a rushed collection of essays, only a handful of which are explicitly aimed at refuting The Bell Curve. The Bell Curve Wars is an OK read if you want to get a sense of the historical context at the time the book was published, but a lot of the contributions are written by people with no relevant expertise and the whole thing is just way too scattershot to be a definitive anything. If you do insist on reading an entire book about this, Intelligence, Genes & Success is a better bet.
I think you will be surprised to learn that what you have come to understand about neoliberalism and the positions supported by this sub are not always in alignment.
Make sure to read <em>Why Nations Fail</em>. Your first book report is due in two weeks.
Mods, let me know if this kind of content is not okay, I think it’s useful for people here.
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this dude gonna get himself killed?
Paul Krugman's Rate My Professor page is fantastic. link
>He's deadwood, not an active researcher. Princeton students deserve more than a newpaper columnist, no matter what are his political beliefs. This was the home of Einstein and krugman is a disgrace to this legacy
>He's great! Newsflash, Conservatives are too stupid to get this far. Chances are that if you're at Princeton, the cons have been weeded out long ago
‘They screwed up our lake’: tar sands pipeline is sucking water from Minnesota watersheds
There is a another great article on the Wild Rice harvests
John (Parler CEO):
> I wanted to send everyone on Parler an update. We will likely be down longer than expected. This is not due to software restrictions—we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online.
> Parler is my final stand on the Internet. I won’t be making an account on any social. Parler is my home. See you all soon 👋
Reminder that Soros is a Time-Warner shareholder! Time-Warner owns CNN. We must support our lord and savior and generous financial backer!
Electricity can be unreliable, if it's even available at all. But killing mosquitoes by treating breeding grounds with insecticide is a major part of malaria elimination efforts. Worryingly, resistance to insecticides has started to emerge in mosquitoes in many countries.
It is possible to eliminate malaria from an area without eliminating mosquitoes. Humans get malaria from mosquitoes, but mosquitoes get malaria from humans. So by preventing people from getting malaria, you prevent mosquitoes from getting malaria, which saves more people from getting malaria and so on. Malaria has been eliminated from places that still have mosquitoes, like the US South.
Published in 1932, Black Elk Speaks recounts the life of the Oglala Lakota religious figure and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863 - 1950) and his experiences of the Indian Wars and the Indian-Settler conflict in the US during the 19th Century. He was present at the Battle of Little Bighorn, was part of Buffalo Bill's entourage that toured Europe, and was present at the Massacre of Wounded Knee. His story is profound and mystical and some parts will stretch your suspension of disbelief, but the story is also extremely tragic and ends on a downer, since the book ends on Black Elk recounting his experience at the Massacre of Wounded Knee.
There is one part of the book which I find incredibly twisted and funny. When Buffalo Bill is touring Europe and stops in London, Black Elk personally meets Queen Victoria, who essentially tells him "If you [the Sioux] were under British control, we would have treated you much better than the Americans."
2^(1/2) hours? No thanks. I'll read a long, well thought out document, but I'm not going to sit through a rant of this length.
BTW, if you want the definitive, case-closed refutation of The Bell Curve, check out The Bell Curve Wars. Experts in their respective fields completely dismantle every argument and assumption in the original.
Boring books about the electric grid you say?
I spent a good deal of The Machinery of Freedom on my reasons for that opinion. The second edition is a free pdf on my site, the third an inexpensive kindle on Amazon.
The obvious evidence would be if someone set up something close to my model and it did or didn't work.
My nephew is about to be 16 and he's really into the alt-right. He's very smart otherwise (he got into this specialized high school for gifted students who want a STEM career, probably the best high school in the state). He says he's libertarian but he is always listening/watching Shapiro and people like that.
Anyway we constantly get into political arguments and he says he'll change his mind (about Immigration, free trade, stuff like that) if I can just show him the "facts".
So I got him Capitalism and Freedom for Christmas because I think if he's going to say he's a libertarian then that's a good book to start with.
What are some other books I can get him that might open his eyes more about immigration or racism or stuff like that?