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Jay Bhattacharya on Uncommon Knowledge

Hoover’s Peter Robinson does an excellent job of interviewing Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya on various aspects of the COVID pandemic and lockdown. I recommend the whole thing: it’s all informative, especially for those who might have forgotten what facts about the pandemic “we” were pretty sure […]

How nationalism blinds us

I often have conservations with people about protectionism. One common complaint I hear is that America is a free trader that plays by the rules, whereas foreign countries are protectionist and don’t play by the rules. In fact, the exact opposite is more nearly true. […]

The Biden Full Court Press Against Economic Freedom

I’ve been following economic policy closely since Richard Nixon’s assault on economic freedom with his August 15, 1971, economywide price controls. While there have been ebbs and flows in economic freedom in the fifty years since then, I have never seen anything like the full […]

Coyotes in Stanley Park: Part 2

Read Part 1 here. There have been numerous instances of people being bitten by coyotes in Stanley Park, the Jewel in the crown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation together run, own, […]

Yes, political polarization has gotten much worse

In a recent post, I discussed some reasons why political polarization has become much worse in recent years. In the comment section, I was startled to see people deny that polarization had actually become much worse. (Perhaps some commenters are too young to recall the […]

Paul Bloom on Happiness, Suffering, and the Sweet Spot

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Chris Jehn on Colin Powell on AVF versus Draft

Today I received an email from a friend, Christopher Jehn. We became friends at a party at Richard Thaler’s house in Rochester in the fall of 1977 when we learned that we were strong allies on the fight to keep the all-volunteer force (AVF) and […]

The Abused Friend of My Enemy Is My Friend

When I play Sid Meier’s Civilization, as I have thousands of times, I have an eccentric strategy. When other civilizations demand tribute – or just attack me with without provocation – I give them what they want. I sue for peace. And then, I propose […]