Thursday, August 31, 2006
From Cafe Hayek:
From Cafe Hayek:
Am in Atlanta now. The roads are wide, the houses are big, the trees are tall and I am wiping my bum instead of washing it.
On my last day (well, almost - I am actually flying tomorrow, but it would ruin the effect if I said last but one day, wouldnt it?) in India I thought I would write a post waxing eloquent about what these changes meant to me (to non-regular readers, I am off for a PhD at the Comp. Sci. dept in OSU). But now, um, I cant seem to think about anything but the possibility of my luggage exceeding the weight limits of Lufthansa. And, besides, all the happiness experts say that we regularly overestimate our future sadness, so, well, I am not so sad. Go figure :D.
Why the barmaid is an atheist. It doesnt get simpler than this.
Tyler Cowen explains the Libertarian Vice succinctly for us. (This was something that has been going on in my mind for some time now, and I am glad I didn't have to clumsily express it myself. ) Libertarians tend to treat all governments with the same broad brush of lack of incentives and lack of information - which is not very faithful to reality, because there are occasions when govts have got things done right.
Another conservative and libertarian vice is come up with some better means of helping people — usually involving markets — and if that doesn’t happen, to be content with doing nothing.(link)
The cause of classical liberalism as a really existing possibility for political reform has been harmed by bundling free markets with a ban on transfers. This package deal has influenced people who think justice requires transfers to eschew free markets. If we had spent the last forty years hammering away at liberal fundamentals like transparency and generality instead of the natural right to not be taxed, our society would now be closer to the free market, limited government ideal.
.. after reading Steve Yegge most of today. This guy got plugged twice from Joel in successive articles, so obviously he was bound to be funny and be able to tell great stories. Scroll down his page a bit and you'll see a list of articles.