ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT

Shaky giants

Tim Worstall on capx.co: “Therein lies the crucial truth about all monopolies – or at least those that aren’t created by legislation. They all, without exception, eventually get destroyed by advancing technology. ”


DEBATE, HISTORY

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Douglas Murray on blogs.spectator.co.uk: “Just one of Christopher Hitchens’ talents would have been enough for most people. In him those talents — like his passions — all melded into each other: as speaker, writer and thinker.”


SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE

On first sight

Eric Barker on bakadesuyo.com: “Here are the things you can tell just by looking at someone. Areas of discovery range from personality to job performance to political preference.”


GOVERNMENT, CORRUPTION

Mind boggling numbers

Mark Skidmore , Andy Henion on msutoday.msu.edu: “Earlier this year, an MSU economist and his team found $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development.”


SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE

Easily forgotten

Stephen T. Asma on quillette.com: “There’s nothing particularly surprising or even interesting about such failures of memory. Our memories are deeply fallible and highly suggestible.”


ECONOMICS, POLITICS

“Captured Economy”

Russ Roberts on econtalk.org: “Brink Lindsey of the Niskanen Center and Steven Teles of the Niskanen Center and Johns Hopkins University talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about their book, The Captured Economy.”


DRUGS, CRIME

Nordic chill

Rebecca Flood on independent.co.uk: “Norway is to become the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs as it focuses on treatment rather than punishment.”


PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE, RUSSIA

Gotcha

James Devitt-NYU on futurity.org: “…a first step to understanding what Russian bots are doing is to be able to identify them.”


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