You don't often see a full-throated libertarian rant in Slate
magazine, so it's worth pointing it out when it happens: Jack Shafer
argues for abolishing the FCC
and establishing private property rights in the broadcast spectrum.
And as long as we have one item on our libertarian wishlist, we might as
well make it four. Arnold Kling writes at TCS
of the "Big Three" items on his agenda:
Increase the proportion of children who are schooled outside of the
public school system.
Increase the proportion of health care spending that is paid for
directly by consumers.
Limit the fraction of people's lives where they collect Social
All three reforms would help decrease dependency on, and interference
of, the government in everyday people's lives.
On a more sober note, Dean Barnett notes
what he calls "the most depressing poll ever", and it's hard to disagree
with him. The question is:
Do you personally want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week
Before you look, imagine your worst nightmare about how many
people don't say "yes".
Bainbridge comments on a discussion that's gone from
Hanson to Jane Galt about
how much deference and respect to give to the opinions of college professors,
with special consideration given to those at "elite" schools. The Prof
I'm 48 years old. I spent 11 years in college and graduate school, with
the latter 7 years spent at elite institutions. I've spent 18 years
teaching at law schools ranked in the top 25, which I think safely
qualify as elite institutions. Having thus spent 60% of my life hanging
out with elite professors, I feel confident in saying that: If all I
know about a view was that professors held it more, and elite professors
even more so, I would be inclined to be skeptical of that view.
I'm (uh) slightly older than the Prof, and have hung out at fewer
elite institutions, but … what he said.
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