URLs du Jour


  • The "inequality" issue seems to be on the upswing again. As near as I can tell, nobody's saying anything new about it. But I liked this from Coyote Blog, who looks at Kevin Drum's "stupendously ridiculous" conjecture on the source of increased inequality:
    After all, the income from economic growth has to go somewhere, and if it's not going to the middle class it's going to end up going to the rich. Where else can it go?
    and comments:
    What's bizarre about all of these statements is it [sic] treats wealth, and in this case specifically income growth, like a phenomena that is independent of individuals and their actions. They treat income growth like it is a natural spring bubbling up from the ground, and a few piggy people have staked out places by the well and take all the water before the rest of us can get any.

    Wealth and income growth comes from individual action. Most rich people are getting more rich because they are intelligently investing and taking risks with their capital, applying the output of their mind to create new wealth. There is no (none, zero, 0) economic correlation that says that if the rich get really rich, then there is less left over for the poor.

    Also worth reading on the issue are Russ Roberts at Cafe Hayek and Will Wilkinson.

  • About the Emmys: I loves me my 24, and Kiefer Sutherland is a good actor, but the Ankle-Biting Bull Dog seems to have it right:
    Now nothing against Kiefer, whom I love in the show, but if all it takes to win "Best Actor" is to yell "Chloe, THERE'S NO TIME!!!" over and over again, well, hell, I could do that.
    And (as Bull Dog also points out), it is an outrage and a travesty that Hugh Laurie wasn't nominated.

  • Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be women's studies majors.
    Women's studies courses are different. They tend to abandon rigorous analysis in favor of consciousness-raising exercises and self-exploration. One textbook explains that women's studies "consciously rejects many traditional forms of inquiry, concepts, and explanatory systems; at the same time, it is developing new and sometimes unique traditions and authorities of its own." Those "unique" traditions include providing students with "credit for social change activities or life experience, contracts of self-grading, diaries and journals, even meditation or ritual."

  • And Bill Gnade ruminates on Dubya's alleged fondness for yarns involving mammalian methane manufacture.

Last Modified 2012-10-23 1:53 PM EDT