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Moral responsibility

Tyler Cowen recently linked to an excellent post by Agnes Callard, on progress in philosophy. At one point she makes this offhand remark: In philosophy proper--which is to say, that by reference to which the progress of philosophy ought to be judged--there is nothing "we" think. Some of us believe there are true contradictions. Some of us believe that possible worlds are real. Some of us believe that,...

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Robert Poole on Airline Deregulation

Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation has written an outstanding article on airline deregulation. He gives a nice history of the issue, filled with lots of facts about the effects of deregulation and about where we need to go next: pricing landings better and following countries like Canada in getting rid of our antiquated socialist (pardon the redundancy) system of air traffic control. Bob, by the way, wrote a...

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Remember Your Goal

A few months ago, various people, presumably in response to Jordan Peterson's book, came up with their 12 rules for living. I could do the same, but instead my co-author Charley Hooper and I wrote a whole book on it: Making Great Decisions in Business and Life. So rather than give some of the main points from that book, I'll give a rule that I see frequently broken. It's one that if people followed, they...

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An Extreme Case of Ignorance or Something Else?

by Pierre LemieuxIf half the American car markets is now supplied by foreign factories, it is obviously because the latter have a comparative advantage in the lines of vehicles they are selling to Americans. The destruction of this comparative advantage would mean higher costs and higher prices. The Commerce Department will study imposing a tariff of as much as 25% on foreign-manufactured cars in the name...

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Hear Rob Wiblin

If you haven't already heard of Rob Wiblin of 80,000 Hours, you should.  He's brilliant, charismatic, inspiring, sobering, enthusiastic, realistic, knowledgeable, open-minded, clear-headed, engaging, curious, funny, earnest, forthright, fair, and pleasantly quixotic.  Perhaps bashful as well.  When he's not crusading for Effective Altruism, Rob's conducting some of the most in-depth and well-prepared...

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Richard Pipes on why he left Washington

Richard Pipes left us last week, at age 95. He was an immensely accomplished historian, who devoted a lifetime to study and understand Russia and the Soviet system. In 2015 he was awarded the Bruno Leoni Prize in Milan and I had the chance to spend a couple of days with him and his wonderful wife Irene. They were both Polish; they met at a party as kids casually, and they would meet again and marry in the US....

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Cash for bonds

In a recent podcast, David Beckworth interviews David Andolfatto of the St. Louis Fed. At one point they were discussing an Andolfatto post that suggested inflation can be modeled by looking at the supply and demand for money. (A post criticized by Paul Krugman.) David Beckworth asked Andolfatto about comment left by someone called "Traditionalist". Here is the comment: I see that Krugman has linked to...

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CAFE for Jobs

by Thomas Firey Hohmann and Ryan should be congratulated: in tying jobs to government-imposed automobile fuel mileage standards...they offer an even worse justification for CAFE than the ones policymakers usually provide. Washington Post national political correspondent James Hohmann offers this example of how President Trump's policies are hurting "his" voters:General Motors is cutting its second shift at...

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Douglas Irwin on Trump’s Views on Trade

On Monday I attended an outstanding talk at the Hoover Institution given by Dartmouth University economics professor Doug Irwin. He hit some highlights of his recent book, Clashing Over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy, and also talked at some length about President Trump's views on trade. Although Doug was, not surprisingly, critical of Trump, he didn't take any cheap shots. Rather, he, using...

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The Education System: More Dysfunctional Than I Thought

When Alex Tabarrok effusively praised my interview with Effective Altruist Rob Wiblin of 80,000 Hours, I got a little nervous.  Me:And again, Washington state from what I understand, now allows kids to use a computer language in place of foreign language.Why nervous?  Because I've mentioned Washington's foreign language policy in several interviews, but never verified my claim.  When I write, I check any fact...

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