A veces se imaginaban de viejos…

Era guapísima, pensó. La mujer más guapa del mundo. Un vestido negro, escotado por detrás, el pelo recogido en la nuca. Unos ojos grandes e inteligentes que lo miraron de esa manera singular con que miran algunas mujeres, como si se pasearan por dentro de ti, escudriñándote cada rincón, y esa certeza te erizara la […]

Obama vs. Palin

If you have a graduate degree, then Obama, even though he’s black and you may be white, is nevertheless more “your people” than Sarah Palin is.1 It takes about thiry seconds walking around the Princeton Graduate College to see this proven unequivocally. Half Sigma : David Frum mentions eugenics↩

Would God Buy that Stock?

Yes, America, you’ve come to this: an article on MSN Money entitled, “Would God Buy that Stock?”. The article does, though, provide some interesting examples of how capitalism provides the members of society with the tools to enforce their choices on others without recourse to governmental decree.

Orwell on Gibraltar

For the past few weeks I’ve been reading George Orwell’s journals, which are being posted here as if they were the entries of a blog. Generally, I’ve been disappointed: Orwell’s fascination with details leads to short entries that, by and large, only contain his descriptions of mundane objects like the farm animals he had encountered […]

G.K. Chesterton

After spending more than two years on the list of authors I want to explore, I’ve finally begun reading G. K. Chesterton’s “The Man Who Was Thursday.” There is a brilliant passage at the start that I plan to quote in the future, but for now I thought I should quote this wonderful aphorism of […]

Heavy Metal in the Islamic World

Here is an absolutely amazing article on heavy metal bands in the Islamic world.

Media Bias in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal

A recent post on the Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science blog provides an especially clear example of media bias: the New York Times uses an article recently published in Science to support the traditionally liberal view of gender differences as created by social injustices, while the Wall Street Journal uses the same research […]

The Watchmen and Jeremy Bentham

I was delighted to find out today that Bryan Caplan thinks, just as I have for many years now, that The Watchmen is the Best… Utilitarian Parable… Ever.1 Bryan Caplan : EconLog : Why Read the Watchmen?↩

Fannie and Freddie

Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin.1 Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr. : New York Post : Treasury’s Thieves↩

Another Reason to Love the Internet

The Internet helps prosecutors argue for stricter sentences for people with no scruples.