July 2015

Be Germanicus

From Eusebius’ The History of the Church: Special mention is made of the noble Germanicus, who by divine grace overcame his natural physical fear of death. The proconsul tried to dissuade him, stressing his youth and begging him as one still in the very prime of life to spare himself, but without a moment’s hesitation he […]

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Cool interchanges and great movies

Here’s a cool Politico piece featuring aerial photos of some of the world’s largest highway interchanges. I hoped to find the Springfield Interchange on this list—one of the highlights of my otherwise-boring morning commute—but to no avail. It serves about 430,000 cars per day, which I guess isn’t enough to earn a spot on this list. […]

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Within limits

From Ludwig von Mises: Science does not give us absolute and final certainty. It only gives us assurance within the limits of our mental abilities and the prevailing state of scientific thought. A scientific system is but one station in an endlessly progressing search for knowledge. It is necessarily affected by the insufficiency inherent in […]

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Can climate change be good?

Dr. Ivar Giaever has the same thought I’ve had for years. What is the optimum temperature for the earth? Is that the temperature we have right now? That would be a miracle! Maybe it’s two degrees warmer. Two degrees colder. But no one has told me what the optimum temperature is for the whole earth. […]

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Why Mises admired Freud

An interesting little note from Jeffrey Tucker in The Freeman: It makes sense if you think about it. Mises was the great champion of subjectivist economic theory, with its radical observation that the whole shape of the world of economics is ultimately traceable to values residing in human minds. Freud did the same for the […]

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Groupish, not selfish

From Jonathan Haidt (made known to me by a friend’s Facebook post): Despite what you might have learned in Economics 101, people aren’t always strictly selfish. In politics, they’re more often groupish. When people feel that a group they value — be it racial, religious, regional or ideological — is under attack, they rally to […]

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Trump’s secret plan

From the genius mind of Jeffrey Tucker: Because Trump is the only one who speaks this way, he can count on support from the darkest elements of American life. He doesn’t need to actually advocate racial homogeneity, call for a whites-only sign to be hung at immigration control, or push for expulsion or extermination of […]

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Musings on innovation

Musings on innovation from Mark P. Mills: It’s not that disruption (possibly the second most over-used tech word, after “awesome”) isn’t wired into Silicon Valley’s ecosystem. But foundational economic and social transformations don’t come from making products to compete with cab or power companies; they come from basic research that radically advances our understanding of—and […]

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Too much debt

From this great Blackstone piece: The whole world is suffering from too much debt.  As a result, growth almost everywhere is going to be slow.  I know you believe the problem is insufficient demand, but the major industrialized countries already have considerable debt and do not want to add any more to it to stimulate […]

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Motivational Mises

From Human Action: He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny. But acting man chooses, determines, and tries to reach an end. Are you an acting man? (Yes, yes, I know Mises’ point is that we are all “acting men.” […]

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