State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

knowing when to get out of the way
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Getting Our Priorities in Order
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I, troll
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Economic Interventionism
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calling bullshit on bullshit
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Opportunity, Society, and the Role of the State
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Falsifying the Unfalsifiable
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The comments...

+ Actually, Ed, it's you who seems to be up past bedtime, as I don't see anything in Dan's comments that warrant YOUR vitriol. Personally, I [. . .]
+ Roque: In the case of Israel, the issue of terrorism and/or Islamism is definitely an existential threat, or at the very minimum is justifiably perceived as [. . .]
+ Hmmm, I'm not sure the two are as clearly linked as that. Alan's point, such as I took it, had less to do with conduct [. . .]
+ Scott: Are you working on the article I suggested to you? That would be one way to get people to start working for that change. [. . .]
+ But for many of us, including many people like myself who were directly affected by 9/11, a few years of reflection led to the [. . .]
+ Gene, I would tend to agree with you. Alan might be correct in saying that blogging doesn't currently do long form, in depth discussion well, [. . .]
Ed
+ Oh, yeah, societies evolve. Look at Rome and its implosion. That was evolution. And some species evolve to the point of extinction. [. . .]
+ [...] Protectionism Looks Like Jump to Comments Having re-read E.D. Kain’s original post on economic nationalism, I’m struck by the disconnect between his (laudable) concern [. . .]
Ed
+ Dan The content on here was pretty civil til you chirped in. I want examples in nature of two animals engaging in full blown gay [. . .]
Chris Dierkes

E.D.

Excellent. I will gladly join that donnybrook whence it commences. In the meantime I will be getting my e-fisticuffs ready for action.

Gene
+ I think the Internet can be/is many things and that it is futile to try to box it into whatever suits one's fancy. Andrew is [. . .]
Jeremy Noble
+ Amazing how effective it can be when someone presents a nugget of whoop-de-doo wisdom ("hard work is very, very, very useful stuff") and stirringly [. . .]

And yet here you are, writing about me.

I couldn't have said it better myself:
a half-baked ruminator…a simple troll…cold…arrogant…dismissive…a shrill partisan

Thanks for being so honest!

nitpicker
+ Philip, I think the point is that there are reasons beyond individual choices for the situations in which we find ourselves. A cycle of poor [. . .]
Jeff
+ Bob said: Andrew S. provides another link of questionable value, “What Was So Wrong With Renting, People?” Andrew links to a Will Wilkinson post at The [. . .]
xor
+ well gents theorize all you want but I too am unimpressed by a white educated good looking single man well parented with good boundaries and [. . .]
+ [...] a comment » Over at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, E.D. Kain has a good post on the morality and efficacy (or lack [. . .]
Dan

Make that homosexual or gay Americans, not same-sex Americans. I guess it's past my bedtime.

Dan
+ In case anyone is still here, I wonder how Ed's opinion is changing, if it is at all. He sounds like an intelligent guy who [. . .]

I'm going to start a series on protectionism very soon, so be ready for some econo-brawls in the near future....

+ [...] Jump to Comments An off-hand comment I left over at the League provoked this blast from Daniel Larison: Quite clearly, the difference is [. . .]
Victor Vacendak
+ William Shatner said it all in that Pulp song he covered: Rent a flat above a shop, cut your hair and get a job Smoke some [. . .]
juandimensional
+ I'm surprised that in this entire thread, no one has brought up immigration. Poor people want to come here for a reason. While [. . .]
JB
+ I have an observation and a question: Noting that the Gini coefficient has gone up in the past x years does not mean that the poorest [. . .]
shecky
+ A single black mother from Hartford with two children, no high school diploma, an alcohol addiction and no background of being properly parented is going [. . .]
Take the KASH

Freddie, two words - situational ethics.

Take the KASH
+ Will, you write, "It’s interesting you use Gaza as an example, because the central point of many of Israel’s critics is that intent is a [. . .]
JB
+ GradStudent: your calculus leaves aside the (distortionary) taxes the representative full-time Walmart employee would have to cough up to fund further smoothing of the [. . .]
GradStudent
+ What Ehrenreich might mention, actually, is that paid trainings or not, the average Wal-Mart employee makes $10/hour, according to the company’s CEO. Hmm, let [. . .]
+ Sullivan can be a bright perceptive guy when he's not in thrall to his Big Daddy ideology. He's been cackling over the antiquity of print [. . .]
+ It's interesting you use Gaza as an example, because the central point of many of Israel's critics is that intent is a lot less important [. . .]
Cascadian
+ I'm in favor of protectionism. I think that a healthy economy is one that does more than maximize it's best product. Engineering is [. . .]
JB
+ dominic: yes, indeed $10 is a fair share given that there are more bodies than spots at that wage. Economics really is that [. . .]
raft
+ points well taken. One possible response: we interact with different kinds of people on the internet that we wouldn't normally know IRL. I'm not convinced [. . .]
Take the KASH
+ The main thrust of E.D.'s post seems to hing on the rightness of collective punishment as a foreign policy tool. I'm with E.D. on [. . .]
Tim Harris
+ Oy vey. People who hop evasively between the literal and the metaphorical without even realising what they are doing. In at least one great religion [. . .]
E.D. Kain
+ Will-- If you oppose punitive tariffs because they hurt foreign populations, shouldn’t you oppose protective tariffs for the exact same reason? No, because the one bolsters [. . .]
+ I don't think anyone is arguing the status quo is entirely free of trade restrictions. My point is simply that domestic protectionism - whether the [. . .]
+ I don't think anyone is saying that there aren't a bunch of protectionist trade restrictions around the globe, only that we don't think those restrictions [. . .]
Jerry
+ The discussion so far tacitly assumes that alcoholism, personality "defects," mental illness, etc., are somehow chosen by the individual, affect only the individual, and can [. . .]
+ There's an issue not even being addressed here. Wal-Mart makes a TON of money. How much of that money is being generated by [. . .]
at all costs

awww... poor people have it tough. Who cares? the world is overpopulated anyhow.

E.D. Kain
+ Actually, trade restrictions exist in abundance all across the globe. The notion that there is actually a restriction-free global economy is simply not true. [. . .]
+ Trade restrictions have the exact same effect on foreign populations regardless of your preferred political justification. So what's the substantive difference between vindictiveness and economic [. . .]
Philip Primeau
+ I'm not trolling (I think Freddie, etc. know that much), and I'm not coming from the right, left, center, whatever. I'm coming from a long [. . .]
+ Will: I totally understand. This subject is probably the single most maddening subject for me to get a hold of, if only because [. . .]