State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Opportunity, Society, and the Role of the State
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calling bullshit on bullshit
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I, troll
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Economic Interventionism
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Falsifying the Unfalsifiable
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Getting Our Priorities in Order
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Stimulation After (Economic) Climax
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the grad trap
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Idealism with a Sword
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Snow in Arizona
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The comments...

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 [. . .]
+ Freddie, I have to echo what Onyx Mousse says above, even though it means addressing someone as "Onyx Mousse." The commenter Philip is obviously arguing an [. . .]
An Onyx Mousse
+ Freddie et al.: So Charles Murray once proposed a thought experiment: what if we canceled every aspect of the social welfare state (all [. . .]
+ It's tough to thread the needle on this one, Mark, as most interventionists are pretty adept at paying lip service to the need for exit [. . .]
+ I of course disagree with you on issues of trade protectionism thanks to the small part of my background that has a basis in economics. One [. . .]
Chris Dierkes

Freddie,

I was half-joking. I was thinking of ur legendary comment threads over at McArdle's.

JB
+ Um, I think you guys might be missing the (lack of) forest for the (lack of) trees. I mean, suppose that there is some [. . .]

[...] raises an interesting point: Finally, I’d put an end to the concept of economic or diplomatic sanctions [...]

Matthias
+ "I am not stupid enough to believe that work ethic or intelligence are completely unrelated to individual success, but we see again and again how [. . .]
AEP
+ Having never commented here before, I am hesitant to make broad assertions, but I wonder if Philip is not trolling. While reasonably articulate in [. . .]
+ Well, this is distressing -- from a Nature news article in 2004: "US graduate programmes, especially in life sciences, have grown excruciatingly long in recent [. . .]
+ [...] The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (via Andrew Sullivan): If these guys put on their poor costumes and use their good old fashioned elbow grease [. . .]
+ Didn't mean to mention it as an average, just as ballpark figure for someone who is doing his or her PhD fulltime and nothing else. [. . .]
+ Philip-- Now then, why do many people, after a couple hard laps on the track, slow to a walk, clutching their stomachs and gasping loudly, [. . .]
scriblerus

You mention 6.5 years as the average time to completion but in the humanities it's closer to 10.

Philip Primeau
+ "lots and lots of not-successful people do keep moving, and remain not-successful through no fault of their own" It's not about moving, it's about excelling in [. . .]

[...] to E.D.’s post last week, Roque Nuevo wrote: “the world generally” agrees that national sovereignty, [...]

James Williams
+ "Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” What Phil seems for some [. . .]
Joseph
+ Like Freddie in his post and many of BB's commenters, the fact the the guy who did this "experiment" was white and male and [. . .]
mutterhals

There is no such thing as an evangelical atheist. Nice try.

+ My daughter is 20 months old and the first time she went out in the snow she fell in it face-first, and has had a [. . .]
Philip Primeau
+ There's been an insane amount of snowfall here this year. Granted, New England isn't Arizona, but in these southern parts, we're not used to day [. . .]
Chris Dierkes
+ Bob, Nice comment. Yeah reading back on it, serious is too strong a word. There's potential I suppose but that makes it sound more [. . .]
Bob
+ This possible populist "backlash" you mention I find very interesting. To refresh memories you wrote, "Pigging backing on ED’s point about the loss of [. . .]
 
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