Archive for Politics

Jeff Should Go to More Bible Sessions

One of the biggest stories this week was the Trump Administration (because Sessions said it and then Sarah Sanders endorsed the general principle without saying she knew his exact words) stance that Romans 13 justifies the policy of separating children from their parents who have entered the country illegally (and even those seeking asylum though […]

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Another Arrow in Your Quiver

Here are my class notes on Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem (thanks to Transformer for hosting the PDF). You have to be able to read formal set theory notation, but other than that there’s no prior knowledge required.

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Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem: The Statement versus Its Proof

Ah! I love this stuff. In a bout of magnanimity I went back and re-read the comments in this Potpourri post, where Keshav and I couldn’t understand why Tel kept asking certain questions about Arrow’s Theorem. (Here’s my follow up which you should also read for more context.) And now I think I get what […]

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Jonah Goldberg on EconTalk on God

Jonah Goldberg is featured in the latest EconTalk, discussing his new book Suicide of the West. It was a very pleasant interview (as these episodes usually are), but there was one thing I found very odd. Jonah and Russ made several references to God throughout the discussion. (Russ is an observant Jew; I guess I […]

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Dave Smith Interviews Bob

I was just on Dave Smith’s podcast “Part of the Problem.” We talked econ and politics, and had some laughs. Plus near the beginning, I did my dial-up modem sound effect. Note, I think Dave only has episodes available for free for a short window, so if you want to listen to this, grab it […]

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Murphy on Dave Smith’s “Part of the Problem”

This was a very enjoyable interview. Here’s the link to the “recent interviews” page; let me know if you can figure out how to link directly to my interview.  We start out talking about standard Austrian economics stuff, but then we turn to the current political scene. I think this one stood out for me […]

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A Very Interesting Public Opinion Poll

I think I first saw this linked at SlateStarCodex, so HT2 him, but this recent NPR / PBS News Hour / Marist survey of 1,125 adults from across the nation has some interesting results. First, on the question of what to do with Confederate statues, among African Americans 44% said they should “remain as a […]

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Potpourri

==> Tom Woods interviews Scott Horton on his new book about Afghanistan. ==> Brittany Hunter on the “sunk cost fallacy” vis-a-vis Afghanistan. ==> Tyler Cowen weighs in on the issue of public shaming. This was interesting: I see many people who have behaved very badly — and here I mean legally convicted criminals — but […]

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