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Glenn Loury

Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University. He got his PhD in Economics from MIT in 1976. By 1983, he had two QJEs, one REStud, one AER, and one Econometrica. Yep. These … Continue reading

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On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder

Post-truth is pre-fascism (Timothy Snyder) Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty (Wendell Phillips) Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale and, in 2017, he published On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The timing of the … Continue reading

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Universal Basic Income

Andrew Yang is a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election that has a key policy proposal: a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month for every American. I have not precisely been a supporter of this kind of … Continue reading

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Why Orwel Matters, by Christopher Hitchens

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind (George Orwell in Politics and the English Language). And the more one is conscious of one’s political bias … Continue reading

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HATE, by Nadine Strossen

This one is long overdue—I finished it months ago. I bought this book, “Hate: Why we should resist it with free speech, not censorship”, by Nadine Strossen, to talk about free speech with some friends in a podcast. We never … Continue reading

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Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism

I have recently found myself reading some of the greatest British thinkers and writers of the 20th century. Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy looks at me every time I sit on my desk—I am still in the pre-Socratics. Christopher … Continue reading

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