– Is high IQ self-defeating?
– How to respond when someone says that people have always been complaining about the decline of society.
– All this Koch v. Cato stuff just shows that – as is so often the case – Rothbard was right.
– Borepatch points to a study showing that people can’t govern themselves. He doesn’t like the conclusion, but I do. There are a few neighborhoods in DC (let alone the whole city of Detriot) that he’s welcome to walk through if he’d like evidence other than a scientific study.
– Economists lie more.
– Fact of the day: "only 7.5 percent of U.S. patent holders are women."
– Here’s an entire post from Yglesias written in coded language. He’s trying to say that liquor stores are switching from selling single 40oz cans of malt liquor to black people to selling small batch bourbon and offering wine tastings to white people. It’s not a complicated phenomenon if you explain in normal language.
She closed a lot of subsidized coal mines, steelworks, shipyards, and car factories. But at least they provided work for male heads of families.
Britain today still has a vast state-employment sector, but it consists of hospitals, local government, and education establishments. There are legions of homophobia monitors and contraceptive outreach workers—not wholly frivolous examples of real posts, often with large salaries, sustained by public money. Just beneath that is a gigantic welfare state that absorbs the entire annual product of the national income tax. Currently the country is convulsed in debate as to whether it is right or just to set an upper limit on welfare payments of roughly $40,000 a year per household, the equivalent of rather more than $50,000 a year in taxable earned income.
Meanwhile in the areas where the coalminers and steelworkers once toiled, gaunt young men who have never worked and never will work smoke marijuana or inject heroin untroubled by an emasculated police force, and their sisters have babies outside wedlock, adding to the enormous number of fatherless families dependent on state handouts for their narrow lives.