Quotes & Links #28

1) worthwhile.typepad.com: There are no Friedmans today, except maybe Friedman himself

Friedman had a mountain to move, and he moved it. And because he already moved it, we simply cannot have a Friedman today.

Today I asked a colleague in Political Science/Political Economy about Galbraith’s reputation as an academic, and he said it was high – in the same ballpark as Friedman’s academic reputation in economics.

I only have a few papers by Galbraith and he was not a central part in my curriculum as far as I remember. I wonder why?

2) spectator.co.uk: What Oxfam doesn’t want you to know: global capitalism means less poverty than ever

We are, right now, living through the golden age of poverty reduction. Anyone serious about tackling global poverty (and I’m afraid we have to exclude Oxfam from this category) has to accept that whatever we’re doing now, it’s working – so we should keep doing it.

The problem with organisations like Oxfam, Greenpeace and whatnot is that to achieve anything nowadays they resort to similar tactics as the organisations they fight. See also: Paul Krugman’s Chart of the Year. The chart actually explains the problem far better than anything else.

3) Wiesaussieht.de: Ist Jan Fleischhauer ein dschihadistischer Schläfer?

Für die Einführung der Vorratsdatenspeicherung mag es aus Sicht der Polizei gute Gründe geben. Es gibt aber keinen Grund zu der Annahme, dass sie nicht von Geheimdiensten als Generalklausel missbraucht werden wird, um den Generalverdacht gegen Jedermann endgültig zur Grundlage ihrer Arbeit zu machen.

Dass die Befürworter der VDS das einfach nicht verstehen können? Naja, wie Paul Krugman sagt: “Indeed, at this point it’s hard to think of a major policy dispute where facts actually do matter; it’s unshakable dogma, across the board.” In Deutschland noch nicht ganz so schlimm.

4) dailynous.com: “Raw Intellectual Talent” and Academia’s Gender and Race Gaps

More than any other discipline, philosophers place the greatest emphasis on brilliance, or innate, intellectual talent in their assessment of what is required for success in the discipline.

Alte, weiße, linke Männer? You don’t say?! ;)

5) spiked-online.com: What if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain?

6) silberzahnjones.com: Drivers of Prediction Accuracy in World Politics…Keep digging, Tetlock!
BUT, what the IARPA work and Tetlock’s experiments do not address is the root cause of surprise, which in our view is the “problem of the wrong puzzle” or in Intelligence, bad Tasking (AKA “failures of imagination,”, that phrase so beloved of the 9/11 Commission which is now often wheeled out as a deus ex machina after a surprise has occurred).

7) youtube.com: Five simple questions science CAN’T ANSWER

8) pbs.org: What’s the most fiscally responsible country in the developed world?

It’s a strange world in which policymakers can’t distinguish economic from linguistic measures of fiscal sustainability. And it’s a strange world in which Italy, the developed world’s most fiscally responsible country, has to be lectured on fiscal prudence by countries in far worse fiscal shape.

Fiscal gap sounds like an interesting concept. Will follow it.

9) tagesschau.de:”‘Pegida’ wird wohl bald untergehen”

Wahrscheinlich wird “Pegida” bald nicht mehr so sichtbar sein. Wir müssen uns aber dennoch Sorgen machen um diese weit verbreiteten Vorurteile in der Gesellschaft. Denn es hilft Demokratie ja nicht, wenn die Menschen mit ihren “Pegida”-Meinungen wieder hinter den Gardinen verschwinden.

10) iea.org.uk: Beware Oxfam’s dodgy statistics on wealth inequality

According to this methodology, the poorest 2 billion people in the world have a negative net wealth. Someone who has 50p but no assets or debts would be above the bottom 30 per cent of the world’s population.

11) TIL: Organisation de l’armée secrète

12) hurstpublishers.com: Three Dangerous Myths About the Conflict in Libya

Fiction One: This is a Two-sided Conflict
Fiction Two: The Issues are National
Fiction Three: Islamists vs Anti-Islamists

13) washingtonpost.com: The gender gap in political ambition starts at an amazingly young age

Ultimately, men and women come to have political ambition because of similar kinds of experiences. It is just that women have them less frequently, especially once they reach college age. This has quite negative implications for increasing the number of women in elective office.


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