Arnold Kling: May 2003 Archives

The Statism Trap

"...being a modern country, Japan has not allowed its banks to fail." --Paul Krugman, Sept. 30, 2001"The Japanese Government agreed at the weekend to use taxpayers' money to shore up the nation's fifth-biggest bank after executives said its capital had... Read More

Failing the Test

Many conservative education reformers, including President Bush, advocate the use of standardized testing as a tool for evaluating school performance. My knee-jerk liberal friends oppose it. The teachers' unions oppose it. Ordinarily, this line-up of supporters an Read More

Celebrate Diversity

Every so often, someone on the left will fulminate, "Do you realize that the United States is the only major industrial country without national health care?" And I think to myself, "Ahh, diversity! Isn't it something to treasure?" In fact,... Read More

Survey Says!?

When I teach high school statistics, I try to warn my students to be skeptical of survey results. The example that I use is what I call the omniscient voyeur. Newspapers and magazines love to report sex surveys. With a... Read More

Marx's Nightmare

Frequent TCS contributor and fellow economist James Miller has written an unfortunate screed on the topic of file-sharing. He takes the view that a recent court ruling has made it more difficult to stop consumers from trading music files.... Read More

Would Keynes Change His Mind?

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a... Read More

Moore vs. Plato

"The intellectual is no longer a man without a country. But he may be a man without a future. And if he is not in league with the future, can he be right?"--Merle Kling Almost 50 years ago, in the... Read More

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