Arnold Kling: March 2004 Archives

The Constitution of Surveillance

"What was different in the 20th century? Certainly, the technologies underlying the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) - nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) - were powerful, and the weapons an enormous threat. But building nuclear weapons required, at least... Read More

Nurturance and Terrorism

"We must be the change we want! "The foreign policy of moral norms is the only sane foreign policy. In the idea of responsibility for oneself, it remains practical. But through empathy and other forms of responsibility (protection, care,... Read More

Zero-Sum Bioethics

"The problem [with biotechnology] is not the drift to mechanism but the drive to mastery. And what the drive to mastery misses and may even destroy is an appreciation of the gifted character of human powers and achievements." --... Read More

The Case of the Employment Forecast

"Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "The dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.... Read More

Red Sox Technologies

"...skepticism about micropayments is based not on general qualms about the spread of new technology but rather on economics, psychology, and marketing...customers' usage drops dramatically when there is even a tiny payment...consumers are willing to pay more for Read More

Economists and their Inquisitors

Bellarmine then compelled Galileo, "in the name of His Holiness the Pope and the whole Congregation of the Holy Office, to relinquish altogether the opinion that the sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the... Read More

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