Arnold Kling: July 2004 Archives

Actions and Words

Before you go to battle, you have to be able to look a parent in the eye and truthfully say: ``I tried everything possible to avoid sending your son or daughter into harm's way. But we had no choice.... Read More

The Battle of the Mosque

"But the enemy is not just 'terrorism,' some generic evil. This vagueness blurs the strategy. The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is more specific. It is the threat posed by Islamist terrorism -- especially the al Qaeda... Read More

A Terrible Waste of Taxes

Student: Why is society paying me to go to graduate school in economics? Professor: Society doesn't know what the heck it's doing. This interchange, which took place in 1975 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was relayed to me... Read More

Our Coming Ideological Battles

"What then is the virtue of increasing spending on retirement and health rather than on goods? It is the virtue of providing consumers in rich countries with what they want the most...The point is that leisure-time activities (including lifelong... Read More

How Much Worse Off Are We?

"...millions of low wage American workers are earning less in real, inflation-accounted for dollars today than they earned in the 1970s." -- Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders Today, there are two Americas. One America agrees with Congressman Sanders and Senator.. Read More

The Good News About Productivity

"This story of positive structural changes in the American economy -- the very rapid growth of potential output -- is the big story about the economy during the past four years. It's important both at the macro level --... Read More

Against Wonkism

"Keep in mind that the poor are already entitled to health care under Medicaid and that the near poor often receive free health care through county or city hospitals and emergency rooms. Most proposals for extending health insurance involve... Read More

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