Arnold Kling: January 2005 Archives

Take the Plus

"The president can promote the individual ownership he wants and protect the guaranteed Social Security benefits Democrats insist on with a new universal 401(k) that offers all Americans a private retirement account in addition to Social Security, and uses... Read More

The Anglosphere Challenge to the Political Left

"People who define themselves primarily as members of collective entities, whether families, religions, racial or ethnic groups, political movements, or even corporations, cannot be the basis of a civil society. Individuals must be free to dissociate themselves fro Read More

The Long and Short of Lifespan

"Unlike the cohort life table, the period life table does not represent the mortality experience of an actual birth cohort. Rather, the period life table presents what would happen to a hypothetical (or synthetic) cohort if it experienced throughout its... Read More

Krugman and DeLong on Social Security

"I figure I might as well lay down what the party line is on Social Security: ...'What party?' you ask. Ah, that *is* an interesting question... -- Brad DeLong Recently, left-leaning economists Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong have each tried... Read More

Debate and Demagoguery

"The administration floated a proposal to cut benefits to future retirees by changing the way those benefits are calculated. And these cuts are guaranteed -- whether you opt in to the Bush plan or not. Here's what the Bush... Read More

Capitalism Without Capital

"What's really amazing about the Long Tail is the sheer size of it. Combine enough nonhits on the Long Tail and you've got a market bigger than the hits. Take books: The average Barnes & Noble carries 130,000 titles. Yet... Read More

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