Arnold Kling: October 2005 Archives

Who Pays for Health Insurance?

Robert "Steve" Miller, Delphi's chief executive...bluntly says that the social contract written after 1945 is being -- must be -- repealed because, given globalization, unskilled manual labor cannot be paid $65 an hour, with the cost passed on to consumers.... Read More

Economists Mugged by Reality

"During President Bush's first five years in office total real discretionary spending went up by 36.5 percent... Rather than attack this cancerous growth, Republicans have fed it, doling out prescription drugs to seniors, hurricane relief and bridges-to-nowhere wit Read More

Surveillance Supremacy

Editor's note: This is the final article in a series. To read Part 1 click here. To read Part 2 click here. "It was during these operations that Al Qaeda developed experience in its primary skill: evading the CIA... Read More

The Age of Radical Enhancement

Editors note: This article is the second in a series. To see the Part 1 click here.   "In 1979, a friend offered [mathematician Paul] Erds $500 if he could kick his Benzedrine habit for just a month. Erds met... Read More


"I close with an anecdote from Simon Kuznets. He used to give a one-year course in growth economics, both at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. One of the points he made was that if you wanted to find accurate forecasts of... Read More

'Economic Man' vs. 'Status Man'

"Among whites, higher grades yield higher popularity. For Blacks, higher achievement is associated with modestly higher popularity until a grade point average of 3.5, when the slope turns negative. A black student with a 4.0 has, on average, 1.5 fewer... Read More

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