Arnold Kling: January 2006 Archives

Stuck on 1968

"Worldviews are more a mental security blanket than a serious effort to understand the world." -- Bryan Caplan, The Logic of Collective Belief Most people who were liberals in 1968 still are. Liberals. In 1968. Recently, economist Jim Miller used... Read More

The Diabetes Legend

"Insurers, for example, will often refuse to pay $150 for a diabetic to see a podiatrist, who can help prevent foot ailments associated with the disease. Nearly all of them, though, cover amputations, which typically cost more than $30,000." --... Read More

Folk Beliefs Have Consequences

"the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute" -- Maureen Dowd, the New York Times Maureen Dowd's statement is Marxist. No, she did not advocate revolution by the proletariat. She did not say that we... Read More

How Thinkers Influence Us

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite... Read More

Liberals Should Know Better

This is the first of a series of essays written for liberals by a libertarian/conservative. That is, I would like liberals to read it, knowing that you will be inclined to disagree. Most of my friends are liberals. This series... Read More

Kuttner v. Friedman; Hamlet Without the Prince

"A signature Friedman debating technique is to disclaim knowledge when conversation moves into an area where the facts are at odds with his theories." -- Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect If you want to read the debate between Robert Kuttner... Read More

The Materialism Fallacy

"most of a country's wealth is captured by what we term intangible capital...Intangible assets include the skills and know-how embodied in the labor force. The category also includes social capital, that is, the trust among people in a society and... Read More

Reviving Political Economy

"One day late in April 1986, Committee Chairman Bob Packwood announced a miraculous conversion to the cause of tax reform...Within weeks, the Senate had approved a tax bill that was stunning in its boldness and fealty to the principles of... Read More

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