Arnold Kling: May 2006 Archives

Limits to Math?

"at the end of 1985 it was clear only that [1995 Nobel laureate Robert] Lucas had picked a fight with [1987 Nobel laureate Robert] Solow...At that point perhaps only [potential Nobel laureate] Paul Romer thoroughly understood that his old teacher... Read More

The Family vs. the State

"It is intelligible to say 'I love Mother Teresa' or 'I love Madonna.' It is possible to sincerely wish them well. It is even possible and intelligible to say, 'I love the poor.' I can sincerely will that the individual... Read More

The Real Enemy

"The American left is where the American far right was in the 1950s -- besotted with anger, boiling in conspiracy theories." -- Austin Bay "Enemy sighted, enemy met, I'm addressing the realpolitik" -- R.E.M., Exhuming McCarthy Most of America is... Read More

The Future of Health Care Policy

I have eagerly awaited the publication of Crisis of Abundance: Re-thinking How We Pay for Health Care, which is the subject of this essay. However, since I am the author, this does not count as a book review. Call it... Read More

Group Power

The economic basis of associational government is joint action. A group engaged in any common activity -- whether production, trade, or predation -- will organize itself for joint action whenever it is advantageous to do so. Unlike predatory government,... Read More

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