Cullen Murphy | Atlantic | 10 January 2012
Today's torture and interrogation techniques are remarkably similar to those
of the medieval Inquisition. Except Bush administration's threshold for when
an act of torture begins is point at which Inquisition said it must stop
This Is Generation Flux
Robert Safian | Fast Company | 9 January 2012
Outstanding piece on pioneers of chaotic disruption in business. "What
defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates –
and even enjoys – recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions"
Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?
Vinod Khosla | TechCrunch | 10 January 2012
Silicon Valley legend bets on algorithms: "I doubt very much if within 15
years I won’t be able to ask Siri’s great great grandchild for an opinion
far more accurate than the one I get today from the average physician."
Here's why Comments
Let's Talk About The Market Economy
John Kay | John Kay | 11 January 2012
Short, useful lesson in economic history. When we talk about capitalism
today what we often mean is the market economy. The two are not the same.
It's no longer about owning the means of production and exchange
The Autumn Of Joan Didion
Caitlin Flanagan | Atlantic | 10 January 2012
Lovely essay on life, works of the popular author. "Didion’s genius is that
she understands what it is to be a girl on the cusp of womanhood, in that
fragile, fleeting, emotional time that she explored in a way no one else
ever has" Comments
Ricky Gervais Would Like To Non-Apologize
Dave Itzkoff | NYT | 11 January 2012
Smart, funny, belligerent, paranoid. And winningly rude, as at the Golden
Globes. "He has become the entertainment industry’s favorite irreverent
person, because he manages to be irreverent in such a deeply reverent way"
Peter Boettke on Austrian Economics
The professor of economics discusses the contributions made by the Austrian
School. He introduces recent books by Austrians, explains what we can learn
from Mises and Hayek, and argues that economics is the sexiest subject
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Alan Bennett, on himself
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