Newsletter 853

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Best of the Moment

Hayek, Friedman, And The Illusions of Conservative Economics

Robert Solow | New Republic | 16 November 2012

Long review-essay pegged to Angus Burgin's book "The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression". Solow sees Hayek as the deeper and more pragmatic thinker; Friedman as a step back, more brittle and dogmatic Comments (

Berlin In The Golden Twenties

Mathias Schreiber | Siegel | 23 November 2012

Brilliant era for the arts: Bauhaus, Grosz, Dix, Brecht, Musil, Hindemith. High society flourished between 1923 hyperinflation and 1929 crash. Then came the Nazis. "The arts blossomed like a meadow just before being mowed" Comments (

Question Of Identity

Simon Kuper | FT | 23 November 2012

"Today’s secessionist movements don’t betoken the rise of nationalism in Europe. They betoken almost the exact opposite: the waning of the nation-state. We ditch old redundant nation-states to create new redundant nation-states" Comments (

The Monumental Folly Of Rent-Seeking

John Kay | John Kay/FT | 21 November 2012

Like many visitors to India, John Kay visited the Taj Mahal. Unlike many visitors, he asked economic questions. Shah Jahan built a beautiful building; his court also epitomised the rent-seeking that afflicts Western economies today Comments (

Good Gas, Bad Gas

Marianne Lavelle | National Geographic | 16 November 2012

Methane. "Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet." Arctic methane could add a lot to global warming. Is there any way of capturing it? Comments (

Is It Acceptable to Have Children?

Choire Sicha and Ken Layne | Awl | 21 November 2012

Conversation. "There's the wholly personal reasons, the wanting to be part of a blood-relation community, the semi-belief that there is good in that, even when you're wondering about the legality of selling your kids on eBay" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Steven Amsterdam on Worry

The author tells us about books that have anxiety at their heart, ranging from obsessional love and chronic neurosis to conspiracy theory paranoia and existential angst Read on (


Air Travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many, flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen. And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11  Read on (

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Violence  by James Gilligan

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"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper"

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