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The problem is often troubled families in troubled circumstances

Please read “The Epidemic of Mental Illness” and “The Illusions of Psychiatry” — the clincher (don’t worry — it’s not a “spoiler“): In view of the risks and questionable long-term effectiveness of drugs, we need to do better. Above all, … Continue reading
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Marxism in America

Paul Krugman finally wakes up (to the fact that employment doesn’t matter)! Continue reading

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Perfect Day

According to a new study, a typical woman’s perfect day consists of: Activity Perfect (mins) Average (mins) Intimate relations 106 7 Socializing 82 81 Relaxing 78 78 Eating 74 78 Meditation 73 14 Exercising 68 7 Watching TV 68 88 … Continue reading
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Undercover Agent for True Neo-Classical Economics

Paul Krugman actually wrote something about Economics! So, what is neoclassical economics? There’s a historical definition, having to do with the “marginal revolution” of the late 19th century and all that, but what I think we mean in practice is … Continue reading Continue reading

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Choices vs. Decisions: How to find a Pareto-Optimum in a Malthusian Death Trap

There is this idea that there is a difference between choices and decisions — e.g., that when we choose a color, there is no need to justify that choice; but when we decide to vote for one candidate (and not … Continue reading Continue reading

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You want your content to work everywhere

John Battelle just wrote a fascinating blog post — roughly about the economics of online magazine publications… and so here I am adverting your attention to it. He assumes: you are going to both charge a sub fee, and include … Continue reading
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Occupying the Horse’s Mouth

I haven’t watched all of this yet, but Mr. Graeber’s arguments are at least enticing enough to make you want to watch + read more. Continue reading

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Economics and Sociology: Now What?

What we really need is a change in the destructive social dynamics that brought us to this point. And I wish I knew how to do that. But my problem is obvious: I’m an economist, and it seems that we … Continue reading Continue reading

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