Weekend Reading: Talking Points Memo Publishes a Section of Rick Perlstein's "The Invisible Bridge"
Afternoon Must-Read: Jerry Coyne: Criticizing Nicholas Wade’s Book on Race

Self-Aggregation and Curation for August 9, 2014

Sent on Aug 9, 2014 at 08:43 am http://tinyletter.com/braddelong/archive...

What I Wrote: Six things that I am proud of: First, I continued to worry the issue of how we should and how we do and how we can improve our dealing with uncertainty--and I hope to someday have something to say about emergent macro consequences of how we think about uncertainty. Second, Paul Krugman continues to need a wingman--and Larry Kotlikoff should not read too hastily about Paul and say false things, but really should focus his critical attention on people like Paul Ryan landstad to the budget channel and thus drown Larry out. Third, I try to summarize my view of the best framework for understanding the intellectual history of 20th century political economy, with a focus this week on Friederich A. von Hayek. Plus a coffee with Peter Gosselin provokes me to try to summarize my current Obamacare overview; Neil Irwin induces me to say that our big macroeconomic problems are just two, the housing credit channel and government austerity; and I note how opposition to guaranteed basic income really is based on fear of bad judgment on the part of our poor:

  1. Elementary Philosophy of Probability and the War on Nate Silver: The (Not Very) Honest Broker http://tinyurl.com/o4ocjg7 | Follow-Up Questions on the Philosophy of Probability http://tinyurl.com/ormwc3z | Sky Masterson: An Ear Full of Cider... http://tinyurl.com/oy77a5k
  2. Oh Dear. Larry Kotlikoff Fails to Read... http://tinyurl.com/nsq5oxw | Magic Asterisks in the Budget: Robert Waldmann Continues the "Civility" Discussion http://tinyurl.com/moj329r
  3. Making Sense of Friedrich A. von Hayek: Virtual Office Hours/The Honest Broker http://tinyurl.com/lm2wj46
  4. Big Thinking About ObamaCare http://tinyurl.com/o558amx
  5. Why Is Employment Today So Much Lower than We Expected Seven Years Ago? http://tinyurl.com/kjggrw8
  6. Is Living on the Dole Bad for You? http://tinyurl.com/nfkyds6

From the Archives: A good society is one in which small mistakes are not severely punished, and what if the Constitutional Convention and look forward to model not at 18th-century Britain but at the Roman Empire during the Antonine Dynasty?

  1. Economic Downturns, the Social-Darwinist Waltz, and the Navigation of the Starship Asgard http://tinyurl.com/pymbz6n
  2. The Cincinnati: An Alternate History Book I Would Pay Good Money to Read... http://tinyurl.com/klfgekw

From Others: Great historical drama a hundred years ago as Germany attacks Belgium and Britain lines up alongside France and Russia at the start of World War I. David Weigel watches the Right-Wing Slime Machine try to slime Rick Perlstein's new book, The Invisible Bridge. We see video of Senator Rand Paul trying to avoid offending either his base, human decency, or Republican powerbrokers List hinged than him. And K.T. Tunstall covers Bob Dylan "Tangled Up in Blue"...

  1. Liveblogging World War I: August 4, 1914: The Scrap of Paper http://tinyurl.com/pj32cxd
  2. Liveblogging World War I: August 3, 1914: United Kingdom Foreign Minister Edward Grey Reports to Parliament... http://tinyurl.com/q7koajx
  3. David Weigel: Rick Perlstein's Critics: The Plagiarism Dead-Enders http://tinyurl.com/ojuegcn
  4. Watch Steve King and Rand Paul!: Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas Win the Internet Today http://tinyurl.com/n6vb7bh
  5. For the Weekend...: K.T. Tunstall: Tangled Up in Blue  http://tinyurl.com/ktwv79a

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