Ten Years and One Month Ago at Grasping Reality: August 4-7 2007

Worth Highlighting:

  • Woytinsky! http://www.bradford-delong.com/2007/08/woytinsky.html: Frivolous academic purchase of the month: W.S. and E.S. Woytinsky (1953), World Population and Production: Trends and Outlook and World Commerce and Government: Trends and Outlook_.... Maury Obsteld next door says: "Ah! Woytinsky!"... One thing that is very sad. The very last page of World Commerce and Government shows that this was a library copy: it was stamped due back into the library by Jan 13, 1956; Jan 19, 1956; Jun 11, 1956; Oct 1, 1959; Jun 11, 1973; Jul 29, 1983; Jun 01, 1992; Sep 1, 1992; Sep 1, 1995. Which library? Harvard's Littauer Library of Public Administration. This is the copy of World Commerce and Government that I checked out the summer after my first year of graduate school, and returned at the end of July 1983. Littauer Library has gotten rid of it, and I now have it. I hope it wasn't their only copy, but I don't remember seeing two...

  • Fear of Finance http://www.bradford-delong.com/2007/08/fear-of-finance.html

  • Ezra Klein on Giuliani, the Press, and the Laffer Curve http://www.bradford-delong.com/2007/08/ezra-klein-on-g.html: "Fed up with Rudy Giuliani's Laffer-baiting and with the 'uncritical stenography' of his journalistic enablers: Chris Cilizza, Michael Shear, Steven Braun, and Mike Glover..."

  • Hoover in China: Yet Another Note http://www.bradford-delong.com/2007/08/hoover-in-china.html: "The reality was expressed at the time of the swindle by Britain's charge d'affaires in Beijing, Arthur Townley. With the help of a Yankee [Hoover], he said, an Anglo-Belgian gang had 'fleeced' the Chinese, and Moreing and associates had 'made pretty pile at their expense'..."

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