1. Megan McArdle speculate brilliantly on what factors are responsible for shitty personal finance. Universal, and a must read.
2. “Love is not enough.”
4. Eugene Volokh wins the cultural appropriation debate. Extended analysis here.
5. Why poor people buy status symbols. Speculative but interesting.
2. On Kryptonite.
3. Does a strong welfare state lead to more gay-friendly policies? Tenuous but interesting.
1. The mandarin problem. Not yet present in India, but…
3. This essay represents the zenith of cultural ludditism. Rebutting is beneath me. I’ve done so anyway.
4. Weirdly, men will admit to rape if it isn’t called rape. A nice condensation of studies on self-reported undetected rapists (!).
1. Robert Contrell, curator of The Browser, on internet journalism. Self-recommending. “Businessmen and politicians make the worst bloggers because they do not like to tell what they know, and telling what you know is the essence of blogging well.”
2. Bryan Caplan’s path to open borders. Very good intellectual biography.
” Until the cooking pot was invented, no one who had lost all their teeth would survive into adulthood. There are no traces of edentulous — toothless — skeletons in any population without pottery. Pots made it possible for the first time to cook nourishing stew-like meals that required no chewing but could, rather, be drunk. So having teeth was no longer necessary for survival.”
4. What anti-corruption agencies need to succeed. “You need a high degree of mistrust, put into nice words like risk management.”
5. Culture vouchers in Brazil (HT: Marginal Revolution)