Author: James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

Associate Dean of Eureka Moments

I wish I was making up that title, but that is the advertisement for a new position at the University of Bristol. I can’t help but think of the job position as “Manager of...

Legal Creep

Cafe Hayek’s Don Boudreaux has an interesting quote from a 1905 work on English law

Tanya Cohen redux

When I referenced a Thoughtcatalogue essay by Tanya Cohen in my recent post, a number of people suggested the essay was a hoax. It was so poorly written and hyperbolic that this certainly seemed...

A Physical Conundrum

I have a tank full of water. I have a fire below the tank. But I have no hot water. My hvac guy is as mystified as I.

Run, Mitt, Run!

Mitt Romney is considering running again in 2016. Herewith a little history lesson. Three men have lost their first election as their party’s presidential nominee, then gone on to get their party’s nomination again:*#...


It’s amateur hour at the American Political Science Association.

On Public Transit

Hernando de Soto’s The Other Path illustrates how private transit services served the public’s needs and turned a profit.

High Heels

Presented without comment. Gueguen’s study had 19-year-old female volunteers wearing black shoes with heels that were 0.5cm (0.2 inches) or 5cm (2 inches) or 9cm (3 1/2 inches) high. Then they asked men between...

Crisis in Norstrand

James Hanley updates you on the international political conflict in Norstrand.

How to Spend $100

Hanley takes a mini-road trip with the kids, and a great time is had by all.

Defining Bonkers

James Hanley doubts the argument against subsidies for federal health care exchanges is bonkers.

Your Name in Bands

Just for kicks. My wife stumbled across this last night–the challenge is to spell your name in bands (without cheating and looking them up). Here’s me: Jazz Butcher