Why do people play games that they know are unfair?
Sam Bowman of the UK’s Adam Smith Institute writes what he calls “a neoliberal case for a basic income.” Despite his loathing for the term neoliberal, Jason Kuznicki embraces this case and builds upon it, with reference to Levy and Hayek.
Let’s spin some tracks tonight, shall we?
It remains for Canadians to decide what Canadians can afford, but it does somewhat beggar belief that the Canadian system of single-payer healthcare will sink or swim on this particular margin.
M.G. Oprea doesn’t like the way you talk.
A look at progressives’ unexpected bad hair day.
Does gun culture produce American militarism?
It’s the humane thing to do. And will terrify all the right people.
A dialogue for Armistice Day.
In which Jason returns to OT, and ponders the State of Blogging.
This is just a short note to the Ordinary Times community: I’ve started a new blog called Clown Town. It will be my main nonprofessional outlet from now on. Again and again, I’ve found myself not posting at OT for two reasons: First, I wanted to write about things I thought were very unlikely to…
Just how close do I get to religion? Let me tell you.
This is part two of an ongoing series. Part one can be found here. I’ve been accused of failure: I haven’t offended. For which I’m sorry, I guess. I’ll try to do better here. My first post outlined the foundations of my religious skepticism. Which explanation is more probable, I asked: That witnesses and chroniclers…
I will be offensive. If it’s any consolation, I suspect that we all are, hereabouts.
In which Jason offers to bet on the future of Soylent, the product that promises to “liberate your body” … from food.
At this month’s Cato Unbound, we’re talking about school choice, markets, and democracy – with none other than the League’s own Conor Williams.
Prison isn’t just our favorite punishment. It’s also how our justice system determines the truth.
When does politics trump science? Whenever it wants to. That’s a problem with modern politics in general, and — at least in part — we owe it to the malign influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
This is your War on Drugs.
It’s far from a perfect measure, but it’s better than what we had before. How’s your state doing?
In a society with a strong central state, you may be treated as an individual. Under the rule of the clan, you’ll get questions like: “Who are your parents?”
Same-sex marriage might mean fewer babies. But how many fewer? It’s actually very hard to tell.
When you’re straight, you’re often told what romantic love is: Parents. Friends. Songs. TV. Movies.
This is a lot more useful than most straight people seem to realize.
Early that morning, a tiny, not terribly bright idea got lodged in Frank’s head. It happens quite often to the soft-headed. And, unfortunately, Frank was feeling ambitious.
Some public policy implications of bar fight litigation.
“I actually like privatization,” said the Capitalist. “How can you not?”
“I like privatization too,” said the Cynic.
Bitcoin’s value has been driven almost entirely by speculation, and I have the graphs to prove it. (Updated, now with another graph!)
On Twitter I was asked to post this recipe, so here it is. It’s among my favorite beers ever, and it’s only available (so far) on tap at our domestic basement bar.
“Older people can sometimes lose their reflexes,” said Mrs. Niece. “And their coordination. I mean, maybe you haven’t, but they do need to check.”
In which manure explains the unholy alliance between big government and big corporations.
Representative Trey Radel (R-FL) pleaded guilty this morning to cocaine possession. As Radel recently voted to drug test all food stamp recipients, the temptation is strong simply to smile and declare that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. That would be wrong, not only because tu quoque is wrong, but because two wrongs…
“Changing the words of Naram-Sin, the living god, is treason, because he is the king. But changing the words of Gudea, simple governor of Lagaš, is unjust, because he made things work right.” — Wikipedia, in fine lapidary form.
Start slow, with Bear in Heaven’s “Werewolf.” I think it’s gorgeous: Next up, TV on the Radio, “Wolf Like Me.” It’s probably my favorite song about lycanthropy: And, as Chuck Berry would put it, we must do our alma mater: Followed by a pair of tendentious links. Because what’s a Friday night without a drunken…
Jason Kuznicki looks at rational ignorance in the voting booth.
Just a quick note: I’ve got a long thing over at the Umlaut today. Feel free to comment there, rather than here.
The phrase “driverless car” is clunky and imprecise. See that parking lot? Those are driverless cars. Ugh. Call them autonomes instead.