Daniel Dafinoiu

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My Moonshot to Overthrow Neoclassical Economics

My personal moonshot is that I wish to be a leader in overthrowing neoclassical economics. A better approach would focus on mental-cultural factors …

Iran, the Hollow Hegemon

Iran can be a spoiler in the Middle East, but not a hegemon. To argue otherwise, as Israeli and Arab leaders are wont to do, merely makes more likely …

Middle East

Huemer on Ultra-Ineffective Altruism, by Bryan Caplan

Mike Huemer, my favorite philosopher, has two great pieces on a recent $75M donation to the Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department. They deserve a wider …

Philosophy

China’s Great City Rivalries

In recent years, as China’s economy has become increasingly reliant on high-tech and modern service industries, jobs and growth have become …

China

Europe’s eastern tigers roar ahead

BUDAPEST — Forget the politics for a moment — check out the economics.<p>Central and Eastern EU members are in Brussels’ bad books over democratic and …

How Forcing Functions Increase Productivity

Niagara Falls has a magnetic pull for both curious tourists and daredevils alike. The swift Niagara River picks up steam as it heads for the three …

Isaac Beeckman – candle maker, hydro-engineer, schoolteacher, lens grinder, natural philosopher…

I first stumbled across Isaac Beeckman when I was learning about the early history of the telescope. In his <i>Journal</i>, about which more later, he wrote …

Johns Hopkins University

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

(Don Boudreaux)Tweet… is from page 168 of my late colleague Jim Buchanan‘s 1991 <i>Interdisciplinary Science Reviews</i> article, “The Potential and the …

Home Ownership

Hope for Italy? Well, hope never dies..., by Alberto Mingardi

David has kindly linked into a new post by Alvin Rabushka on the possible adoption of a flat tax in Italy after the next elections. Rabushka travels …

Economics

Capitalism’s Biggest Enemies Are Capitalists

For most of human history, mankind’s standard of living remained perilously close to a bare subsistence level. Then, a few hundred years ago, …

Globalization

The second book of rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky used to run a series of "Rationality Quotes" on OvercomingBias / LessWrong back in 2008-9. Here are some of my personal …

Growth, Not Equality

American history shows that expanding the economy benefits everyone.

Income Inequality

Can Conservatives Respond to the "Tocqueville Prophecy"?

Prophecy

The FBI Is Looking Guilty As Hell In Russia Probe

<b>Scandal:</b> As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's vast and fruitless investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian …

Europe Braces for the Next Italian Election

Renegotiating the Rules<p>Most Italian parties, including those that are on board with European integration, see the bloc's rules on deficit and debt as …

Europe

Nationalism or Democracy?

“The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,” mocked …

Geopolitics

What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel

This past week, a petition was circulated on several psychoanalytic listservs to which I subscribe.“We are writing,” it began, “to express our …

Israel

Is America Ripe For Tyranny?

<i>Editor’s note: This essay is adapted from Morris P. Fiorina's new book</i> <i>Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate</i><i>. He</i> …

Political Science

What Comes after War in Syria?

The regime has largely won the war against the insurgents and thoughts are slowly shifting to Syria's future. But the country still has a long path …

Middle East

How Could a Professor Make ‘The Case Against Education'? — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

In his long-awaited book, George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan argues that “the education system is a waste of time and money.” He is …

Education

What's Wrong with Macro? A Symposium from the Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Macroconomists were notorious for their disagreements before 2007. Such wrangling only increased with the carnage of the Great Financial Crisis and …

10 things to hate about the economy of the 1970s

Economy

Sea level rise acceleration (or not): Part II – The geological record

By Judith CurryPart II of the Climate Etc. series on sea level rise –the geological record provides context for the recent sea level rise.Part I …

Climate Change

Why Did Protests in Iran Fail to Develop into an Uprising?

The disorganized nature meant that the recent protests emerged quickly, but had no clear common goals or leadership, which made continued action …

The lights of our lives

Q: Which “light” came first, the one that refers to illumination or the one that means not very heavy? Is one of them the source of the other?<p>A: The …

Linguistics

Stitches in Time: A History of the Bayeux Tapestry

Is the Bayeux Tapestry English, Norman, French or something in between? The recent media discussion regarding this 60-metre long, 50cm-high work of …

How America Has Changed During Trump's First Year In Office, By The Numbers

Over President Trump's first year in office, the U.S. underwent some changes that he would probably cheer. The economy continued strengthening (including, yes, the stock market, as the president likes to emphasize) and the number of people apprehended while trying to enter the country illegally …

Health Care

can reasoning lead to overconfidence? -- 1/24/18

<b>Today's selection -- from The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber.</b> France's infamous Dreyfus Affair of 1894 was the trial of a young …

Critical Thinking

The Origins of the Reformation Bible

One of the side effects of the Protestant Reformation was intense scrutiny of the biblical canon and its contents. Martin Luther did not broach the …

Is Bank Deregulation Dangerous?

Courtesy of The British Museum, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0Among last week's news items that had colleagues asking me, "What's your answer to <i>this</i>?," was a piece …

Bank of England