Nightcap

  1. China looks like the big winner in new trade negotiations Scott Sumner, MoneyIllusion
  2. Where does the Asian obsession with white skin come from? Ana Salvá, the Diplomat
  3. On Steven Pinker and The Blank Slate Arnold Kling, askblog
  4. In American higher education, hierarchy begets hierarchy Ethan Ris, JHIBlog

Nightcap

  1. The Left lost yet another election. Its response? Reposting old essays… Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber
  2. Israel, Syria, and the Kurds Wilkofsky & Zaman, Al-Monitor
  3. Automation as a colonization wave Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias
  4. The geopolitics of liberalism Nicolas Hausdorf, Jacobite

Nightcap

  1. Coming of age in the CIA Susan Blumberg-Kason, ARB
  2. Here’s what’s wrong with US foreign policy Peter Henne, Duck of Minerva
  3. Towards a better globalization Reuven Brenner, American Affairs
  4. An argument against Richard Dawkins Rupert Shortt, TLS

Nightcap

  1. Boris & Donald: A special relationship Lippman & Toosi, Politico
  2. The looming end of Pax Americana Brian Stewart, Quillette
  3. A lesson for the Israeli occupation Michael Koplow, Ottomans & Zionists
  4. A new history of Charlemagne Charles West, LRB

Eye Candy: Most popular porn categories, by country, in 2019

Well then. Discuss? This is from PornHub. Thanks to r/mapporn.

Public libertarian intellectuals

Consider the post-Hayek/Rothbard/Friedman era of libertarianism.

Who has stepped up to fill their shoes? It’s hard to say, but 4 academics who stand out are Tyler CowenMike MungerRobert Higgs, and Bryan Caplan. Their scholarly output is comparable to our own Jacques Delacroix, and their influence within the libertarian quadrant is – or was at some point in time – much greater than Jacques’.

All four of these scholars cut their teeth blogging. The blog is how they teach. The blog is how they vent. The blog is how they share news and knowledge. The blog is how they went from well-respected to essential. All four write opinion pieces for professional outlets, but that’s not how they became essential to libertarians across the globe. Sharing their day-to-day thoughts about the world, to the world (and not just their walled-off social media accounts), is how they were able to step up and usher libertarianism into the next generation.

As the new year approaches, I encourage you to think about what liberty means to you. (Is it best left in the hands of professional Libertarians? You know the incentives they face. You know the choices they’ve made.) I also encourage you to be bold in your goofiness. Be strange! Be strong. Be artsy. Be rude (but never cruel). The professional outlets will always be there, waiting patiently to edit out your voice from The Message. Make 2020 the year a new generation of libertarians stepped up and took on the burden of responsible citizen-scholarship.

Nightcap

  1. Science was everywhere in the Soviet Union Simon Ings, TLS
  2. A few reflections on Paul Volcker Arnold Kling, askblog
  3. The failure of “the marketplace of ideas” Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
  4. NAFTA 2.0 has slightly less free trade Scott Sumner, MoneyIllusion