Nightcap

  1. The world forager elite Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias
  2. The novel and the middle class Branko Milanovic, globalinequality
  3. The new leftist imagination Alexandra Marraccini, LARB
  4. Slavery and the Asante Empire Lipton Matthews, Mises Wire

Nightcap

  1. Vikings in the New World (but no Chinese?) Valerie Hansen, Aeon
  2. The 1619 Project is backtracking Robby Soave, Reason
  3. This figure obscures class divisions: for college graduates…” Robert Henderson, City Journal
  4. Comparative advantage is not about trade John Wentworth, Less Wrong

Nightcap

  1. Is Trump more of a socialist than Biden? Shikha Dalmia, the Week
  2. How millennials became the burnout generation Anne Petersen, Buzzfeed
  3. The myth of harmonious indigenous conservation Baz Edmeades, Quillette
  4. Russian history through the Westerner’s gaze Ellie Holbrook, History Today

Nightcap

  1. Ravenna: where classical Rome, Byzantium and Christianity met Ian Thomson, Spectator
  2. ‘Cultural appropriation’ is American cultural imperialism Douglas Murray, UnHerd
  3. Will Eastern Mediterranean tensions matter if there is no war? Peter Henne, Duck of Minerva
  4. Bolivia: a tale of two countries Maëlle Mariette, Le monde diplomatique

Nightcap

  1. Conceptions of politics Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
  2. From bootleg liberalism to Trumpist McCarthyism Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth
  3. Follow the social science, too Horwitz & Stephenson, EconLog
  4. Inequalities and Covid-19 Branko Milanovic, globalinequality

Nightcap

  1. Dangerous myths about nuclear weapons David Logan, War on the Rocks
  2. Honest putdowns Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias
  3. “Sitting next to Sally” John Quiggan, Crooked Timber
  4. Hopelessness and the new capitalism Hans Eicholz, Law & Liberty

Nightcap

  1. Mourning in place Edwidge Danticat, NY Review of Books
  2. Is working hard good? Jason Brennan, 200-Proof Liberals
  3. When hard work doesn’t equal productive work Mary Lucia Darst, NOL
  4. The actual work of trying to formulate truly alien conceptions of life, consciousness, and thought is mostly yet to be done” Nick Nielsen, GSA

Forthcoming: Reviving the libertarian interstate federalist tradition

One of my papers was accepted for publication in the libertarian journal The Independent Review. Here’s an excerpt:

This essay aims to fill that gap by making four arguments:

1. Prominent classical liberals and libertarians have long recognized the importance of interstate federalism for not only individual liberty but security for liberal polities in the international arena as well.

2. The American federalists of the late 18th century faced the same problems we face, and the distinct interstate order that they patched together to solve those problems is not an outmoded Leviathan; it is the missing piece of the puzzle to the libertarian and classical liberal tradition of interstate federalism.

3. The piecemeal federation of political units under the U.S. constitution would achieve more freedom for more people, and this interstate federalism should be enthusiastically embraced as the foreign policy principle for libertarians and classical liberals.

4. The American Proposal would solve the security (and cost-sharing) dilemma for liberal polities, but it would also contribute to a decline in the worrisome trend of presidential government in the United States.

I gotta give props to the editors and the referees of the journal. I know they didn’t like my argument, but they were fair, helpful, and a whole lotta fun. I’ll have more on this soon. In the mean time, here’s a sneak peak (pdf).

Nightcap

  1. Schumpeterian enigmas David Glasner, Uneasy Money
  2. Is John Roberts the new Anthony Kennedy? Damon Root, Reason
  3. Economics of Federalism” (pdf) Inman & Rubenfield
  4. Gray mists & ancient stones Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, New Criterion

Nightcap

  1. A meditation on suffering Paul Komesaroff, Hedgehog Review
  2. What art scolds have in common Aeon Skoble, RCL
  3. Coping with bullshit Richard Gunderman, Law & Liberty
  4. Paid sick leave and Schelling focal points Rick Weber, NOL

Nightcap

  1. Why have we been recycling plastic? Gonzalez & Sullivan, Planet Money
  2. The literary scene in the Great Depression Ben Terrall, CounterPunch
  3. Stealing from the Saracens Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times
  4. The long road to reaction Thomas Meaney, New Statesman

Nightcap

  1. Hypocrisy, racism, and MBA candidates Natalie Solent, Samizdata
  2. Naive realism and the pandemic Arnold Kling, askblog
  3. A brief chat on world government Evan Huus, Grand Unified Empty!
  4. Portrait of an ordinary Nazi Malcolm Forbes, American Interest

Nightcap

  1. Another Arab state has recognized Israel Mark Landler, NY Times
  2. Why can’t Seoul and Tokyo get along? Sung-Yoon Lee, Origins
  3. Is this how the American Century ends and China’s begins? Tom McTague, Atlantic
  4. Charles Murray reviews Ross Douthat Claremont Review of Books

Nightcap

  1. 9/11 + 19: Lessons Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth
  2. Misinformation and foreign policy Scott Sumner, EconLog
  3. The Hayek question Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
  4. Why not anarchy? Daniel McCarthy, Modern Age

Nightcap

  1. On press freedom Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
  2. Remembering David Graeber Nicholas Haggerty, Commonweal
  3. Selling the revolution to Iran’s next generation Suzanne Maloney, WOTR
  4. How Europeans viewed the Turks Margaret Meserve, TLS