Sam J.: “…What did the Jews have to do with the four key decisions producing the German hyperinflation:… 8221; The Jews owned the private banks and could create currency themselves. They did so in vast quantities until the government(Hitler) stopped them and then the Reich Marchs was issued without owing debt to the private bankers. While farmers were hanging themselves in their barns in Kansas Germans were going on vacations. I would trade the Jews for Muslims one for one any day....
Sam J.: I bet many young males if told that learning subject A,B and C would mean they could move up would put in extra effort. Knowing they are stuck they shut out the whole business as futile.
Faze: Charles Murray is good here as elsewhere, however he does perpetuate a fallacy when he (in a very minor point) partially attributes the demoralization of white working class men of the Vietnam era to the fact that “They couldn’t wear their [military] uniforms when they got home because they would have been spat on.” The truth is that there are no verifiable first-hand accounts of returning veterans being spat on by anti-war protestors. I was a radical leftist in the 1960s...
Charles W. Abbott: This essay from Gregory Cochran has been on my mind a lot lately, including especially the John von Neumann anecdote: Biology and Human Capital. The author discusses it largely in terms of biology. Motivation matters a lot, too, and various factors that might ceom from the home environment (word rich environment, instruction in how to control attention and focus).
Mike in Boston: I was already reliably informed of this by my five-year-old. “Daddy, every day it’s the same, ‘T-tuh-train’ ;. I ALREADY KNOW ‘T’! It’s boring!” One grandma who went to school in a rural area’s classic “one room schoolhouse” tells me that she would not have traded that experience for anything, because when she finished her own work she could listen to what the older kids were learning.
Candide III: I feel he’s harping too much on the commercial side. The most modern sources of distraction and virtualization — social networks, Twitter, Snapchat — are not primarily commercial.
Bob Sykes: Eliminating age-based classes will likely result in racially segregated classes. Always a good thing.
Adar: That it might even suggested that the recent wave of illegal migrants to Europe will emulate the Jews is absurd. The Jews for thousands of years have had a highly literate culture and society. These current illegal migrants come from nations and cultures that to the most part are illiterate or functionally illiterate. I might think also the number of immigrants to Finland is too small to make reasonable statistical inferences.
Lu An Li: It will be suggested if there is a civil suit that the estate can claim the shooter was PREDISPOSED TO SHOOT because of the range, the instruction, etc. The man did not give the villain a fair chance to surrender. It might not play with a jury but I am sure someone will want to give it a go.
Lucklucky: Graham you are arguing with lazy persons. “Usurious rate” is a typical socialist expression. Which is not surprising to see from said persons. If you don’t like the price, then don’t buy.