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.
Graham: Which one of those four points is “ahistorical” ;? 1. Germany did make some major diplomatic mistakes in 1914, including the blank cheque to Vienna. Granted, they had few options by then to shore up their position, but then they’d contributed more than most to their own isolation in the previous decade. It is fair to say both that they elected war, even if I think their options were limited, and that they did so against long odds. Which they knew were long. That was part of the...