Germany has unique history. In 1950 it had to ban a Nazi party that had 12 seats in the Bundestag. That party was led by the Army major who was central to the 1944 attempted coup.
He was deceived into believing he had to arrest a whole bunch of people in Berlin then Gobbles and Hitler got on the phone to persuade him that it was a coup, and he led the counter coup arresting all the pro-coup leadership in Berlin.
I have been a long critic of Germany’s criminal speech laws, including its long criminalization of Nazi symbols. Now, Sven Pohl, 37, is facing charges in Germany for “heavy drug trafficking” after he triggered a raid due to his posting of a Nazi-themed breakfast. The police arrived being found with massive quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.
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I went in the field of economic history after I discovered how much it was to properly measure living standards. The issue that always interested me was how to “capture” the multidimensional nature of living standards. After all, what weight should we give to an extra year of life relative to the quality of that extra year (see all my stuff on Cuba)?
However, I never tried to create “a composite” measure of living standards. I thought that it was necessary, first, to get the measurements right. However, I had been aware of the work of Leandro Prados de la Escosura who has been doing considerable work on this in order to create composite measures (Leandro also influenced me on my Cuba reasoning – see this article).
A year ago, I discovered the work of Daniel Gallardo Albarrán from the University of Groningen at the meeting of the Economic…
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There’s been a great deal of talk about the protest-turned-violent at Middlebury College against Charles Murray this week. Almost all of this discussion has been about what it means for intellectual freedom at the modern college or university, and whether labeling Murray racist (or more histrionically, a “white nationalist“) for writing The Bell Curve is justified or justifies his exclusion from polite society.
Nobody, as far as I know, has discussed whether the students just didn’t want to hear what he had to say. Maybe Middlebury students (average SAT score 1450 out of 1600) don’t want to hear about how the society favors those with more academic ability? Maybe Middlebury students (the 9th richest student body in the country, with 23% of their students from the top 1% of income in the U.S. and a median parental income of $244,300) don’t want to hear about the…
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Apparently, MIT didn’t like its name being used in petition to Trump. Dr. Richard Lindzen responds to that letter.
March 9, 2017
President Donald Trump
The White House
Dear Mr. President:
On 2 March, 2017, members of the MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate (PAOC) sent a public letter to the White House, contesting the Petition I circulated. The Petition, signed by over 330 scientists from around the world so far, called for governments to withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Since MIT’s administration has made the climate issue a major focus for the Institute, with PAOC playing a central role, it is not surprising that the department would object to any de-emphasis. But the PAOC letter shows very clearly the wisdom of James Madison’s admonition, in the Federalist, 10:
“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own…
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