Mercatus Conversations with Tyler Cowen series

Deserving of a post.. big fan. I love this format as it seems Tyler has been given the freedom to ask his own interview questions and he knows to not repeat the same Peter Thiel interview.

All Peter Thiel interviews are good stuff but can be repetitive. This one does not disappoint.

I don’t think the series has a homepage but here is Mercatus Center upcoming events.

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Rational Optimist and Evolving Economics

Hat tip to Perfect Health Diet for recently pointing me towards a great blog Evolving Economics by Jason Collins.

I was poking around and noticed this great review of Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist. I started reading it a few months ago and need to pick it up again. Sometimes it’s hard to be full on about a book when you feel like it’s something you are absolutely going to love and agree with (i.e. what’s the point of reading it). Nice to see some criticism of the content from someone with an intelligent opinion, that ultimately enjoyed the book.

Anyway I’m really enjoying the reading from this site. It has a good pace of posts (1 every 3-4 days) IMO. Some comparable blogs like john hawks weblog have such a volume of posts that even though they are all thought provoking sometimes I can’t keep up. Kind of like The Economist subscription that I loved when I was younger but who can (or wants to) read a publication cover to cover? There are so many authors I can read directly now that are the cream of my filtered crop.

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Class Economics

Andrew Coyne does it up big in his article last week, A Phony Class War:

If inequality is our concern, I suggest we’d do better to look in the other direction. The gap that ought to trouble us is not between the top one per cent and the other 99 per cent, but between the bottom 10 per cent and the rest of us. Whatever harm may be imagined to arise from people being too rich, there is ample research on the harm that comes from being too poor, especially to children: poor, not only as a matter of absolute privation, but of relative inequality.

The whole thing draws out some great points that are hard to have conversations about.. I don’t agree with people who have a problem with others making a ridiculous amount of money, rather would be more inclined to judge people based on what they actually do with that money.