In their quest to absorb all of humanity into a gigantic databank (and make us love them for it), Google has put up a massive collection of out-of-print, post-copyright books.  I really liked the idea of this from a conceptual perspective when I found out about this a few years ago; even if I don’t […]

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2012/10/17/paul-taylor/stochastically-orthogonal/ Heh heh heh.  

Once upon a time, I wrote this as a response to a classmate, who made the mistake of wondering out loud how I thought we could create social change.  I’m posting it because I still agree with most of it.  Quotation follows, with names removed to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent alike: Baldly stated, I […]

Is there a link between irrational social behavior and ideology? Marx didn’t think so.  He felt that if you came to a place where people started acting strangely (or, at least, counter to their own interests) you just weren’t looking hard enough.  Hence the complicated, and in my opinion, way-way-way too convoluted system of justifications […]

Marx, of course, never missed a chance to point the way past capitalism.  There’s about 6 inches of paper holding down my bookshelf to bear witness to this. But I don’t seem to recall this particular denunciation: apparently, shifting from a (crude) form of communism to a (crude) form of capitalism leads to skyrocketing rates […]

Dr. Cowen, over at the always worthwhile Marginal Revolution, wonders who might be a member of the clergy and an economist, all at the same time. Cowen and friends manage to rattle off lots of clergy/economists, starting with various medieval gentlemen and drawing a more or less abrupt halt somewhere in the middle of the […]

In such a file as I am going to describe, there is joined personal experience and professional activities, studies under way and studies planned. In this file, you, as an intellectual craftsman, will try to get together what you are doing intellectually and what you are experiencing as a person.

C. Wright Mills.  2000.  The Sociological Imagination.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.  (p. 196).