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It’s not just a rapper’s arrest that should raise alarms about authoritarianism in Tanzania

A popular rapper was arrested and then released this weekend in Tanzania for releasing a song that criticized President John P. Magufuli. In the track, rapper Nay wa Mitego asks whether freedom of expression still exists in Tanzania, calls out the double standard in holding public officials accountable, and wonders whether the president considers himself […]

The next phase of Brexit is about to start. Here are four things to watch.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will submit a letter triggering “Article 50” on Wednesday, kicking off the formal process for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Divorces can be messy — and drawn out. Anger, regret and coldhearted calculations can lead the two sides to an agreement that neither side wanted or expected. […]

America’s scientific work force is aging

The study, by David Blau and Bruce Weinberg, both professors of economics at Ohio State University, found that the average age of employed scientists increased from 45 in 1993 to nearly 49 in 2010. Scientists aged faster than the U.S. Show More Summary

Food has replaced music as culturally central, at least for America’s professional class

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, and here is part of the discussion of food: Restaurants are increasingly an organizing and revitalizing force in our cities, and eating out has continued to rise as a means of socializing. Show More Summary

Two views on fighting world poverty

  Not everyone like my idea for fighting world poverty. Bill Gates wants to solve African poverty by helping more poor people raise chickens. So recently I wrote Gates an open letter in Vox asking him two things. First, consider cash, because … Continue reading ? The post Two views on fighting world poverty appeared first on Chris Blattman.

You can calm down about internet service providers selling your browser history

In light of these laws and institutions safeguarding user privacy, members of the House of Representatives need not fear that voting for the joint resolution to rescind the FCC’s privacy rule will mark the end of individual privacy on the Internet. Show More Summary

Week 1 of my Order & Violence course

The syllabus is here and the slides are here for those that are interested in following along. Unfortunately I am not quite organized enough to offer an online lecture to accompany, but perhaps in future. I increasingly think I might turn … Continue reading ? The post Week 1 of my Order & Violence course appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Tuesday assorted links

1. Dog kennel apartments? 2. How much of the increase in complacency is due to welfare programs?  And Noah and I debate how to shake up the complacent. 3. Yiwu, China. 4. New on-line book by Kevin O’Rourke and Jeff Williamson on the spread of modern industry to the periphery. 5. Douglas L. Campbell now […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

“Richard Posner: “The Real Corruption Is the Ownership of Congress by the Rich”

Oh my.   From Judge Posner’s keynote at a Stigler Center conferece: On the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Posner said: “If you become a member of Congress, you’ll get a card from the head for your party that … Continue reading ?

This is how you stop fake news

“Fake news” has become big news. President Trump has regularly accused others of inventing news, while he himself has spread rumors based on little or no factual information. For instance, he has claimed on various occasions that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the November election and that he lost in New Hampshire because thousands […]

We examined more than 1,300 journalist killings between 2002 and 2013. Here’s what we learned.

Reporting the news from a war zone is a risky business. But just how many members of the media are killed — and what does that tell us about the trajectory for how countries view human rights? To look at these questions more closely, we collected data on killings of journalists and media personnel that […]

Hosni Mubarak is free again. What does this say about Egypt?

After six years of procedural and legal maneuvers, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is free. The top Egyptian appeals court acquitted him of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 popular revolt. Mubarak’s expected freedom comes as many leaders of that revolt languish in Egyptian prisons. The other members of Mubarak’s regime put […]

A Straussian neoreactionary review of The Complacent Class

The specific thinkers cited for ‘cyclical models of history’ are Vico, Spengler, and Toynbee, in that order. With that triple-burst trigger pull, the race to a second, Straussian reading begins. Taking a cue from those statements, consider that the book itself might be a cycle. Show More Summary

MRU Complacent Class video on “The Missing Men”

Here is a page with all the Complacent Class videos. The post MRU Complacent Class video on “The Missing Men” appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Does bank capital prevent crises?

Òscar Jordà, Björn Richter, Moritz Schularick, and Alan M. Taylor have a new and somewhat unsettling NBER paper on that topic: Higher capital ratios are unlikely to prevent a financial crisis. This is empirically true both for the entire...Show More Summary

Why might better matching reduce mobility?

Wil Wade emails me some very interesting points: As someone who has changed jobs a fair amount and recently, I thought I might be able to give some ideas on why better matching and results decreases mobility. Some of these might be fairly easy to set up tests for. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. David Rockefeller as economist. 2. Should military training be gender-integrated? 3. Do the lungs make blood? 4. The insect detectives. 5. Interview with Bob Dylan. 6. How many books will you read before you die?  (Doesn’t work for everyone) 7. The use of antitrust to tame the media. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Why Does President Trump Want to Pump Prime the Economy?

It is difficult to forecast what President Trump’s fiscal legacy will be. He’s sought credit for a recent reduction in public debt, but pledged not to touch the entitlement programs which are its key long-term driver, while also cutting taxes. Show More Summary

Immigration Policy Redux

A friend recently emailed me this after arriving at the Barcelona airport from Dublin: I approve of their immigration system. I had this conversation with the agent: Americano? Si You are not Trump? Ha no. Welcome Gracias Says it al...

The Voters Trump Persuaded

From Nate Cohn’s Upshot column, which now has the most detailed data analysis on the voting patterns in the 2016 election: Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, … Continue reading ?

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