While I’m blathering on about The Atlantic, I recommend Christopher Hitchens’s review of a new edition of Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. I have not always liked Hitchens’s writing style, which sometimes has veered into too much pompous asperity for my taste. But I love his long-format book reviews like this one. I … More Hitchens And Edmund Burke … More Hitchens And Edmund Burke
The April issue of Wired had a nice little interview with economist phenom Steven Levitt. … More Wired Interview With Steven Levitt
So I was in Mexico last week, conveniently enough while Mike was posting our blackout report commentaries, speaking at a conference sponsored by the Mexican Congress on electricity industry reform. Mexico’s industry is state-owned, and is a substantial drag on the coffers of the Treaasury, which has amassed a large debt with the electric company’s … More Electricity Reform In Mexico? … More Electricity Reform In Mexico?
Not surprisingly, I am really enjoying Russ Roberts’ and Don Boudreaux’s Cafe Hayek. Take, for example, Don Boudreaux’s recent post on Kerry’s reinvocation of the misery index, a 70s concept that should have, like Seals & Crofts and Hall & Oates, stayed in the 70s: One of my most powerful memories of the 1970s is … More Cafe Hayek, And “Perfection” … More Cafe Hayek, And “Perfection”
The curse is gone. No, not the goat or black cat curse on the Cubs (for all we know that’s still there!) — the KP house-buying curse. In the past two years we’ve tried 3 times to buy a house: 1. 1924 Chicago bungalow, beautifully renovated, 2 blocks from current location. Got a contract. Inspection: … More The House Curse Is Lifted … More The House Curse Is Lifted