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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-30-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 19,194
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Dunkirk (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

I've loved BhTV but hearing about it suddenly being scaled back makes me sympathetic to GlobalCop's above criticisms. It doesn't seem like Bob was seriously trying to monetize the site, and I had...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-16-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 20,229
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Rootin' Tootin' Edition (Amanda Marcotte & Erica Grieder)

Only 10 minutes in and this is already shaping up to be quite a dispatch from the echo chamber - Citizens United is not merely wrong, but ridiculous! Walker and Bloomberg are craven oligarchs willing...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-27-2011, 02:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,772
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Grassroots Politics (Michelle Goldberg & Rich Lowry)

Lowry does a quite-atrocious job of explaining the importance of feeling tax incidence: The person who doesn't really feel that he pays anything for marginal services which he may need isn't only...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2011, 11:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,031
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Television Politics (Alyssa Rosenberg & Chloe Angyal)

So let's make sure I have this straight:

Shows with feminist strawmen: Trite, cliche, unfair.
Shows with libertarian strawmen: Okay because they highlight the necessary role of government in our...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-15-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,680
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Science Saturday: Dirty, Clunky, and Corrupt Edition (Andrew Revkin & David Roberts)

People who believe that "growth is slowing down" need to look outside of their own backyards... or in this case, their own borders. What a pitifully myopic view.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-06-2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,536
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Economizing (Suzy Khimm & Megan McArdle)

Something other than a concerted attempt to destroy the global financial system, probably. It's one thing to say that something didn't work out ex-post (and even blaming securitization is extremely...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-05-2011, 05:44 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,536
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Economizing (Suzy Khimm & Megan McArdle)

Do I really need an argument for why it's unreasonable to assume that a substantial number of bright young people are spending their time "coming up with ways to destroy the global financial system"?...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-05-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,536
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Economizing (Suzy Khimm & Megan McArdle)

What would we gain? An end to the business cycle? A substantially lower Gini coefficient? Is this what people actually believe?
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2011, 11:38 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

So people who disagree with you are not reliable sources on matters where they disagree with you, because the (respectable) people who disagree with those people don't find them reliable. I could...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2011, 10:02 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 22,584
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Starting a Panic (David Corn & James Pinkerton)

Robert Barro - most-cited economist alive, yet not-respectable in the eyes of Democrats? No True Scotsman denies that the stimulus created jobs! Unless, of course, you mean gross jobs..

David's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-12-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,654
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: God Bless America (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

It seems somewhat remiss of Glenn to not mention the fact that one reason why we don't have government make-work programs is because even left-wing economists would be reluctant to see that as an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-07-2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 31,044
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Monogamish Edition (Dan Savage & Ross Douthat)

Advice to those who haven't watched this yet: Just give it 10 minutes to get the idea, then pass on the next 50 minutes of Ross and Dan going in circles on the main issue.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-02-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 31,474
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Southern Baptist Edition (Amy Sullivan & Richard Land)

Was pretty disappointed in Sullivan's failure to challenge any of Land's absurdities. I know that this is what Christians will normally call "respect", but seriously... a defense of irreducible...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-10-2011, 10:45 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

As Hayek would put it, markets are the product of "human action but not human design." Give this, it's hard to define the criteria that would make markets "fallible." Not to say that markets are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-10-2011, 10:13 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 22,894
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: More Canoes (Tim Fernholz & Kevin D. Williamson)

Williamson's condescending attitude throughout the entire diavlog was quite annoying. Even if I'm more sympathetic towards his view, Fernholz was holding his ground and so the repeated...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-09-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,377
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Downgrade (Mark Kleiman & Peter Cohan)

Talk about shifting the goalposts. Saying that a message has received sponsorship from various rich parties is incredibly far from saying that these parties have in fact reshaped the narrative such...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-09-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,377
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Downgrade (Mark Kleiman & Peter Cohan)

Is doing "unprecedented things" necessarily bad? Maybe it's just a reflection of living in unprecedented times.

And unrelatedly, even if conn can be kind of a dick in the comments I at least...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-09-2011, 09:19 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,377
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Downgrade (Mark Kleiman & Peter Cohan)

Of course, one could easily point to the fact that failing to raise the debt ceiling would not necessarily have lead the government to fail to pay bondholders (and arguably via the 14th amendment it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-08-2011, 08:03 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 17,377
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Downgrade (Mark Kleiman & Peter Cohan)

Between the gratuitous references to the Koch brothers, Murdoch, and Citizens United, Kleinman has undoubtedly won the dubious honor of having the highest ratio of vacuous left-wing applause lines to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,651
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Non-Free Ice Cream Edition (Brad DeLong & Brink Lindsey)

Not sure what the point is here. Yes, DeLong is an actual academic macroeconomist and Brink is merely a public intellectual who pontificates upon his understanding of the macroeconomic literature to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-19-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 31,441
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Parallel Knowledge Systems (Michelle Goldberg & Michael Dougherty)

Unfortunately for us both, I have a policy of blowing off the critiques of those who will clearly refuse to provide specifics.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-19-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 31,441
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Parallel Knowledge Systems (Michelle Goldberg & Michael Dougherty)

I don't get it, are you actively trying to show off an inability to understand? Saying that "cosmopolitan" isn't the antithesis of "pure" (using Haidt's terminology) isn't that difficult.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-18-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 31,441
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Parallel Knowledge Systems (Michelle Goldberg & Michael Dougherty)

Okay, finished listening, one more comment. Goldberg seems to conflate "cosmopolitan" with "multicultural" ("diverse"?), when in fact the two can be and arguably must be at odds. You can have a very...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-18-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 31,441
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Values Added: Parallel Knowledge Systems (Michelle Goldberg & Michael Dougherty)

I'm only halfway through this so far, but a couple notes:

- "All taxes are theft" is a statement that has nothing to do with Austrian economics per se and the two are only related through a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-16-2011, 09:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,925
Posted By Peter Twieg
Re: Von Mises on the Beach (Annie Lowrey & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

Note that Schumer and his ilk went after Silk Road by targeting Bitcoin and not the Tor Network, which I believe betrays the fact that despite the presumption of American omnipotence over all things...
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