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Forum: Diavlog comments 07-06-2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 23,511
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: What People Know About Drugs is Wrong (John McWhorter & Mark Kleiman)

I really like Mark Kleiman, and his pragmatic view of criminal justice, but I'm curious about what, if anything, Kleiman thinks about weighing the interests of those whose lives benefit from...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-19-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 25,910
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter (Dahlia Lithwick & Ann Althouse)

Being a Paladin ain't what it was back in the dark ages of Second Edition. Dude, I love nerd humor. Thanks!
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-11-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 19,284
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Take Three (Mickey Kaus & David Frum)

It would take quite a while to list all of the issues on which Kaus and I disagree, but I have to say, this is the most coherent that I've heard him for some time; ever since his discussion with...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2010, 06:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 17,073
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Lame Duck Edition (Gabriel Arana & Conn Carroll)

I mean, have you ever read The American Prospect? It can actually be a pretty badass magazine, and the best they can do is send over Gabriel Arana to go "uh, uh, well, uh, not really Conn.." in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-20-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 17,073
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Lame Duck Edition (Gabriel Arana & Conn Carroll)

You know that it's a bad omen when after a mere 10 minutes into a diavlog with Conn Carroll, he begins to sound comparatively coherent and reasonable; if forced to listen to any more of Arana's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,587
Posted By Eric Biesel
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,587
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: The Week in Blog: Political Theater (Jamelle Bouie & Conn Carroll)

I was disappointed when Bouie was claiming that expanded globalization as pushed by Clinton and other Democratic politicians had not benefited the poorest in the United States; I would argue that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2010, 05:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,018
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: I wonder how many cato 'Economists' fall on the IDEAS rankings?

I really enjoyed that post. Thanks for the link. It reminds me of Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,018
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Krugmanology 101 (Noam Scheiber & Stephen Spruiell)

I'm curious as to what evidence you have that the democrats only would have needed "a few" more seats to enact a single payer system. They needed all sixty to get the legislation enacted without...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,018
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Krugmanology 101 (Noam Scheiber & Stephen Spruiell)

Claiming that a proposal isn't serious because it contains problematic political assumptions is itself unserious. Is the idea of a single payer health insurance system, something you presumbably...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2010, 07:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,018
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Krugmanology 101 (Noam Scheiber & Stephen Spruiell)

I've no doubt that Krugman is a brilliant guy, but his "takedown (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/opinion/06krugman.html)" of the Paul Ryan Roadmap...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,239
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: We Know How to Do Crazy Now (Tim Fernholz & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

I think that she's talking on the level of behavioral economics. There is economic literature that people underestimate the financial risks of overdraft fees, and balk at the prospect of paying an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 02:17 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,239
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: We Know How to Do Crazy Now (Tim Fernholz & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

This is almost certainly true; I'm sure most of us are aware of the disparity between rhetoric for limited government, and the reality that most people polled are opposed to reductions in Medicaid,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 07:00 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Can't vs Won't

Very thoughtful post. I've really enjoyed the meta ethical dimension to this thread. Talking and thinking clearly about the tangle of race, ethnicity and economics is difficult. The actual...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 06:54 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

This is a good point that we often forget. Looking at the census data, we can get a really mechanistic sense of how demography is linked to things Wax mentions, i.e. out of wedlock birth, high...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 06:41 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,239
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: We Know How to Do Crazy Now (Tim Fernholz & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

I also just can't resist adding that institutions like Reason spend a lot of time opposing things like licensing laws, which often disproportionately enable the affluent to insulate themselves from...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-14-2010, 06:31 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,239
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: We Know How to Do Crazy Now (Tim Fernholz & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

I've no doubt that there is some truth to this, but organizations like Reason Magazine, Mangu/Ward's employer, doesn't just publish articles about lowering taxes, shrinking entitlements and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-13-2010, 07:54 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,239
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: We Know How to Do Crazy Now (Tim Fernholz & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

Well, I assume that you would admit that the senate filibuster almost killed Obamacare and, if it had succeeded, government would be smaller as a percentage of GDP. Doesn't seem so ridiculous to me....
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-13-2010, 06:56 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

I finished listening to this on my bike ride home today, and it was a fairly unpleasant experience. It was pretty clear after the first half hour that Serwer, while probably a pretty bright guy, was...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

Our potential differences in economic philosophy aside, I understand where you're coming from, but would you acknowledge that, for good or ill, a wage floor will increase unemployment among low...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

My concerns about the minimum wage aren't exactly what get me out of bed in morning, but I do have opinions on its impact on urban, low skilled employment rates that I imagine you would find highly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 07:52 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

I would be interested in having Jeff, harkin and stephanie share some of their thoughts on drug policy, the minimum wage and some of Mark Kleiman's criminal justice ideas as they pertain to poverty...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-12-2010, 06:27 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 23,768
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Communitas: Race, Culture, and Government (Adam Serwer & Amy Wax)

I don't know about that. The economic destruction wreaked by being branded a felon, losing the years of one's life where one is most likely to develop valuable skills, and the assimilation into...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,418
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Science Saturday: Language and Thought (Joshua Knobe & Lera Boroditsky)

Thanks. I've read quite a few of both the positive and negative reviews on Amazon, and I think that this will be the next book that I read. I've read Pinker's The Blank Slate, which I really...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-09-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,807
Posted By Eric Biesel
Re: Values Added: Tea Party Profile (Sarah Posner & Robert Jones)

I agree with this completely. I haven't had a chance to read the P.R.I. survey yet, but I've listened to a panel (http://www.brookings.edu/events/2010/1005_religion_survey.aspx) at Brookings...
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