Assorted Links (10/19/2009)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Art, Music and Culture

  • The Good, the Bad and the Exaggerated in Michael Moore’s New Film, ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

“Michael Moore’s movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, doesn’t pull any punches in its depiction of capitalism as the monster that is destroying America. Moore’s villains range from Wall Street bankers to Wal-Mart to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, while capitalism’s victims include those who are losing their jobs, their houses and, in some cases, their faith in a system that is supposed to reward hard work and playing by the rules. Knowledge@Wharton asked Kent Smetters, a professor of insurance and risk management at Wharton who describes himself as “generally right of center,” to review Capitalism: A Love Story.”

The Economy

  • The Economy — Right Now

From Knowledge@Wharton, this article explains a new economic “…indicator of indicators that purports to measure the overall state of the economy on just about any given day.”


  • Mortgages: Price Security for Home Sellers, by Bob Tedeschi

“Would you be willing to give away 1 percent of your home’s value if it meant not having to worry about losing more?”

Health Care Reform

“Government reliance on medical studies will make it harder to discard false prophecies and dogmas.”

“Middle-income families will face a big marginal rate increase.”


“We tried the first World Trade Center bombers in civilian courts. In return we got 9/11 and the murder of nearly 3,000 innocents.”

Public Policy

“The FTC wants to police book reviews on Twitter.”