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

  • ‘Expert Panels’ Won’t Improve Health Care, by Norbert Gleicher

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

  • ObamaCare’s Tax on Work

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


  • Civilian Courts Are No Place to Try Terrorists, by Michael Mukasey

“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

  • Bloggers Mugged By Regulators, by Gordon Crovitz

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

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