Assorted Links (10/7/2011)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

Incomes are Created, Not “Distributed”

“Regarding the recent rash of the anti-social sentiment called “envy,” one point to keep in mind is that the common use of the term “income distribution” (or “wealth distribution”) stacks the deck in favor of those people who are prone…”

A Tribute to Steve Jobs

“A tribute to Steve Jobs and the legacy he has left the world.”

The Top 1%

“Robert Lieberman, a political scientist at Columbia University writes in Foreign Affairs: The U.S. economy appears to be coming apart at the seams. Unemployment remains at nearly ten percent, the highest level in almost 30 years; foreclosures have forced millions…”

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

“The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition lets us see beyond the capabilities of our unaided eyes. Almost 2000 entries from 70 countries vied for recognition in the 37th annual contest, which celebrates photography through a microscope.”

The Future Is Getting Better All The Time

“W. Brian Arthur, in a report for McKinsey, writes that we are witnessing enormous fundamental changes to the global economy: “in fact”, he writes, “it may well be the biggest change ever in the economy.” This change is due to what Arthur calls “the second economy” or a “digital economy” that exists …”

Twenty-First Century Excommunication

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Houses of Worship column, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway writes that the Episcopal Church is now insisting that any congregation that breaks away over Episcopalianism’s liberal doctrinal and political stances must disaffiliate from Anglicanism entirely.”

Steve Jobs and the Coolest Show on Earth

“In The Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter writes that like everyone who counts most in the world, Jobs made himself up as he went along, occupying a job category whose total size was always one.”

The Wire and Elasticity

“(The Wired’s) …drug kingpin Stinger Bell learns about elasticity of demand and then applies it to his business.”

Cain’s Post-Racial Promise

“In The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley writes that black individuals who don’t see themselves primarily as victims are a threat to the political left.”

Occupy Wall Street Protest Presents Democrats With a Populist Puzzle

“The Democratic Party is grappling with the promise and peril of the anticorporate populism of the Occupy Wall Street movement, seeking to tap its energy without opening the party to charges of class warfare.”

Why the Stimulus Tanked: Untimely, Untargeted, Untemporary

“Over at U.S. News & World Report, Reason columnist and Mercatus Center economist Veronique de Rugy explains why the stimulus failed to stimulate.”

Warren Buffett, the Keystone Pipeline, and Crony Capitalism

“A decades-long crusade by the environmental left to convince us that oil is evil, unsustainable, and destroying our planet has yet to accomplish its goal of eliminating oil as a fuel, but it has succeeded in making oil damned expensive.”

5 Facts About Climate Change

“Robert Bryce on why global warming alarmists are losing their crusade.”

Why geezers give the best investment advice Jonathan Burton’s Life Savings

“Don’t trust anyone over 30. That was a rallying cry for the counterculture 1960s. But nowadays, people seeking investment advice probably should be suspicious of anyone under 50.”

Occupy Wall Street: A Sucker’s Game

“Ill-informed protestors should be demonstrating outside the White House.”

Book Review: The Price of Civilization

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan provides a stellar critique of Columbia economist Jeffrey Sachs’ (gloomy) new book entitled “The Price of Civilization”…

What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules?

“In The Wall Street Journal, former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton images how pro football would look if players who made it through three seasons could never be cut from the roster.”

Stimulus Has Been a Washington Job Killer

“In The Wall Street Journal, economists John F. Cogan and John B. Taylor write that the political graveyards are full of politicians who thought that temporary, targeted economic policies would get them re-elected.”

Ward Connerly: What Happened to Post-Racial America?

“In The Wall Street Journal, Ward Connerly writes that affirmative action is flourishing today, undermining the color-blind vision of Kennedy and King.”

Stephens: The President of Contempt

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Global View column, Bret Stephens writes that to Barack Obama, America is lovable in proportion to the love it gives him in return.”

Elizabeth Warren and the Blessings of Government

“In The Wall Street Journal, Russ Roberts of George Mason University writes that if the state stuck to public goods like roads, police and education, we might feel better about paying our taxes.”

Last Chance to Save the Euro

“In The Wall Street Journal, John Cochrane writes that a Greek default won’t destroy Europe’s currency—bailouts will.”

Obama’s Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep

“The dim news about the current economic situation has prompted the Obama administration to put forward its latest, desperate effort to reverse the tide by urging passage of The American Jobs Act (AJA), a turgid 155-page bill. The AJA’s only certain effect is to make everything worse than it already is…”

The Myth of Common Sense: Why The Social World Is Less Obvious Than It Seems

“This is a guest post by Duncan Watts, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Labs, and the author of Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer.”

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