Assorted Links (11/5/2011)

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

You Want More Equality? Support More Capitalism

“A person can’t go but a few clicks on the Internet these days without tripping over some shocking item about the “explosion” of income inequality that has, like the dark smog of capitalistic excess, been choking the life out of this unjust nation.”

Hooray, a Financial Firm Fails!

“In The Wall Street Journal, Business World columnist Holman Jenkins writes about the failure of Jon Corzine’s MF Global company.”

Who Lost Iraq?

“Charles Krauthammer writes on NRO: Barack Obama was a principled opponent of the Iraq War from its beginning. But when he became president in January 2009, he was handed a war that was won …Obama was left with but a single task: Negotiate a new status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) to reinforce these gains and create a strategic partnership with the Arab world’s only democracy. He blew it. Negotiations, such as they were, finally collapsed last month. There is no agreement, no partnership. As of December 31, the American military presence in Iraq will be liquidated.”

Freakonomics » The Academic Origins of China’s One Child Policy

“In our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast, “Misadventures in Baby-Making,” we describe an academic paper by a Dutch mathematics professor that might have been one of the inspirations of the controversial One Child Policy in China.” This is very tragic indeed… The podcast that accompanies this article also explains, among other things, how China’s so-called “one child policy” has given rise to severe gender imbalances in some parts of China (note: this is basically a euphemism for wide-scale sex-selection abortion)…

Occupy, the Tea Party and Media Bias

Media bias: coverage of the Tea Party Movement versus the coverage of OWS

What’s the Matter With Oakland?

The ever insightful Meghan McArdle hits the nail on the head about the whole OWS “movement”…

Iniquity, Irresponsibility, and/or Incentives?

“What’s behind the recession and slow recovery?”

The Shale Gas Revolution

“The United States seems to possess a 100-year supply of natural gas, a cleaner, cheaper energy source than other fossil fuels. Will America blow this blessing?”

The GOP Candidates Square Off on Taxes

“In The Wall Street Journal, Stanford economist Michael J. Boskin writes that Republican tax proposals range from modest to bold. All include lower rates, which will stimulate growth.” Here are some interesting facts from this article: “the U.S. already has the most progressive tax system in the 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The top 1% of taxpayers, with 20% of income, pay 38% of income taxes, whereas 51% of Americans pay none. The U.S. has the second-highest corporate income tax rate (35% federal plus 4% average state) of any advanced economy.”

Obama’s Perplexing Populism

“In The Wall Street Journal, George Melloan writes that inflation hits lower-income people especially hard. So why is the president ignoring rising food prices?”

The Churches of Cain and Obama

“In The Wall Street Journal’s Houses of Worship column, Bishop Harry Jackson writes that theological differences between the two yield different understandings of the path to economic advancement.”

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