Link Archipelago: Unchecked and Unbalanced Watch
September 8, 2010
- China’s economy? “It isn’t a question of whether China’s property market is a bubble, but when it will burst.“
- James C. Scott, author of the incisive Seeing Like the State, opens this month’s Cato Unbound. “…the conclusions I draw from the failures of modern social engineering are as applicable to market-driven standardization as they are to bureaucratic homogeneity.”
- Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair on Greek political economy, “…tax collectors on the take, public-school teachers who don’t really teach, well-paid employees of bankrupt state railroads whose trains never run on time, state hospital workers bribed to buy overpriced supplies. Here they are, and here we are: a nation of people looking for anyone to blame but themselves.”
- Russ Roberts interviews Arnold Kling about the trends behind Unchecked and Unbalanced on EconTalk.
- It’s hard to tell if this is an argument against weak constitutions or for them. Financial Times editor Martin Wolf harasses classical liberalism: “It is hopeless politically, because democracy necessitates debate among widely divergent opinions. Trying to rule out a vast range of values from the political sphere by constitutional means will fail. Under enough pressure, the constitution itself will be changed, via amendment or reinterpretation.”
- Harvard Law Prof Charles Fried and son in Harvard Magazine on torture, snooping, expanding executive power, and Bush-Cheney.