Interesting Things 13/11/2017

A miscellany of links I found interesting recently:

There are quite a few this week too, possibly because I’ve decided to change the day I put this out, which will also change for next week, I think.

Again, it is dominated by the stuff in the week’s news cycle.

A podcast interview on the future of the car – fascinating stuff: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2017/08/benedict_evans.html

Shallow thinking: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/long-fuse-big-bang/201711/the-deep-state-warns-us-about-shallow-thinking

Who is laughing now? https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/gary-oliver-watch-jokers-department-humour-case/

Is GDP past its Use-by-date? https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/can-gdp-continue

What does ‘equality’ actually mean? http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/there-no-such-thing-equality-and-thank-goodness

The almost unbelievable number of people killed by communism: https://fee.org/articles/the-staggering-toll-of-the-russian-revolution/

‘Groping for the Truth’: http://www.salisburyreview.com/articles/groping-for-the-truth/

‘Why do beliefs cluster the way they do?’ https://areomagazine.com/2017/11/05/sowells-visions/

Is it ‘Time to Call a Truce in the Gender Wars’? https://areomagazine.com/2017/11/05/time-to-call-a-truce-in-the-gender-wars/

The trial of Effie Deans: http://www.dailyglobe.co.uk/comment/the-trial-of-effie-deans/

Nobody expected the Sexual Inquisition: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/who-will-put-a-brake-on-this-sexual-inquisition/20509

And ‘The media needs to get a grip’ – http://www.dailyglobe.co.uk/comment/the-media-needs-to-get-a-grip/

‘Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.’ –  http://quillette.com/2017/11/06/intersectionality-poppers-paradox/

‘Moralistic exposés of people’s tax affairs won’t drag us out of the economic mire.’ –  http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-problem-with-the-paradise-papers/20510

‘To make a long story short, I was excommunicated from social justice circles.’ – https://areomagazine.com/2017/11/07/on-campus-a-minority-and-reflecting-on-free-speech/

Tax avoidance is legal: http://www.cityam.com/275411/paradise-papers-coverage-shows-we-have-corrupted-view

What We’ve Learned from a Century of Communism: https://fee.org/articles/what-weve-learned-from-a-century-of-communism/

Does Evolutionary Psychology Promote Transphobia: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/homo-consumericus/201711/does-evolutionary-psychology-promote-transphobia

Why I’m Uneasy With the  #MeToo Movement: http://quillette.com/2017/11/09/im-uneasy-metoo-movement/

Feminists vs women? – http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/feminists-vs-women/20519

Socialism’s obsession with race: https://capx.co/socialisms-obsession-with-race/

The gender pay gap myth still persists despite repeated debunking: https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-fawcett-society-really-must-start-getting-this-right-about-the-gender-pay-gap

The scandal of ‘Remainergate’: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-priti-to-sex-pests-the-scandal-of-remainergate/20518

It’s not capitalism we need to defend, it’s freedom: http://theviewfromcullingworth.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/its-not-capitalism-we-need-to-defend.html

The Sock Fairy: http://takimag.com/article/the_sock_fairy_a_complicated_relationship_theodore_dalrymple

Why tax avoidance is not immoral: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/paradise-not-lost-why-tax-avoidance-is-not-immoral/

Why the initial hype about the impact of change is often wrong: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/amaras-law/

Why Clickbait Reporting is the Real Problem: https://areomagazine.com/2017/11/12/why-clickbait-reporting-is-the-real-problem-not-liberal-bias/

‘A century of Communism achieved four main results: poverty, oppression, war, and mass death. So why does anybody still think collectivism is ‘idealistic’?’: http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/07/wont-nightmare-dream-communism-die/ and see also: http://thebackbencher.co.uk/the-figures-that-show-how-communism-failed-in-russia/

And finally, some problems with cows: https://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/soft-focus/

 

[NB. These days it seems (unfortunately) obligatory to add that I don’t necessarily agree with the expressed views in these links, merely that I found them interesting enough to recommend them.]

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