Austrian economics: worse than expected — Review of Democracy, the God that failed (Hoppe)

After reading a book defending limitations to free trade/protectionism, it was time for something completely different. So I looked around after any current, well-regarded (in their circles) Austrian libertarian economist. Because I know many ancap people, I just picked one of those they often mentioned: Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Looking over his Wikipedia profile, you’d probably get the general…

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Paper: The impact of genetic enhancement on equality (Michael H. Shapiro)

The impact of genetic enhancement on equality found via another paper: The rhetoric and reality of gap closing—when the “have-nots” gain but the “haves” gain even more (Stephen J. Ceci and Paul B. Papierno), which i was reading becus i was reading varius papers on Linda Gottfredson’s homepage. Abstract: There apparently  is a genuine  possibility  that …

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Quotes and thoughts: Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance (Ilya Somin)

Very interesting two papers by Somin! I will definitely check out his other stuff when i have time. I just took the time off reading papers before i start reading book #2 on patents (Against Intellectual Monopoly). Deliberative Democracy and Political Ignorance –   ABSTRACT: Advocates of ‘‘deliberative democracy’’ want citizens to actively participate in…

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Quotes and comments: Knowledge about ignorance: New directions in the study of political information (Ilya Somin)

Knowledge About Ignorance New Directions in the Study of Political Information Quotes from   If political ignorance is rational and most voters choose not to learn much about politics for that reason, widespread ignorance is a phenom- enon that democracies will probably have to live with for the foresee- able future. The challenge for democracy…

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Reading material about: evidence-based policy

First read: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence-based_policy Then, Mad Cows and Ecstasy: Chance and Choice in an Evidence-Based Society by: Adrian F. M. Smith Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (Statistics in Society), Vol. 159, No. 3. (1996), pp. 367-383, doi:10.2307/2983324 Mad cows and ecstacy chance and choice in an evidence-based society “Most of us with rationalist…

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Recent paper about democracy and self-assessment/Dunning-Kruger

More mainstream article that mentioned the study: news.yahoo.com/people-arent-smart-enough-democracy-flourish-scientists-185601411.html The actual paper: A Mathematical Model of Democratic Elections Original Dunning-Kruger paper: unskilledandunaware “Abstract: Democratic election is the preferred method for determining political administrators nowadays. The intention is to find the best possible leader in order to improve the group’s competitiveness and success. Though preferred, democratic election…

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