by Tyler Cowen
on July 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm
1. Australia markets in everything, naval edition.
2. Profile of Mark Thoma.
3. Via Kat, the new Dan Ariely chapters.
4. Short WSJ write-up of (part of) Create Your Own Economy.
5. Does job retraining work?
6. Which movies impress professional stuntmen?
7. The culture that is German
Surely you mean “The culture that German is”?
Did you noted the socialism in everything : nude farm link in the german one?
Another reason some Germans are fascinated with
Indian culture may be that the ways of Germanic
tribes in ancient times were not dissimilar.
Plutarch reports that tribesmen leaped about
from crag to crag in icy conditions to
terrify the invading (and “civilized”) Romans.
In “Germania” the Roman historian Tacitus gave
an account of them. The desire to return
to the ways of our ancestors surfaces in different
forms. More permanently Rousseau celebrated
“the noble savage,” uncorrupted by civilization.
Thanks for the link to the NYT piece on Job Retraining. Always been skeptical of this — it ignores the fact that those who need it most may be least able to take best advantage of it.
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