by Tyler Cowen
on August 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm
1. Jeff Miron is blogging again.
2. What makes a greenhouse gas, parts I and II; I've not seen this basic science angle discussed elsewhere.
3. Profile of Craig Newmark.
4. Don't think about the elephant.
5. What is the psychological dynamic of the politician?
6. The dangers ahead for Bernanke, a NYT symposium.
There is a part III to the Primer on Greenhouse Gases.
1. Why is Miron not blogging on Cato@Liberty?
3. I was hoping it would be a profile of Craig Newmark from Newmark’s Door.
RE: Don’t think about the elephant: The last sentence of the article are: “He (Kennedy) made up for it (killing a young woman) partly by declining the ultimate glory of running for president, and choosing the more humble path—helping the underclass using the slow, steady machinery of the Senate.”
1. He did run for president. He was going to run two more times but was talked out of it for expediency, not altruistic reasons.
2. Humble? Really? His attacks on anyone in his way, of either party, were legendary. (Read the “Robert Bork’s America” speech some day.)
3. Helping the underclass? Really?
That Kennedy article has to be a joke – he made up for killing a girl by leading a humble, unassuming life as a US Senator? Are we really giving him credit for destroying his own Presidential ambitions?
Except he did run for president. She’s making a ridiculous argument and she’s ignorant.
Julius Caesar said a long time ago that he
would rather be first man in a village than
be second in Rome. But it would be hard to
dispute that he made important political
contributions: harnesing ego and the public
good. Of that good there are many versions of
Lyndon Johnson was certainly a mover and
a shaker, for many years in the Senate and later
in the White House. As a powerful Senator he was
pleased to be the first to have a phone in his
car. Not to be outdone Senator Dirksen, his
opposite on the Republican side, phoned LBJ
from his car. But LBJ, who disliked being
outdone, immediately said, “Just a minute, Ev,
I am on the other phone in the car.”
Despite Plato, philosophers seldom become kings,
in part because they are no good at compromise.
Marcus Aurelius may be the closest to a
philosopher-king there has been: see his
Ever notice how well off our underclass is today? What a thriving productive culture exists among Americas newly formed and ever-growing sub-proletariat. Well Ted Kennedy helped create that! Next time you are talking with your progressive buddies about today’s decreasing inequality, or enjoying the peaceful and law and order of a Detroit summer day, take a moment to thank Senator Ted.
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