Assorted links

by on August 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. More on David Wessel's book on the Fed.

2. In defense of Goldman Sachs.

3. Rose Wilder Lane and her mother.

4. Markets in everything: A poet/lawyer has
started a consulting group to help writers with their
applications/portfolios to creative writing MFA/PhD programs.  Here is one negative reaction, here is more on the dispute.

5. G.A. Cohen has passed away.

1 TrenchFoot August 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm


You once wrote that G.A. Cohen was on your “totally wrong about everything” list. I’m curious to know why (although it’s possible that now is not the appropriate time.)

2 Gabe August 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

It is because they are writing checks to themselves and the account that is covering the checks they write is our projected cash flows and the ability of the armed government agents to extract more cash flow from our children in the future.

In case you can’t tell, most people that are mad at Goldman Sachs are also mad at the government.

3 Dan August 6, 2009 at 4:41 pm


I think Nozick only mentions it once (p.172 for ASU geeks), but I don’t think that’s enough reason to dismiss Cohen’s book on Self-Ownership. In my opinion all libertarians should read it, if not only because it is full of arguments challenging our way of looking at things but also because it is, in its own funny way, one of the most pro-libertarian books out there. Plus the chapters on Marxism are excellent (particularly the argument that the principle of SO is latent in classical Marxism) and have provided me with much entertainment in making my more left-leaning friends squirm.

4 anon August 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm

3 concludes: Fellman concludes, “The popularity of the Little House books . . . helped create a constituency for politicians like Reagan who sought to unsettle the so-called liberal consensus established by New Deal politics.” Considering the outcome of the November election, and the present debacle of laissez-faire capitalism, that popularity may have peaked. On the other hand, it may not have. Hard times whet the appetite for survival stories.

Yikes! The “present debacle of laissez-faire capitalism”! Bet the editor insisted on taking out “unrestrained” or “unbridled”.

Considering the polls of late, I don’t think the President and Congress should be too sanguine. You know, considering the role of the government in the present debacle and all.

5 Andrew August 6, 2009 at 7:41 pm

4. What exactly is the difference between a service that helps you succeed in a writing program and…well…a writing program?

Could that be a poem?

6 R. Pointer August 7, 2009 at 4:28 am

As I commented on one of their blogs

ALS:MFA::MFA:Writing Career?

Am I missing something?

7 farmer August 7, 2009 at 8:39 am

nothing speaks as eloquently about the absurd over saturation of the legal market as someone with a JD thinking hustling potential poets is their best option

8 anon August 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

nothing speaks as eloquently about the absurd over saturation of the legal market as someone with a JD thinking hustling potential poets is their best option

And not “just a JD” but a JD from one of the top law schools, Harvard.

Which confirms that way too many people go to law school because they can’t figure out anything else to do with a liberal arts degree. Too bad you can’t make money selling encyclopedias door to door anymore – we’d likely have fewer law students….

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