by Tyler Cowen
on October 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm
1. Is it possible that sadists enjoy hurting other people less? (Hint: it is relative shadow prices that matter)
2. WaPo video interview with me.
3. Fast food drive thrus are getting slower.
4. Bryan Caplan offers a primer on malemployment.
5. Krugman on whether trade growth will slow permanently. And Krugman on the gains from global trade.
6. A future of mass surveillance?
Tyler, dude…either get a wig or shave it all, this middle of the road hair-island thing isn’t working for you.
Tyler avoids restaurants with beautiful women anyways. I don’t think he cares.
Yeah but beautiful women find TC appealing, since he’s in a first-world country (the USA) where stability is prized hence married wimps are valued. Here in the third-world (Philippines for me at the moment) I score well since I have the body of a Greek god, and am taller than average. Little do they know or care I am in fact an intellectual geek like Tyler.
BTW the WaPo reporter was funny in the way she over-emphasized the first syllable of every other word when quoting from Tyler’s book–this is a standard rhetorical device designed to keep your interest from flagging.
‘So far, attempts to control surveillance have generally failed. ‘
The Germans, whose experience with surveillance is world class, continue to push back quite vigorously.
And thanks to the NSA, a lot of interest in German based privacy concepts is being expressed – not that one will ever read about it in the Post. Let’s just say the BSI is a good source for high quality encryption products that do not meet the NSA’s standards for acceptable use – https://www.bsi.bund.de/cln_156/EN/Home/home_node.html
#6: I like to point out that Orwell got pretty much everything wrong about the future. The state is not an oppressive violent slave master. It is the omnipresent Mary Poppins, checking in on everyone to make sure they eat their broccoli. They also make sure you are happy and contented. Huxley pretty much nailed in Brave New World. This will not be imposed upon us. The people will demand it.
Well, there’s plenty of violence and physical repression. We have gigantic prison populations, indefinite detention, SWAT raids ostensibly to check permits, drone strikes and assassination. They just aren’t a universal experience. The people who have to deal with them as day-to-day possibilities are disenfranchised populations of one kind or another. When they’re targeted against more influential types, society comes up with enough of a fig leaf to avoid general outrage.
I thought a recent article about asset forfeiture (here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/08/12/130812fa_fact_stillman?currentPage=all ) does a pretty good job of showing that even in places where asset forfeiture is deployed on a very broad basis, it’s still avoids (for the most part) influential people who can raise a fuss successfully.
And this is the US of A. With students being charged under the patriot act for drawings, take away all the people fighting it for a year and then see where we are. Better yet, don’t.
And the people “demanding” it is a stretch and quite the same as in 1984 with the fake enemies. Lie to the people constantly using their money and lo and behold they don’t always know the truth.
I find both the article and Z’s comment double plus good! Don’t you?
On slower fast food.
An index or real restaurant sales per restaurant employee has fallen sharply in recent times.
It is now at 96.4 vs. 103.2 in December, 2006 ( 1992=100).
Hurting people is exciting!” That’s the sort of screening question which should be used to detect bored undergraduates that intend to subvert the purposes of the study. And yet, most of the putative science of psychology is based on studies just like this one.
Only a sadist could take pleasure in intentionally subverting a psychological study.
#6: The surveillance state cannot administer something as plain as red-light violations without creating a swamp of abuse and inequity (see Los Angeles). More ambitious excursions ought to be a delight.
I’m shocked you would claim the red light ticketing represents abuse! These programs are outsourced to the private for profit sector because everyone knows the for profit sector is higher quality and lower cost than government.
It is. Even for extortion.
Lest you discount the menace of slow fast food drive-thrus: http://www.11alive.com/news/article/288918/40/Cop-in-slow-McDonalds-line-accused-of-aiming-gun-at-customer-ahead-of-him
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