Assorted links

1. A Chinese attempt to bootstrap a fiat, state-contingent currency/insurance hybrid, I predict it will do less well than Bitcoin.

2. Peter Leeson paper on gypsies (pdf).  I am myself less inclined to favor a “rational” explanation in this case.

3. 42% of Americans unsure if ObamaCare is still law.

4. Interview with Knausgaard, Canadian.

5. The wisdom of David Brooks.

6. Janos Starker passes away at 88, and comparing Bush and Degas.


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