Thursday assorted links

1. “The results indicate that yearly GDP growth rates are inflated by a factor of between 1.15 and 1.3 in the most authoritarian regimes.

2. Long, serious study of the Chinese social credit system.

3. Roger Scruton defends wine I call it a critique.  Here is another relevant take (NYT).

4. We’ve always been screwed up, by Ezra Klein.

5. Arnold Kling on the intellectual dark web.  I would suggest that the critical coverage of that Bari Weiss NYT piece has been weak, most of all under-informed and overly aggregative and showing relatively little familiarity with the people in question, some of whom are excellent and some of whom are not.

6. How do people feel about drones?


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