As measured by page views the most popular MR post this year was my post on how there is one law for the police and another for the rest of us, Get Out of Jail Free Cards.
Second was Tyler Cowen’s 12 Rules for Life. Number seven on Tyler’s list, “Learn how to learn from those who offend you,” caught my eye today but there’s much wisdom throughout.
The third most popular post was by neither Tyler, myself, nor a guest blogger but rather by a MR commentator, One smart guy’s frank take on working in some of the major tech companies.
One of my favorite posts was fourth, Lessons from “The Profit”. The new season of The Profit has started and continues to be of interest. All IO economists should watch.
Number five was another one of my favorites Why Sexism and Racism Never Diminish–Even When Everyone Becomes Less Sexist and Racist.
Tyler’s excellent analysis of the North Korean deal shows why he is an important thinker in foreign policy, able to see beyond the headlines, The North Korean summit and deal.
A second MR commentator had another top post, Will truckers be automated? (from the comments).
Tyler doesn’t like to write the kind of post that came in at number 8 but these posts are always popular which is one reason Tyler doesn’t like to write them. The five most influential public intellectuals?
Number 9 was a useful post, Why are antiques now so cheap?
Other notable posts from Tyler included:
- Should we Censor Porn?
- The high-return activity of raising others’ aspirations,
- Has there been progress in philosophy?
- Ten favorite Science Fiction Novels
- Underrated Libertarian Thinkers.
Other notable posts from me included:
- Direct Instruction: A Half Century of Research Shows Superior Results
- Do Boys Have a Comparative Advantage in Math and Science?
- The Uber Pay Gap
- Collective Action Kills Innovation
- Blockchains and the Opportunity of the Commons
Overall, I’d say it was a notable year for MR commentators! Congratulations! What were your favorite, or least favorite, MR posts of 2018?