Saturday, July 09, 2016

"Is Britain becoming too diverse to sustain the mutual obligations behind a good society and the welfare state?"

Thoughts about post-Brexit Britain. The anxiety was noted back in 2004, by David Goodhart
The diversity, individualism and mobility that characterise developed economies – especially in the era of globalisation – mean that more of our lives is spent among strangers. Ever since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago, humans have been used to dealing with people from beyond their own extended kin groups. The difference now in a developed country like Britain is that we not only live among stranger citizens but we must share with them. We share public services and parts of our income in the welfare state, we share public spaces in towns and cities where we are squashed together on buses, trains and tubes, and we share in a democratic conversation – filtered by the media – about the collective choices we wish to make. All such acts of sharing are more smoothly and generously negotiated if we can take for granted a limited set of common values and assumptions. But as Britain becomes more diverse that common culture is being eroded.
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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Baker signs public access law

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Robert Gordon's magisterial work on economic growth has made it to the top of my reading stack. 

He is becoming one of my favorite economists.  

Here's Ed Glaeser's review from the Wall Street Journal.

Readings in Economics

Frank's selected readings in Economics

Fabian Christandl, Detlef Fetchenhauer, How laypeople and experts misperceive the effect of economic growth

Understanding Say's Law of Markets Steve Horwitz


Paul Rubin Folk Economics

Peter Klein's review of Mirowski's Against Mechanism: Protecting Economics from Science Summer 1990 Austrian Economics Newsletter

David Friedman Price Theory an Intermediate Text Chapter 2

Six ways to separate lies from statistics Stevenson and Wolfers May 1, 2013



David Bowie at his most mysterious.

Hat tip to PitchFork.




Monday, July 20, 2015

Frank Zappa-Apostrophe'




An awesome Zappa instrumental featuring Jack Bruce.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Two Popes One World Cup: Non-fan Benedict vs. Francis

Pope Benedict isn't into soccer. His homeland is favored to win. He,  however, is indifferent. Francis needs to ask for a miracle for Argentina, given the way Germany has been  playing lately. 



Vatican calls for global ceasefire during World Cup final - Telegraph

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Yes - Close To The Edge

One of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

In 2013 we lost Alvin Lee, R.I.P. guitar hero

In the mid-seventies my first rock concert was a headliner by Ten Years After at the Boston Garden. Alvin Lee toiled in the spotlight and on the margins. He will be missed.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

An absolutely delightful musical experience: PFM live with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull


I've been a fan since the age of 14 by way of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.  This Italian band is very easy on the ears. Phenomenal stuff. Ian Anderson joins in.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Can someone name this tune?

Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists in at about 0:40 of this clip.