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A Trump advisor named David Friedman has been announced as his choice for ambassador to Israel. At least one news story on the event had my picture, and I have just gotten an invitation from the Indian embassy to a Hanukkah event. Not me. But the P...
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It All Depends Whose Ox is Gored
Recent news stories claim that Russia attempted to influence the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. How accurate the claim is I don't know. What seems clear is that the reaction of Americans is that doing that is wrong, cheating, meddling in our affair...
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Sounds like a tu quoque fallacy to me.
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One Argument for the Electoral Vote System
An advantage of the present system that I have not seen discussed is that it reduces the problem of vote fraud. Stealing votes is easiest in a state dominated by a single party, the sort of place where the Republican poll watchers probably work for the Demo...
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Doesn't it reduce the problem of voter fraud in the exact same way that it reduces the impact of most voters?
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Four Possible Trumps
1. The Nightmare. A wild man who offends all our allies and enemies and everyone else and declares war on Kyrgystan to punish it for being too hard to spell. 2. Promise Keeper/Paladin of the Right.   Trade barriers up, immigration down, many illegals expell...
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Wishful Thinking on Election Night
I've been saying for some time that the least bad outcome there is any reasonable chance of getting from this unfortunate election is Hilary Clinton in the White House but both houses of congress held by the Republicans. It occurred to me that one possible ...
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Yeah, agreed. This would keep you-know-who out of the White House, yet moderate the supreme court picks.
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If the King's Friends Can Get Away With Murder
Quite a long time ago, I published an article on the legal system of 18th century England. On paper, it was our legal system–indeed, where our system came from. But there were no police, no public prosecutors, and criminal prosecution was almost entirely en...
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A few weeks ago I had a debate on anarchy with James Scott, a writer whose books I find interesting. Robert Ellickson was moderator cum participant. It has now been webbed . I have read two of Scott's books. One, The Art of Not Being Governed , is about the...
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Right, I meant that the NPT is not as much like UBI as a NIT... but wrote that wrong the first time, although you clearly understood. I edited to correct the typo.

The NPT has all the benefits of expanding the EITC except it doesn't discriminate by marital status, occurs in every paycheck, and directly offsets the most regressive tax in the US, the payroll tax.

I have to say I was astonished when I found out Milton had supported the negative income tax, completely. I wonder how I got through so many classes not learning that.
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"Absolutely zero humans thought to simply give everyone what they want in separate spaces."

I gather you haven't read the final chunk of Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia.
Most people are egalitarians — they believe in equality. A tiny few are racial nationalists. Of the second type, all of them, whether black nationalist, white nationalist, or Zionist, believe in the same thing; a homeland for...
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In The Bible White People Are Lepers, Edomites…?
Posted by Lena On July 09, 2013 534 Comments
albino

Leprosy in the Holy Bible is referring to white skin, meaning the white people in Biblical days were called leprous. Leprosy is also called a curse in the scriptures. Leprosy today is called albinoism.

Leviticus 13:13

Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean.

In Number 12:9-10, Miriam turns leprous;

And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Vitiligo is a skin condition in which there is loss of pigmentation. It’s basically patches of white skin. Some suggest that this was consider unclean leprosy in the scriptures.

vitiligo

The evolution of the white race is written in the Bible and they are not all related.
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More Inventions I Would Like To See
A Still Better Shower The conventional controls for a shower or sink consist of one for hot water, one for cold. Getting your preferred mix is a process of trial and error adjustment, repeated every time you take a shower or wash your hands. An improved ver...
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Such taps are common in Europe. <https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001LF1KGG> has a nice video showing how they work.
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Silver Lining?
This was not my least bad among the possible electoral outcomes. But now that it has happened, it is worth looking at whether anything good might come of it. I see three possibilities: 1. Trump might turn out to be better than I expect. Judging by the campa...
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A reasoned, non-hysterical article. I appreciate that.
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Ruins in the Southwest, a Query
I am currently working on a book on legal systems very different from ours, one chapter of which deals with the Plains Indians. One of my sources is an account by someone who was captured by Comanche, spent three years as their slave, and eventually escaped...
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My Recent Talks
I recently gave several talks at Southeast Missouri State University, and videos have now been webbed: For a class on the principles of microeconomics. For a class on contemporary legal issues On what economics has to do with law For a reading group on "Fre...
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I am an economist who teaches at a law school. I also write books, maintain a blog and web site, argue with people online, cook from very old recipes, do a certain amount of medieval/renaissance woodwork and jewelry, tell medieval stories around a campfire, ... .
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    Professor of Law, present
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I am an academic economist who teaches in a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.
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I'm an academic economist, teach in a law school, have never taken a course for credit in either field.

Interests include poetry, medieval cooking, science fiction and fantasy, computers, and much else.

I also write books.

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Helped rear two of the world's most wonderful children. Both home unschooled.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971