Monthly Archives January 2011

The Promise/The Chosen

Image by giveawayboy via Flickr I recently read Chaim Potok‘s The Promise, and am now reading the book that preceded it, The Chosen. These are the first books by Potok I have ever read. I had never heard of Potok until a week or so ago. Then I read an article that mentioned Potok in […]

“The Last 3 Minutes…”

A powerful, short (actually 5 mins 18 secs) movie. “The Last 3 Minutes” Directed by Po Chan from Shane Hurlbut, ASC on Vimeo. Now watch how it was made on an off-the-shelf Canon EOS camera. Remarkable. What does this tell us about future trends? “The Last 3 Minutes” Behind the Scenes from Shane Hurlbut, ASC […]

The gift that keeps on giving…Your taxes!

Speaking of taxes, Trooper Thomson writes on the Englands Freedome, Souldiers Rights blog: PFI: Labour’s gift to future generations The Telegraph reports: “Official figures show that, under Private Finance Initiative [PFI] schemes, British taxpayers are committed to pay £229 billion for new hospitals, schools and other projects with a capital value of just £56 billion. Several contracts […]

What will they tax next?

Dr. Gary North writes: A major secret of successful taxation is to make it painless. To do this, taxes must be hidden. Governments tax output up the entire supply chain. The sellers collect the tax. The public does not perceive this. … This British video gets this idea across: we are taxed all day. It […]

How academics waste time, and how the Internet can help

A student just came to my office and asked about the history of the word “gentleman” – did I have a good definition? I assumed that he had looked up the word in a number of dictionaries (I checked, he said he had). I recalled reading something about the history of the word recently. It […]

How not to talk to young people

Speaking of hope, or more particularly of how important it is to give people legitimate hope, here’s a good example of how not to do it. This is an exchange between Milton Friedman and a supposedly young Michael Moore. I say “supposedly” because I don’t see any resemblance, not because I don’t think he’s really […]

Hope is a Theological virtue?

In the chapter on Hope, in Book Three of Mere Christianity, Christian apologist C.S. Lewis wrote, “Hope is one of the Theological virtues.” And that put me off right there. Don’t get me wrong. I admire C.S. Lewis in many ways, especially his erudition and the conversational style in which he writes (he writes as […]

I, Toaster

I, Pencil is a classic essay which instructs not only on the manufacturing process of even a “simple” product like a pencil but also on the free-market and capitalist system that alone allows such a complicated process to run efficiently. A young Brit, Thomas Thwaites, decided to see if it really is impossible for a […]

Study Economics online

Robert Murphy has an online course on Introduction to Economic Principles, run by the Mises Academy. It costs $150 and starts Jan. 26th, 2011, and lasts 10 weeks. Read more about it here. Details (and signup link) here. I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done […]

Intellectuals or socialists?

I’ve been blogging recently about Paul Johnson’s book “Intellectuals”. Johnson points out similarities between the intellectuals he has chosen to focus on, particularly similarities in their faults: they are self-deluded they believe they have a mission to change the world, to change other people’s thinking they lack self-awareness and humility they exploit their womenfolk something […]