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December 29, 2008



#2: You've just mentioned it here. Pretty funny idea, though I'd imagine not as uncommon or plausible as many other of your ideas.

#4: Vaughan from MindHacks usually just provides links without too much commentary. I haven't read his book, so I don't know how excellent his mind is. I am getting tired of Eliezer's verbose sci-fi stuff.

#6: What "majoritarian mythology" were you referring to? The discussion of white kids as being of the majority culture? It's possible that they replicated these experiments in another culture, perhaps Asians, but I forget whether that was mentioned. What is the first principle myth that disagreers nontransparently agree on?

#7: I don't recall the Dershowitz-Kudlow thing. Googling I get unrelated stuff involving Larry Kudlow.

#8: I might have pointed this out earlier, but the link has since gone dead and you'll have to find it at the internet archive:

#9: I recall that being a point of contention between Walt/Mearsheimer and their critics. They devote more attention to that issue in their response to critics (which can find from here) than the book itself though. I don't think the Saudis are really fighting against Zionists. It's among the most conservative of Arab states and the longest allied with the U.S and has been at peace with Israel for a while. The anti-Israel stuff Arab regimes engage in is intended for the consumption of their own people. It's likely that they want to privilege a more Saudi-centric variety of Islam though. I've heard that British children of Bengali descent have stopped wearing traditional Bengali clothing in favor of what the British consider more typically "Muslim".

#10: Bryan Caplan has pointed out how the welfare state goes primarily to the elderly rather than the poor:

#11: God and the Devil don't exist, silly.

#12: What was fake about it? He really did lose his position despite his importance to Cold Springs.

Your heresy 1 and 2 aren't that uncommon. 1 is usually promoted by those who say race is just a social construct. Steve Sailer investigated it here:
Bryan Caplan and Will Wilkinson are fond of pointing out heresy 2 in their attacks on the Rawlsian welfare state based on national borders. They think third-worlders are much more deserving than the poor in the first world. I think Tyler Cowen has also made that point.


Ilya Somin responds to Bryan Caplan's labelling of the law as "phony":


In case you don't feel like going through archive.org, I've mirrored the page here:

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