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Some links

  1. Arnold Kling’s books of the year. I’ve only read Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic from the list of 2016 books but Kling also mentions the 2014 book The Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri. Both of those are relevant to 2016. The book on Greenspan looks interesting. The Man Who Knew by Sebastian Mallaby won the FT and McKinsey business book of the year award. Here is an interview between a Financial Times reporter and Mallaby.
  2. Reason magazine reviews an interesting looking book on the life and times of those who lived at one of the most prominent American communes during the 1970s. I thought it was a rather sympathetic review and the book sounds an interesting attempt at understanding the motivations behind those who signed up for such an existence. Oh, and Bernie Sanders visited the commune but “his tendency to just sit around talking politics and avoid actual physical labor got him the boot”.
  3. Ten Economic Principles to keep in mind. Features analysis of immigration, globalisation, progress and “the long run”.
  4. How Tyler Cowen would advise Donald Trump if he wanted more illegal immigration: “I would start by recommending an enormous new program of fiscal stimulus and construction. Let’s rebuild our roads, bridges and power grids, and put up some new infrastructure as well, including perhaps an unfinished border wall.”
  5. I stumbled this weekend upon youtube book reviewer Thugnotes. He does amusing reviews of some absolute classic texts. I’ve only watched a couple but both were entertaining and the synopsis and analysis was entirely on point. Worth a cheeky watch when you have some spare time and could do with a light hearted refresher of some classic text. Here he is on George Orwell’s anti-totalitarian classic 1984.

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