Hvorfor venstresiden burde lære seg å elske liberalisme

De to beste setningene jeg har lest i dag:

Pursuing pro-market reforms does not imply facing a trade-off between efficiency and social justice. In this sense, pro-market policies are “left wing”, if that means reducing the economic privileges enjoyed by “insiders”.

Fra artikkelen «Why the Left should learn to love liberalism» skrevet av de to italienske økonomene Alesina og Giazazzi, som også har skrevet en bok om dette temaet. Denne burde definitivt legges på nattbordet til Martin Kolberg.

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Høy inntektskatt hindrer likestilling

Hvorfor tjener kvinner mindre enn menn? En av grunnene kommer Harvard-økonomen Alberto Alesina og Andrea Ichino fra Universitet i Bologna indirekte inn på i en artikkel i FT:

The supply of labour of women is more responsive to their after tax wage, so a reduction in taxes increases the labour participation of women substantially. Men’s labour supply is more rigid so an increase in taxes does not reduce their labour supply by much, if at all.

Når marginalskatten heves, slutter flere kvinner enn menn å arbeide, tjener (enda) mindre, og blir mer hjemme. Og motsatt: når marginalskatten senkes, vil fler kvinner enn menn arbeide mer, og minske lønnsforskjellene.

Sagt med andre ord: høy, progressiv inntektsskatt skyver kvinner ut av arbeid og hindrer likestilling.

(Via Free Exchange)

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Voldemort: -Nei til fritt skolevalg!

‘Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,’ he replied. ‘That was announced yesterday. It’s a change because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred. This way, Voldemort will have the whole wizarding population under his eye from a young age.’

Dette er pur ondskap!

(Via MR)

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Hvordan (ikke) skrive om Afrika

Binyavanga Wainana skriver om hvordan man bør skrive om Afrika i et blad utgitt av DFID (UKs svar på Norad).

Tre høydepunkter:

Always use the word «Africa» or «Darkness» or «Safari» in your title. Subtitles may include the words «Zanzibar», «Masai», «Zulu», «Zambezi», «Congo», «Nile», «Big», «Sky», «Shadow», «Drum», «Sun» or «Bygone». Also useful are words such as «Guerrillas», «Timeless», «Primordial» and «Tribal».

Whichever angle you take, be sure to leave the strong impression that without your intervention and your important book, Africa is doomed.

You’ll also need a nightclub called Tropicana, where mercenaries, evil nouveau riche Africans and prostitutes and guerrillas and expats hang out. Always end your book with Nelson Mandela saying something about rainbows or renaissances. Because you care.

(Via iPienso)

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«To be or to do?» av Oberst John R. Boyd

«Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road,” he said. “And you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go.”

He raised his hand and pointed.

“If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.”

Then Boyd raised his other hand and pointed another direction.

“Or you can go that way and you can do something – something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference.”

He paused and stared into the officer’s eyes and heart.

“To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do. Which way will you go?»

Via D-N-I.net

Col. John Boyd

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Grønnvasking: Kjøp deg miljøvennlig!

Greenwashing

Via iPienso

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Global oppvarming eller ny istid?

Går vi mot en ny istid eller mot global oppvarming? Vel, det riktige svaret på det får man i hvertfall ikke fra avisen. Her er fire avisoverskrifter fra New York Times fra de siste 100 år:

Sept. 18, 1924 “MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age”

March 27, 1933 “America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776”

May 21, 1974 “Scientists Ponder Why World’s Climate is Changing: A Major Cooling Widely Considered to be Inevitable”

Dec. 27, 2005 “Past Hot Times Hold Few Reasons to Relax About New Warming”

Men i følge et ferskt paper fra International Institute of Forecasters, så bør vi heller ikke stole på IPCCs spådommer. Forfatterene av paperet finner at IPCCs prognoser bryter 72 prinsipper for korrekte vitenskapelige prognoser. Mange av bruddene var i seg selv kristiske for utfallet. De konkluderer med at prognosene er uvitenskapelige: «In effect, they were the opinions of scientists transformed by mathematics and obscured by complex writing.»

I konklusjonen skriver de:

People will continue to believe that serious manmade global warming exists as they will continue to believe other things that have no scientific support (e.g., the biblical creation story, astrology, minimum wages to help poor people, and so on), and public opinion can be intense on such issues. Public policy makers should, however, be concerned with how to move away from emotions and towards rational scientific analysis.

One might say that it is important to consider steps to prevent global warming, but we have the same level of confidence in saying that we should take steps to prevent global cooling.

(Via EconLog)

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