Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Daily Dozen

  1. The Kindle DX is set for a release date of June 10th. That just happens to be the same day as Apple's next conference? Coincidence or something else?
  2. Lifehacker readers pick their five best netbooks.
  3. How repugnance inhibits market design.
  4. Is the world's economic center moving to Asia? Gary Becker and Richard Posner weigh in.
  5. How the brain responds to music.
  6. Barack Obama's Facebook feed.
  7. Economists, auctions, and the politicians that oppose them.
  8. Motivational posters: Theodore Roosevelt edition.
  9. Living abroad gives you a creative edge in problem solving. I wonder if working as the only American in a 500-man division of a Japanese company has the same effect?
  10. The war on the war on abortion.
  11. Thoughts on the Human Development Index -- a criticism and a defense.
  12. Quote of the Day: "It is easy to lie with statistics, but easier to lie without them." -- Frederick Mosteller

1 comment:

thinking said...

Re Megan McArdle: there is no "war on the war on abortion." I don't see any one gunning down pro-life advocates.

The only evidence McArdle cites are some left wing bloggers calling for more permissive policies regarding abortion out of spite, but that will go nowhere. I see no public officials advocating this; this is a phony controversy.

There really shouldn't be a "war on abortion" either. Civilization depends on rule of law. As odious as abortion is, it is legal. One can work to change the law peacefully; that's what civilization and democracy are all about. Hate filled rhetoric can only lead to negative outcomes.

Hilzoy is right:
"If anyone who believes the government had adopted a policy that would lead to the killing of innocent people is justified in killing people to stop this, then we might as well just decide not to have a government at all. During the Bush administration, half the country would have been justified in trying to assassinate the President and members of his administration."

The fringes of the far left did sometimes go too far in opposing the Vietnam war and had good intentions as well. The Vietnam war produced enormous casualties, many of them civilian.

It seems some on the fringes of the far right are determined to make the same mistake in using violence to express their opposition to abortion.

For most people, there is a vigorous political debate on abortion. Those "at war" need to rethink the way in which they have framed the issue and find more constructive terms.