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Mass Killings and the Economic Approach to Human Behavior

Economics of Crime
Contributing Guest
by Pierre Lemieux Whether or not mass killings without Islamist terrorism are on an upward trend is a debated question. In their article "Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown," criminologists James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLateur argue that,... MORE

Caplan on Communism

David Henderson
Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, "socialism" and "communism" were synonyms. Both referred to economic systems in which the government owns the means of production. The two terms diverged in meaning largely as a result of the political theory... MORE

Attacking Civilians in War

moral reasoning
Contributing Guest
by Pierre Lemieux The more democratic the state is, the smaller the difference between its rulers, combatants, and civilians, and the more justifiable should be a deliberate attack on the latter, ceteris paribus. A recent article by Scott D. Sagan... MORE

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
David Henderson
In a comment on a recent blog post I wrote on United Airlines, The Original CC highlighted one of my sentences and wrote: You seem to be the master of deescalation. Can you explain this interaction and what you... MORE

A recent Vox post asked 17 experts for their views on the risks posed by artificial intelligence. Bryan Caplan was grouped with those who views might be described as more complacent, or perhaps less complacent, depending on whether you define... MORE

Brennan Admits Unintended Consequences of U.S. Intervention

Unintended Consequences
David Henderson
But will anyone listen? In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda. This is a quote from CIA Director John Brennan... MORE

Will and O'Sullivan on Conquest

Book Club
Alberto Mingardi
National Review has published two outstanding articles on Robert Conquest. George Will writes that if books can change history, Conquest's certainly did. Will quotes one flabbergasting passage from "The Great Terror." The context is the preparation for the great purge... MORE

About two weeks ago, I challenged the following brief statement by Arnold Kling: We can also find this normative analysis among libertarians. Blaming terrorism on blowback for foreign intervention. Arnold was claiming that many libertarians are finding government intervention in... MORE

That terrible people do terrible things does not mean that good people can stop them without ultimately making matters worse. I think Bryan's "Common-Sense Case for Pacifism" is relevant to the President's claim that we will "degrade and ultimately destroy"... MORE

Talk this Morning: "More Immigrants, Please"

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Art Carden
I'm speaking this morning to the New Horizons Program at UAB--a lifelong education program for senior citizens--on immigration. My outline and bibliography are here. I'll discuss jobs, wages, culture, crime--and the eugenic origins of immigration restrictions. I'm also going to... MORE

If I Were a Global Utilitarian...

moral reasoning
Garett Jones
...I'd probably push for an incredibly stringent anti-hijacker policy.  After all, the last time a few individuals hijacked U.S. planes, it genuinely caused a war in Afghanistan and substantially raised the probability of a war in Iraq.  Massive loss of civilian... MORE

Bryan takes me to task for my prediction that free market airline security would still be rigorous and intrusive.  His prediction:'s one massive cost-cutting, convenience-raising change I'd predict in a free market: Profiling.  Private security firms would still claim to... MORE

Alex and some of the internet are noting that airline security might cost lives and does cost liberty. Yglesias asks one counterfactual: How many airplanes would be "blown up by terrorists" if there were no airline security?  I might have... MORE

Kling and Schulz on Airline Security

Arnold Kling
We write, The security process needs several things it is lacking. It needs continuous adaptation, with a strong focus on satisfying customers and improving results. It needs to find new and better methods of meeting the demands of customers who... MORE

The Brains of TSA

David Henderson
Lesley Stahl did a moderately good job on "60 Minutes" this evening in her story on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Why good and why just moderate? Good for two reasons. First, she actually interviewed a critic who pointed out... MORE

Surveillance and Terrorism

Arnold Kling
Richard Posner writes, warrantless searches are permissible as long as they are reasonable. The potential abuses of warrantless surveillance can be minimized, without judicial intervention, by rules limiting the use of intercepted communications to national security, requiring that the names... MORE

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