Entries by Ed Walker

The Problem of Liberal Elites Part 2 On Trade

Paul Krugman begins his 1993 defense of NAFTA by insulting its opponents gratuitously and wrongly. Then he offers the readers of Foreign Policy the defense of trade treaties they love. The truth about NAFTA may be summarized in five propositions: • NAFTA will have no effect on the number of jobs in the United States; […]

The Problem of the Liberal Elites Part 1

As I pointed out in this post, conservative elites have completely lost their minds. But liberal elites have problems as well. The problem is more complex with liberals, and it will take several posts of reasonable length to get into it. To make things concrete, I’m going to begin with the liberal approach to trade, […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Index to All Posts

This post will be updated with all posts on The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt. Here’s a copy of this book. All page numbers correspond to that version Posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude On the Twilight of Conservative Elite Pundits

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude On the Twilight of Conservative Elites Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude Defining Elites

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on The Commons Capitalism Versus The Social Commons (published at Naked […]

Thomas Piketty On the Democratic Primary

In an article in The Guardian, Thomas Piketty says that Bernie Sanders represents a real hope for the adoption of the tax policies Piketty lays out in Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty calls for higher and steeply progressive income taxes and a high estate tax, which he thinks will lead to a reduction in […]

Pfizer’s Vision of R&D

Recently I saw Ian Read, the CEO of Pfizer, on CNBC explaining that the Pfizer/Allergan merger would enable the combined companies to spend more on research and development of new drugs. He also confirmed that Pfizer raised prices on at least 105 drugs for no apparent reason. You can watch a small part of the […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 5: Artistic and Intellectual Elites and the Rise of Fascism

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on The Commons Capitalism Versus The Social Commons (published at Naked […]

The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on Right-Wing Authoritarianism

Previous posts in this series: The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 1: Introduction. The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 2: Antisemitism The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on the Tea Party The Origins of Totalitarianism Part 3: Superfluous Capital and Superfluous People The Origins of Totalitarianism: Interlude on The Commons Capitalism Versus The Social Commons (published at Naked […]

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