Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Dismal Science

Here,are two articles which provide a simple example of there is a reason why economics can justly be called the dismal science*:

Any study that no one learns from is justly called dismal.

I'm not making this up, you know.**

*Thomas Carlyle in Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question, in which he was arguing for the reintroduction of slavery as a means to regulate the labor market in the West Indies.

Anna Russell.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Again, Schwer zu Sein a Yid

I was raised to be proud of the ADL because it was not just Jews fighting for Jews, but Jews fighting for everyone.

The organization has been drifting rightward or the years, and involving itself in international issues inappropriately, but I thought it was still trying to do this.

Given the  ADL's opposition to the possible Islamic Center (Cordoba House) near Ground Zero (see

The basically argue, yes a lot of opponents of mosque are bigots, but we should let them win anyway.  

Because of some "pain" people might feel.  Following this logic out would mean banning anyone appearing  Muslim or Arab from the ground zero area.

Never mind that  Cordoba House's charter is to "[promote] tolerance, reflecting the rich diversity of New York City," and the Muslims who also died in the attach on the Twin Towers.

I have a simple rule are either for liberty and against it.  And liberty either applies to everyone or to no one.

This is another example of what Peter Beinart was speaking about in The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.

"You shall not wrong a stranger [ger] or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Ex. 22:20).