Quod Libet: Why recessions happen. AKA The Austrian theory of the business cycles, made easy. It really should be obvious. All those math-geek economists should be flogged.
hbdchick: Why Europe? She quotes a wonderful book on how in Europe, the Church declared war on clannishness and won, in China the Buddhist monasteries declared war… and lost to Confucian clans.
Andor Jakab: Made famous by his Why I don’t give you a job, do yourself a favor and read his whole blog. Hungary is quickly devolving into Third World status it seems. I should be cheering for Hungary’s new dictator, but Moldbug is right: populism is as ugly as democracy. Its the same thing really.
Zhainan was very kind and posted a short post on how atheism is unsound. I’m not sold in that mysticism is onto something but I’m open to the idea.
Roosh on Scandinavian collectivism. Roosh is a fine man who is doing a lot of evil; but he knows it, and I always enjoy reading his conflicted writing. And I can’t help feeling a tiny bit of schadenfraude when seeing him fail, trying to do what some part of all of us really wants to do.
No-sword on Japanese pronouns. Japanese basically has no pronouns, but a set of words which are used to refer to oneself or others depending on the hierarchy of the moment. So much for language universals and HNU.
The Social patologist: Americans are overworked. Damn right they are.
On the same topic, I dug up a link at Zhainan’s to a pretty insightful blog, 6 Heretics way. This quote struck on this post struck me:
Already, the 40 hour workweek is a myth.
People in salaried jobs commonly put in 12-16 hours a day.
A monthly salary is a blank check for an employer: the employee ends up working as many hours as they possibly can. The employer then gets to hire less people.
Furthermore, no one creating a job wants to have their best worker work only 30 hours in order to share time with someone less competent. Equal distributions of jobs or hours can’t work in an unequal marketplace.
What really happens then is that only the most desirable people end up with real work to do while most of the rest of the population is underemployed or idle. The elite employers and employed won’t support an unskilled, unneeded, disruptive underclass forever.
Indeed, this statement rings very true to me. I think we could still fix our workforce by drilling them into proper behaviour, but computing is making large swathes of the Bell Curve useless, besides domestic service. But who wants servants with so many cool appliances around?