Quotable (#220)

Mother Jones on the other America, that’s poking back through:

Although the DeVoses have rarely commented on how their religious views affect their philanthropy and political activism, their spending speaks volumes. Mother Jones has analyzed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation’s tax filings from 2000 to 2014, as well as the 2001 to 2014 filings from her parents’ charitable organization, the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. (Betsy DeVos was vice president of the Prince Foundation during those years.) During that period, the DeVoses spent nearly $100 million in philanthropic giving, and the Princes spent $70 million. While Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated large amounts to hospitals, health research, and arts organizations, these records show an overwhelming emphasis on funding Christian schools and evangelical missions and conservative, free-market think tanks, like the Acton Institute and the Mackinac Center, that want to shrink the public sector in every sphere, including education.

It mostly seems to be looking shockingly good for libertarians. On that:

ADDED: And more.

Outer Edges

Exploring Dynamic Geography at The New Centre for Research & Practice. The main focus will be the work of Patri Friedman — including some seasteading (theory only), but DG is much bigger than that. Scott Alexander’s ‘Archipelago’ essay serves as a valuable introduction, at the level of political philosophy.

(Check out the Spring 2016 NCR&P schedule for additional courses. Much enticement to be found there.)

Quotable (#112)

Jonathan Haidt (in conversation with Hara Estroff Marano):

Western society has transitioned from an honor culture to a dignity culture and now is shifting into a culture of victimhood. In the culture of honor, each person has to earn honor and, unable to tolerate a slight, takes action himself. The big advance in Western society was to let the law handle serious offenses and ignore the inevitable minor ones—what sociologists call the culture of dignity, which reigned in the 20th century. It allows diversity to flourish because different people can live near each other without killing each other. The past 20-30 years, however, has seen the rise of a victimhood culture, where you’re hypersensitive to slights as in the honor culture, but you never take care of it yourself. You always appeal to a third party to punish for you. And here’s the big concept — you become morally dependent. Young people are becoming morally dependent; they are also less able to solve problems on their own. An adult has always been there somewhere to protect them or punish for them. This attitude does not begin in college. Students have been raised to be morally dependent.

Quotable (#65)

Education is in the cross-hairs for disruption:

Exactly how education will be changed by technology — or by whom — is a constant betting game among Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists. But with an industry estimated at around $1.3 trillion annually — 9% of the [American] GDP — lots of entrepreneurs are looking to disrupt education just as their predecessors saw opportunities in music, publishing, and communications.

Twitter cuts (#33)

Who really rules America? A clue:

Quick links (#18)

Foreign Policy / Tealeaf Nation China round-up. The price of Chinese social media. Chinese gold. More FTZs.

Lin Yutang on legalism (1930). Legalist influence in ancient India.

The Eurasian economic model, plus: Putin at Valdai. Sardinian sovereignty shopping.

Japan is scaring people.

Things fall apart.

Photos from Chang’e 5T1. A new space race for the Asian Century. Mars colonization in five steps. Jack Parsons coming to TV.

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