Putin’s Hollow Legalism

The idea that Vladimir Putin would like to revive the Soviet Union, and that he formulates and executes policy accordingly, is not new or original. But I was still some combination of alarmed and amused to find so obvious an example of Soviet…

On the Fracking and the Fear of Probabilistic Truth

And thus concludes the second consecutive summer for which this blog has gone more or less radio silent, aside from the occasional tweet. Not that you can infer much from an N of two, but it seems like we’re not…

Optimal Voter Idiocy

We can speculate with abandon and impunity about what an ideal polity might look like, but regardless of how such a thing exists for you in your mind, it is safe to say that it does not and cannot exist…

On Ordoliberalism & the ECB

On Ordoliberalism & the ECB

The Economist included, in an issue published earlier this month, what was (to me at any rate) a useful discussion of ordoliberalism. I admit I was, prior to reading the piece, unfamiliar with this particular branch of German intellectual history, but if you accept…

Classic Rock Will Slowly Die or, A Musical Reminder of the Historically Singular Nature of Postwar America

I don’t drive much these days (living for 3+ years in the downtowns of compact, walk-able cities rather obviated the need for it), but just over a week ago, trucking my things back east, I found myself behind the wheel…

An Argument for the Importance of Org. Structure in the Rebellion in East Ukraine

They say your best ideas come in the shower, and while I doubt what follows is one of my best ideas, it did come in the shower last week. Earlier this year, Michigan’s own Yuri Zhukov gave a lecture titled “Trading Hard Hats for Combat…

Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part II: Exchange Rates

This post was supposed to be about taxes – specifically, about the recurring role of international actors in Greek tax collection. Continuing with the previous post’s theme of “unnerving century-plus continuity in Balkan politics,” I had planned to observe that, if…

Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part I: Meat Safety

Astute readers will  no doubt be aware that this is not the first post to include the word ‘meat’ in its title. Last summer, after observing some questionable food service practices at a restaurant in Tirana (E. coli everywhere!), I…

Leftist Critiques of Capitalism & the Total Collapse of Marxist Alternatives

Leftist critiques of neo-liberalism, capitalism, and the current economic configuration of liberal democracy in general (to be sure these are broad categories but I’m not certain the people making these critiques are always terribly specific) are remarkably Anglo/Euro-centric. That is, the scope…

Demographics & the Future of American Conservatism

Matt Yglesias thinks American democracy as we currently know it is going to fall apart*: Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies…