* Why American Costs Are So High.
* “What’s Left of the Center-Left?” Depressing. Also depressing, Clinton-era centrist Democrat Brad DeLong explains why the center-left is dead.
* Charlie Stross: Lessons learned: writing really long fiction.
* “What if All the World’s Economic Woes Are Part of the Same Problem?“, and that problem is demographic: an aging workforce is less innovative, takes fewer risks, and is more sclerotic overall.
* “Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Tracking Journalists Through a Secret Database.” How is this the country we’ve ended up living in?
* “Why Do People Love to Hate Steven Pinker? By proclaiming the gospel of human progress, the Harvard psychologist has made a lot of enemies.” I see a lot of straw-manning Pinker and almost no steel-manning of him.
* “Progressivism and the West;” we are our own worst enemies!
* “This is Roquette Science: How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world.”
* But at least one random writer thinks Biden will win, which sounds like a good, electable outcome to me.
* An essay against Taleb’s Antifragile.
* “The Industrial Revolution of Shame.” Does this enhance rewards to shamelessness?
* On the new translation of The Odyssey.
* Attraction Inequality and the Dating Economy.
* “US to build six nuclear power plants in India.” Total comedy given the seeming inability of the US to build nuclear power plants in the US.