South Australia. Welcome to the Green/ALP future. And more on the cost of green energy.
Black Lies Matter. A different take on racism in the United States.
Since 1980, blacks have routinely accounted for almost half of America’s annual homicide victims, and more than half of the perpetrators — all while being a minor thirteen percent of the national populace.
Yet, a certain black-based industry — which specializes in nurturing comfortable lies while burying uncomfortable truths — propagates a notion that “racism” is the foremost issue facing black Americans, and white cops are blood-thirsty enforcers.
Moreover, this cunning, race-peddling entity knows that it’s easier to lie to blacks than to convince blacks that they’ve been lied to.
Thus, black “lies” are good for business… black “lives” are good for nothing (except exploitation).
And presently, business is booming.
Pedro Schwartz, recently President of the Mont Pelerin Society calls out the clerisy, the writing and chattering class, for the rise of populism and bad policy.
A group deserving blame are the professors, philosophers, sociologists, economists, and journalists who have committed la trahison des clercs, as Julien Benda called it, or the treason of the clerisy, to use the name given them by Deirdre McCloskey. For more than a century mainstream intellectuals have done nothing but extol the virtues of socialism, harp on the defects of the market, lament the alleged exploitation of the poor, and denounce the immorality of capitalism. Marxists, socialists (whether Christian or not), Fabians, progressives, radicals, New-Dealers, Beveridge liberals, and Keynesians have in effect done nothing but inspire or condone the fattening of Leviathan and the servitude of the individual. Intellectuals, undeterred by the failure of socialism, now speak of fairness, social equality, and wicked bankers. I call this ‘Pikettying’1 holes in capitalism. They are always silent on the magnificent results of the capitalist economy and the free market, especially for the poor. We see with dismay that the universities of Europe and America have been transformed into places where the philosophy of freedom has no place and is even forcibly expelled.
On a point of detail, the term clerisy was used by the poet/critic/philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge circa 1830 to describe a group who read for pleasure, tended to be Oxford Scholars but included the country clergy and were responsible for keeping in touch with the best of our traditions. See below an item on the clerisy for nerds.
From Jo Nova. Some German environmentalists are start to see some problems with renewables.
Pierre Gosselin reports that environmental experts, professors, and some green leaders in Germany are fed up at the deforestation, the fraud and the futility. They are protesting at the waste of money in the name of ecology as trees and birds get destroyed, electricity prices skyrocket, but nothing gets achieved for the climate. One has put together a book titled: “Sacrificed Landscapes – How the Energiewende Is Destroying our Landscapes.”
For farming nerds, a robot tractor.
For other nerds.
Book Review by Dr Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute, late of CIS where he looked at the congruence of Catholic thought and Austrian economics. See also Michael Novak on that theme.
The Reformation in the 1500s was more than a movement started by Martin Luther. He played a crucial role, but there was more to it. Samuel Gregg recently reviewed a book for the Library of Law and Liberty that explains the historical significance of Catholic and Protestant reformations. According to Gregg, Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 written by the Yale historian Carlos M.N. Eire “is likely to become one of the definitive studies of this period.”
Arnold Kling on Irwin Dekker’s take on tensions in Austrian economics.
For Coleridge, writing in 1830, the most important bearers of tradition were the “clerisy.” He coined this umbrella term for the Oxbridge scholars learned in theology and the liberal arts, along with the vicars and schoolmasters scattered through the countryside and socially intertwined with the landed gentry. Together they bore a multigenerational trust, that of preserving “civilisation with freedom.” The clerisy kept secular society permanently in contact with higher truths. Its social function and the resources to sustain it were no mere product of historical accident. Coleridge acknowledged that the types of people holding that trust would vary across time and space. They need not be the Anglican clergy as such, for example. But the trust itself could be ignored by any society only at its peril.
Joe Agassi on Karl Popper.
Karl R. Popper is “the outstanding philosopher of the twentieth century” (Bryan Magee), even “the greatest thinker of the [twentieth] century” (Gellner). He felt affinity with thinkers of the Age of Reason and developed a new version of rationalism: critical rationalism. As a champion of science and of democracy he was the most influential philosopher of the post-WWII era. He was a close follower of Bertrand Russell and of Albert Einstein in that all three advocated problem-oriented fallibilism (during the peak of the influence of Ludwig Wittgenstein who did not), valued commonsense, taking its theories to be approximations to the scientific truths of the day, and considered scientific truths as series of approximations to the absolute truth [Agassi, 1981, 112-16].