When Jihad Isn’t About Religion

One of the rallying cries of the New Atheists was that--as 9/11 shows--religion isn't just harmlessly irrational. It's dangerous. The logic seemed clear: the more devoutly you believe in God the more likely you are to go and do something violent, … [Read more]

DailyKos: Eliminate Corporate Taxation

Today will forever be remembered as the day I almost agreed with a DailyKos article. Almost. It will also be remembered as the day kos became a right-wing fiscal conservative, almost. We start off with something everyone should be able to agree … [Read more]

Texas and Job Creation

The above comes from a post by economist Mark Perry in which he explains that the chart shows "the percent changes in total civil employment between December 2007 (when the recession started) and July 2014 for: a) Texas (blue line) and b) the … [Read more]

Further Thoughts on World Building

Last week I published a post contrasting world-building between J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (hereafter: LotR) and the high fantasy genre that followed using Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive (which includes Way of Kings and Words of … [Read more]

Sweatshops and Prosperity

Texas Tech economist Benjamin Powell has done extensive research on sweatshops, including a recent book on the subject published by Cambridge University. He has a new article in the Summer 2014 issue of The Independent Review titled "Meet the Old … [Read more]

Before “I Do”

This is the title of a brand new study out from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the study found that having a child before marriage, beginning a relationship by "hooking up," having multiple sexual … [Read more]