A Little on Hamas

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is deeply personal to me. I am Israeli, and still have family in Israel. I also have Palestinian friends and acquaintances. Death and suffering are not abstract or theoretical notions. They will always affect someone … [Read more]

I Am An Object

Last week I was carrying my laptop out of my home office to use in another room and I tried to close the door behind me. I was, at the moment, deeply engrossed in some speculation that seemed very important to me at the time, which is I why I … [Read more]

A History of Air Conditioning

Popular Mechanics has a fun timeline of air conditioning.  Given that it is the middle of summer and I live in Texas, I can't imagine living without A/C. It is sometimes easy to forget that the first home-based air conditioning unit was installed for … [Read more]

More on the Minimum Wage

We've written a lot about minimum wage hikes here at Difficult Run. Here's another to add to the list: economist David Neumark (who has published extensively on minimum wage) has an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal arguing that minimum hikes may … [Read more]

Essays on McCloskey

Over at the Online Library of Liberty there is an excellent group of essays covering economist Deirdre McCloskey's work on the "Bourgeois Era":  The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006), Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't … [Read more]