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Black Swans: Burke, Keynes, Taleb

Branco Milanovic has a very interesting post on why Nassim Nicholas Taleb is “one of the most important thinkers today.”

Milanovic is a professor of economics at CUNY, a leading student of income inequality, Silvrback blog imageand not one, I suppose, to lightly hand out such praise.  Taleb, you recall, is a former derivatives trader, . . .

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February 03, 2018

Can we predict the future course of history?

Silvrback blog imageI posted recently (No “right sides” to history) on a type of globalist thinking that sees a borderless world as the inevitable endpoint of history. That moved me to dig up my old paperback copy of “The Poverty of Historicism”, Karl Popper’s classic polemic, published in 1957, against social theories that claim to . . .

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December 05, 2017

No "right sides" to history

Carl Ritter has a valuable discussion of globalism in Quillette magazine, called “The Poverty of Cosmopolitan Historicism”.  To clarify terms, globalism or cosmopolitanism is not the same as globalization.  Globalization is the growth in flows of trade, investment, people, and ideas across national borders, while . . .

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November 20, 2017

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