Nazis and the Left

Henrik Raeder Clausen makes the case, entirely correctly, in my view, that Nazism was a not a right-wing movement, but belongs on the extreme left of the poltical spectrum: …it’s important to make clear that Nazism (the full name of the political party was “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei”, which translates to “National Socialist German Workers Party”), also according to their own understanding, is an extreme leftist … Continue reading Nazis and the Left

Are Women Less Happy than Men?

Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson of the Wharton School say so: …women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women’s declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically … Continue reading Are Women Less Happy than Men?

Postmodernism Shrinkwrapped

Shrinkwrapped has an excellent article on postmodernism, a movement which, I’ve found, is priased by those who think it’s nothing more than fallibilism (the idea that absolute certainty is impossible), is imbibed and imitated with little understanding by many a gullible student, and which exerts a pernicious influence on our culture at large (including, sadly, our political culture) yet sounds preposterous when stated clearly.  I’ve … Continue reading Postmodernism Shrinkwrapped

Politics as a Noncooperative Game

One of my graduate students was mocking Sean Hannity yesterday for going on and on about President Obama’s request for Dijon mustard to go with a hamburger.  He took Hannity to be committing an elementary logical fallacy of the form President Obama prefers Dijon mustard on hamburgers. Therefore, his foreign policy is dangerously tipped toward appeasement, etc. Now, I’m not sure that anyone has ever … Continue reading Politics as a Noncooperative Game