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States as coordination problems

Economist David Friedman’s theory about the size and shape of nations leads him to postulate that the increased importance of labour income–a result of the Industrial Revolution: one of the ironies of history is that greatly increased propensity to produce capital increases both the scale (through increased demand) and then the average income (through increased relative scarcity) […]

The French Revolution as Chinese dynastic crisis

This is an essay on the interaction between states and social orders, using China as a prism to examine European patterns, rather than the other way around. According to Japanese historian Naito “Konan” Torajiro, the history of modern China began in the Song dynasty (960-1279), making China the first modern society; an analysis known as the Naito Hypothesis. […]

Check your expectations (1) right-wing wimps and left-wing weaponistas

There is a joke in modern American politics–the Republicans want a big defence force they don’t want to use anywhere and the Democrats want a small defence force they want to use everywhere. Implicit in the joke is that the Republicans like military spending and the Democrats don’t. Because the right is “strong” on defence […]

Norm failure

I have previously posted elsewhere about how similar the failures in indigenous policy and development (particularly foreign aid) policy have been. Remarkably similar, indeed. They also show some distinct similarities to the more unfortunate effects of welfare provision. (By ‘welfare provision’ I do not mean the aged pension or health or education services; I am talking […]

Get Closer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House has said. The celebrity gossip magazine printed pictures of the duchess taken during the couple’s private holiday in France. A royal spokesman said the legal proceedings had been launched […]

Le chagrin et La Redoute

A French fashion retailer has apologised for a photo in which a naked man appeared behind a group of children advertising beachwear – but the image has gone viral on the internet. In a tweet La Redoute said that it “apologises for the photo published on its site and is doing what’s necessary to remove […]

Eye Candy du Jour

In case you wondered how the French could afford to keep it lit up all the time, now you know… A lightning bolt appears to strike the iconic Eiffel Tower while the Paris landmark is seen illuminated in vibrant blue lights. Amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik captured the shot which will appear in an exhibition titled […]

Nuls points or, the French Profumo Affair

Crown prosecutors, as a general rule, do not drop high-profile cases for shits and giggles. If an accused has been arraigned before a Grand Jury (common in the US), or the matter has sailed through committal proceedings (Australia and England) or satisfied the Examining Magistrate or Procurator Fiscal (Scotland and most of the Continent), then […]

Going Burq-o

[Now cross-posted at Online Opinion - 21/5/10] There’s been a lively discussion at Larvatus Prodeo about the possibility that the French will ban the burqa. Of course, this follows on the heels of Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s suggestion that the burqa should be banned in Australia. Bernardi suggested that the burqa was not only a […]

A cunning plan…

I’m not a fan of the reality TV genre. It’s lazy television. It makes me want to come out in hives half the time. How can people embarrass themselves like that? It looks like reality TV might be going the way of the dodo in France. A French court has ruled that being a reality […]