Friday, May 28, 2004

What's RAJ up to now?

The people at keeps up the good job arguing against the protectionists of Rescue American Jobs. Even though this time it seems like RAJ saw the light for once.

I want to add to the point that deciding which product you should buy and which you shouldn't is tricky, or rather impossible. And instead of leaving the question to just a few minds, they might be brilliant, it's better to let the market decide. Free trade for everyone please.

Thank you Damiano

Very nice performance from the young Italian Damiano Cunego on today's stage in Giro d'Italia. And if nothing extraordinary happens tomorrow he will probably win the whole Giro, and that's a pleasant surprise.

I'm Seattle

"Take the quiz: 'Which American City Are You?'

Your dark exterior masks a caffeine driven activism. You'll take up a cause and you'll get ugly to advance it."

Thanks to Radley Balko for the pointer.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Nice album cover

Ted at Crooked Timber posted his favourite album cover. So here's mine:

The album cover comes from the Swedish band Kent and their latest album, Vapen och Ammunition.

Amusing I must say

The title of this blog, Evolution will be blogged, doesn't refer to the biological notion of evolution but rather to the Hayekian. But anyway, on the top of the page there are an ad that will send you to Answers In Creation or 7 day Creation. I invite you to take a look at those pages, they are quite interesting as such, but make sure you visit the Panda's Thumb and Talk Origins as well.

What on earth have I been doing...

...the last 3 weeks or so, the blogging have been nonexistent.

And actually, I haven't done very much. Mostly worked on my master thesis in economics which ought to be finished by now, but it isn't. I spent a weekend in Stockholm and you can see the outcome of that trip on television in late June.

Yeah, we're so great. Part 2.

A study by this man and some other people made the news(Swedish only) in Sweden the other day. According to the study, only 4 out of 100 Swedes are interested in starting a business or have recently started one. The same number for the US are 12 and top scorer Uganda 29.

Reynolds mentions the size of the public sector, the unemployment benefit schemes and that the population share of younger people are getting lower. Now, regardless of what you think of the welfare state and the size of it (personally, I more or less side with Friedrich Hayek on that issue) the government needs a stable source of income, and if the welfare state harms the entrepreneurship you'll have to ask yourself whether or not the welfare state in the long run actually helps the poor. Tyler Cowen have written on that issue.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Interesting post at FuturePundit

It, yet again, seems like the proponents of the Kyoto Agreement are acting somewhat premature. Obviously some more research needs to be done.

FuturePundit: All Warming In United States Since 1975 May Be Due To Aircraft Contrails

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Yeah, we're so great...

The Anarchist's smash windows at a Reclaim the Streets-gathering. The Social Democrats brags about how good everything is in Sweden. Or as the prime minister Goran Persson said, "A public sector and high taxes, appropriately used, can be a driving force for economic development. We show that here in Sweden"(my translation). In sum, a normal May Day in Sweden. But as the paper Tyler Cowen at Marginal Evolution pointed to the other day shows, any sort of bragging from Goran Persson's side is misplaced. The swedish welfare system does not work today and if he wan't it work tomorrow he have to make sure that new jobs gets created. And that won't probably happen with the taxes we have today.
Some great posts from yesterday over at May Day: A Day of Remembrance
It is, almost annoyingly, sunny today. 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and what do I do? I'm sitting on the couch watching snooker on TV and reading a book (The Economics of Time and Ignorance). That's fully normal I hope.

Saturday, May 01, 2004