Links – 09/24/2017

  • Helen Pluckrose wrote a fantastic essay about patriarchy on Areo Magazine. She goes over the history of patriarchy and criticizes the way in which most contemporary feminists use the term. It’s rare when I’m so completely in agreement with something.
  • Still on Areo Magazine, which publishes a lot of great stuff (note: I wrote this before they published my response to Leslie Green!), Oliver Traldi wrote a superb review of Clinton’s book about the election. It’s really amazing and one of the best things I have read on any topic recently.
  • Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo argue in a working paper that, despite a widespread belief to the contrary, aging doesn’t negatively affect economic growth. On the contrary, according to their paper, it seems that countries that experienced more rapid aging have grown more in recent decades. I have only skimmed through it so far and just wanted to flag it, but if this checks out, it will be yet another argument in favor of the supposed benefits of mass immigration that comes to nothing. Actually, this was already a very poor argument anyway, for reasons I plan to explain when I start writing in details about immigration.
  • Jacobite published a scathing portrait of the managerial class by Samuel Biagetti. I don’t agree with everything, but it’s brilliant and definitely worth a read. Jacobite is another magazine I recently discovered, which publishes a lot of good stuff.
  • David Schmitt reviews the “mount of evidence” that men are more promiscuous than women. On a related issue, see my post about Cordelia Fine’s silly argument, from a few months ago. Note that her book just won the Royal Society’s Insight Investment Science Book Prize. See Jerry Coyne for some apt commentary on this.

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