"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" rent-seeking, cognition - TT's Lost in Tokyo

More on self-deception, mirror positions and libertarian reticence on climate policy by TokyoTom

I copy below (with minor changes for clarity) a further comment I made on the piece by Bob Murphy ( "I'm Starting With the Man in the Mirror" ) to which I referred in my prior post . The comment on which I remarking is addressed by one commenter...

Fun with Self-Deception and Rent-Seeking: Bob Murphy's "Man in the Mirror" by TokyoTom

Robert Murphy , Austrian school economist and blogger , is in my book a remarkably thoughtful and insightful commentator on current economic issues, even as I find some of his arguments on climate policy and energy to be shallow . Bob`s balance and relatively...

Rent-seeking: CEI's Chris Horner comes clean and acknowledges that climate denialists and alarmists are peas in the same pod by TokyoTom

In an earth-shaking ;) essay in today's Human Events, CEI 's Chris Horner comes clean and acknowledges that climate denialists and alarmists are peas in the same rent-seeking pod. We have encountered Horner, former lawyer and now full-time scourge...

Jared Diamond: Those in stateless societies "enjoy" lives that are murderous and short by TokyoTom

Jared Diamond has an interesting essay at the current issue of New Yorker, " Vengeance Is Ours ", that is worth considering. In the essay, Diamond not only describes the moral and political economy of cycles of personal and inter-tribal vengeance...

Frank Zappa: Slime is the tool of the Government (and of modern politics) by TokyoTom

[I ran this originally as a "page" rather than as a "post", when I had simply put up Zappa`s lyrics. Since "posts" might be more visible to visitors I`ve decided to post this as well.] I ran across some interesting and topical...

Frank Zappa: Slime is the tool of the Government (and of Republicans and Hillary?) by TokyoTom

I ran across some interesting and topical Frank Zappa lyrics the other day, so I`m putting them up here. Does these resonate with anyone else? I have noted a few thoughts further below. I'm The Slime I am gross and perverted I'm obsessed 'n...

Nick Kristof on politics: why we conclude that I'm right, and you're evil by TokyoTom

Here's a very interesting piece by Kristof at the New York Times about the reactions of Obama and Clinton supporters, and introducing cognitive science studies of why more information often polarizes, rather than bringing people together . Divided...