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Ad homs R NOT Us: discussions over rent-seeking necessitate painful wrestling with slippery "cui bono" demons by TokyoTom

My recent post, " Bob Murphy on climate change at Antiwar Radio; a puppet for the "King Coal" hand that feeds him? ", attracted a bit of attention, including some hostile comments from some LvMI community members who thought my comments...

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...

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...