Red Dawn was a bad movie

As someone who was a child during the end of the Soviet Era, the following news items cause minor cognitive dissonance: 1) The Russian guided missile warship Varyag is docking in San Francisco this week on a friendly tour coinciding with a visit from the Russian President. At the same time there are three Japanese … Read more

The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850

The Industrial Revolution is the inflection point of economic history. During all the millennia before that revolution, incomes were static and humans were poor—often hungry, inadequately clothed, ill-housed. But somehow, in the two-and-a-half centuries since humanity learned to mass produce, a large number of ordinary people have acquired more material comfort than even the wealthiest … Read more

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