Politicians across the political spectrum tend to agree that education is a worthwhile investment. Bryan Caplan disagrees: he believes that while education pays off for individuals (though not for everyone), it’s a terrible investment for society at large.

His rationale is that education pays for individuals because it signals intelligence…

The prompt for this post is the disagreement between FB & Google and Australian news publishers, but I have wanted to write about this topic for a while now. There are two things I want to look at. First, the proposed law itself. …

The desirability of listening to expert advice has been debated a lot recently, first with Brexit, then with COVID. I think it’s worth trying to understand when one should listen to the experts, and when not. TL;DR:

When to trust / question / reject expert opinion

First, I think expert opinion can be classified into three different buckets:

  • policy…

by V. Daskalakis

I hadn’t been planning to return so early to the boarding house tonight — quite the opposite. As I was meeting an acquaintance from America, who passing through Paris, I was planning to have dinner with him, and then he would want, of course, to visit one…

The little island north of Lesbos, between Petra and Molyvos, is bare and deserted. It doesn’t have a name, and the fishermen who work on those seas simply call it ‘the island’. It does not have a single tree, only a few bushes. Three miles out, the mountains of Lesbos…

Aris Catsambas

I work at Monzo. Ex Google, P&G

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