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Panic Like It’s 1893

Simon Johnson explains the many ways in which our current recession differs from the Depression, then asks whether we’re inhabiting a world more like the 19th century: But experience at the end of the 19th century was also quite different from … Continue reading

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Vulgar Coaseianism

Ronald Coase’s famous theorem held that in a world without transaction costs, parties would bargain to achieve an efficient outcome regardless of the legal rules. For example, if I build a hog farm next door to a bakery, and the … Continue reading

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Globalization In The Fifteenth Century

Sandra Knapp at New Scientist reviews Charles C. Mann’s new book 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. The review includes one of my favorite neato historical facts: potatoes are a New World crop! Therefore, until the discovery of America, the … Continue reading

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The Persistence Of Discrimination, And Our Reaction

There’s an oft-heard objection to government remedies for discrimination. As Justice Roberts put it in Seattle Schools, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race”. It’s a simple formulation, with some intuitive … Continue reading

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Important Contributions To History From The Irish

First in an occasional series. It’s sad to see this item up for sale, as its acquisition must be considered among Ireland’s highest cultural achievements. As with the career of James Joyce– who fled Ireland in order to write about … Continue reading

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Whaddya Mean I Ain’t Kind? Just Not *Your* Kind

Andrew Sullivan links to this review of a new book about the pre- and post-war political effort to bridge the gaps between Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, as the latter two succeeded in getting themselves considered to be “white”: When and … Continue reading

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Avowedly Non-Racist Southern Whites Through The Years On Black Voting Rights And Political Leadership

Newt Gingrich, last week: “maybe we should also have a voting standard that says to vote, as a native born American, you should have to learn American history. [applause]”. More Newt: “the Obama system is going to lead us down the path … Continue reading

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Nolan Ryan Could Throw A Ball Real Fast, So He Was Good At Baseball

Last week, Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter.  (In his next start, another win, on Friday night, he threw 5 2/3 more no-hit innings before Melky Cabrera finally tripled off him). Verlander has quite a bit of company as … Continue reading

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There Are No “Lessons From History”

Andrew Sullivan frets that the right to counsel is threatened by King & Spaulding’s decision to decline taxpayer money to fight the right to marry in court.  (We’ve discussed this issue a bit around here).  He links to fellow gay … Continue reading

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High Support for Treason in Defense of Slavery Among Southern Whites

These results are unsurprising, because conservatism has been replaced with pure tribalism in this country. Less than half of GOP voters in Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi are glad that the North won the Civil War: … In Mississippi no … Continue reading

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Sesquicentennial and One Day Anniversary of Denver Post Civil War Op-Ed

They sure could convey outrage back then– and on the front page, no less! The full particulars of the taking of Fort Sumpter by the Charleston traitors, together with the intense excitement created all over the country in consequence, occupied … Continue reading

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Great Moments in the History of Western Civilization

Epic fight between everyone on the 1987 Soviet World Junior hockey team and everyone (minus Pierre Turgeon!) on the Canadian team in the legendary Punch-up in Piestany:

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Engines of Change

So it turns out the bicycle played an important role in empowering 19th-century women: From allowing young people to socialize without the chaperoning of clergymen and other merchants of morality to finally liberating women from the constraints of corsets and … Continue reading

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