Blog Review 501


The real cause of the sub-prime mess. Yes, it was government action that caused it.

The entirety of world history in one graph and one table.

And on the subject of poverty, what is it that causes civil wars ? Could it be our old friend, an absence of property rights? 

And why do people complain so much when they are the best off of all, ever in human history? 

A review of the Black Swan. Not a notably approving one either, but with a great insight: if we even suspect black swans exist, then they don't.  

One for the "how surprising" section. Those where globalisation is providing the most growth are those most in favour of globalisation.

And finally, how fast does a backhoe have to be travelling in order to slice a bridge in half?