Matthew Shaffer

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A Fuller Darwinian Economics

Robert Frank’s latest book, The Darwin Economy (compressed in the National Interest here) is getting a lot of buzz. I found it, like all of Frank’s work, very illuminating. But ...

The Problem of Neuro-Liberalism

  If you’ve been near a college campus in the past couple of decades, then this essay in the New Yorker on the “underground world of neuro-enhancing drugs,” may not scandalized ...

How to think about Development

  Charles Kenny proposes a simple thesis: The world today is witnessing divergence in incomes, and convergence in outcomes. His book, Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding–and How we can ...

A Blog-Bubble Bleg:

One of biggest memes among the online commentariat is the ironic fear that the world of online commentary is allowing people to surround themselves in confirming, and shut out contrary, perspectives and ...

Au Revoir

Dear readers, I’ve had a fantastic time serving as a Bill Buckley fellow with National Review. But, alas, today is my very last at Buckley Towers. I’ll be moving on ...

On the Home Page

Tim Phillips and Phil Kerpen endorse the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” framework for debt-ceiling negotiations. Conrad Black pleads innocent to the charges that will render him unable to return to the ...