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I'm seeing more and more people make the assertion that "all white people are racist". Is this a good assertion to make?
2/On one hand, you can certainly define the word "racism" in such a way as to make the statement correct.

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Here are some countries that did catch up to other countries.

Poland caught up to Portugal: Image
South Korea caught up to Japan: Image
Ireland caught up to the UK

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Jan 10
This thread asks how we should deal with inborn inequality, and concludes that the best solution is noblesse oblige.

I think the best solution is public goods.
Public goods have two advantages:

1. They engender material equality more efficiently than any other economic intervention, and

2. They create an equality of respect, through the habit of mutual use.
Although rich people may pay more for a train or a park, when they ride the train or walk in the park, they are equal in social status to everyone else on the train or in the park.

This creates a feeling of equality throughout society.
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Dec 7, 2023
1/Here's a thread in which the Economist's Mike Bird tries to rebut my recent post about decoupling. I think this thread is useful for understanding why the doubters are making the mistakes that they're making.

Let's go through it!
2/Here was my original post. I've updated it with a response at the bottom.…
3/Here's @Birdyword's first mistake. To say there's a "case for doubt" means that there's a possibility that decoupling isn't happening.

But just look at FDI into China. It just went negative for the first time in recorded history. That's definitely real. That is decoupling!
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Nov 20, 2023
Illegal immigration went into reverse for over a decade, but as of 2021 it's positive again.…
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The typical unauthorized immigrant is no longer Mexican. Image
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Oct 31, 2023
The reason Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza is bad isn't because civilian casualties are never acceptable when fighting against evil, but because bombing Gaza seems like it will not actually do much to eliminate Hamas, and will simply kill civilians for no purpose.
"The Allies leveled German cities, Hamas are as bad as Nazis, thus it's OK to level Gaza" ignores the fact that even if strategic bombing had been as effective as people thought (note: it wasn't), leveling Gaza will not produce a WW2-like outcome.
"The ends don't justify the means" should apply to the actual outcome, not just the goal you have in your head.

If the outcome is "everyone just keeps on hating each other and fighting forever", then no, the ends do not justify the means.
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Oct 18, 2023
I basically missed this whole news cycle.

Are you telling me that the front page of the New York Times reported that Israel bombed a hospital and killed 500 kids, and it turned out that what actually happened was that an Islamic Jihad rocket fell on a parking lot???
I feel like I really lucked out by being too busy to read Twitter today 😅
Are you telling me THE HOSPITAL IS STILL THERE??? No one ever destroyed the hospital at all?? IT'S STILL THERE AND THERE ARE A BUNCH OF VIDEOS OF IT???!!!!


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