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Commerce and Culture Writer — Bloomberg View
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L.A. writer on commerce & culture, @BV columnist. New book is THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Also wrote THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES and THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE.

Imperfect Competition, Legitimate at Last

economicprincipals.com — The Nobel award last week to Jean Tirole, of Toulouse School of Economics, capped a twentieth-century drama whose story has barely begun to be told. I can describe it here only in the broadest way; thanks to the Swedes, the details will now gradually emerge, as did those of similar developments in the past.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

mobilizer.instapaper.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

bloombergview.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

What If What You ’Survived’ Wasn’t Cancer?

bloombergview.com — You're feeling fine when you go for your annual physical. But your mammogram looks a little funny, or your PSA test is a little high, or you get a CT lung scan and a nodule shows up. You get a biopsy, and the doctor delivers the bad news: You have cancer.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

bloombergview.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

No Flying Cars, but the Future Is Bright

bloombergview.com — It has been 40 years since the last astronauts left the moon. That anniversary, which passed last week, has put some prominent technologists in a funk. "You promised me Mars colonies. Instead, I got Facebook," reads the cover of the current issue of MIT Technology Review.

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

bloombergview.com — As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom's little library, it had a title imbued with confidence and promise: " You Will Go to the Moon." Needless to say, I have not done so.

Why You Want to Escape With Denzel Washington

bloombergview.com — When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out Oscars this weekend, the smart money is on Daniel Day-Lewis to take home the best-actor award for the title role in "Lincoln." It would be his third Oscar. Day-Lewis is a remarkable actor, and his performance as the Civil War president is absolutely convincing.

Frat Boys, Drunken Girls and Paternalism

Campus 'Diversity' Puts Religion on Probation

bloombergview.com — American colleges often praise "diversity" as one of their highest values. The term is, of course, a well-understood code word for diversity not of thought or values but of race and ethnicity. The assumption is that people of different backgrounds and experiences, including ethnic backgrounds and immigrant experiences, will naturally bring with them diversity of thought and values and, hence, enrich campus cultural and intellectual life.
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Oct 20, 2014

Great news, esp given fears of spread to Lagos: Nigeria declared Ebola-free; 'spectacular success' buff.ly/1wkJzgm

Oct 20, 2014

RT @KeithNHumphreys: Worried about the stock market? Scared of Ebola? Take a prudent risk-reduction step that actually matters: Get a flu shot.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @KeithNHumphreys: .@slsatel Dr. Sally Satel and I discuss incentivizing kidney donations today in Washington Post's Wonkblog washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

Oct 20, 2014

Just received notice that Simon & Schuster "has reached a multi–year agreement with Amazon for the sale in the US... fb.me/6VSGJvIPQ

Oct 20, 2014

@jttsoundsystem @franklinh3000 @toddseavey @cathyyoung63 @fedsoc But blackballing this speaker is stupid & a betrayal of the org's mission.

Oct 20, 2014

@jttsoundsystem @franklinh3000 @toddseavey @cathyyoung63 Where do you get "require"? The article explicitly acknowledges @fedsoc's rights.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @pebonilla: Western Michigan U tried to tax @BootsRiley off campus. That's how you get a 1st Amendment lawsuit. thefire.org/lawsuit-studen…

Oct 20, 2014

.@toddseavey @cathyyoung63 Not just one talk. She was blacklisted, banned even when a @FedSoc chapter asked for her.

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