12-26-2014 | Freedom is Cheap
What is Poverty? - Theodore Dalrymple
On the Trail of Cortes - The Economist
The Robbers Cave Experiment - Less Wrong
Book Review: "On The Road" - Slate Star Codex
"On The Road seems to be a picture of a high-trust society. Drivers assume hitchhikers are trustworthy and will take them anywhere. Women assume men are trustworthy and will accept any promise. Employers assume workers are trustworthy and don’t bother with background checks. It’s pretty neat.
But On The Road is, most importantly, a picture of a high-trust society collapsing. And it’s collapsing precisely because the book’s protagonists are going around defecting against everyone they meet at a hundred ten miles an hour."