Silver is the exception in Hollywood. He may not be conservative or a staunch Bush supporter, but he has been outspoken with his view that a lot of what passes for deep thinking in the legacy media is little better dangerous platitudes amplified in an echo chamber.
He opened by explaining that Chris Matthews behavior about Myanmar tipped him over the edge, and tossed off this pithy quote:
Why does he only play Hardball with views he despises and play hearts with those who agree with him?
I highly recommend his real options classroom simulation (available on his home page) - it puts the students in the position of movie moguls who have to choose which screenplays to produce or option for sequels before they know how they do at the box office. I reviewed it here on vX a few years ago.
FWIW: Pat Larkin was a Ph.D. student when I was on the faculty at the University of New Orleans. He certainly did one semester of macro with me, maybe two, before heading off into finance. He recently got tenure at Fayetteville State.
We all joke about being link whores, but I don't think you can really classify yourself as one of those until you accept advertising from something like the cigarette site that made me an offer this morning.
I declined for no better reason than personal bias, so I guess I'm merely a link slut (and probably less libertarian than I appear to be).
Posting and commenting on this blog is part of the students's grade. They are docked points for spelling and grammar, but for poor economics they are just redirected in the comments.
I took a hiatus from this project since April. Doing this requires a class that is neither too small (ten is about the limit) or too large (it's a lot of work with more than 25 to 30). I have had classes outside that range since last spring.
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