Saw this on a (nicely) hand-painted sign by the side of Colorado 64 west of Meeker, Colorado:
Pres. Obama, what the
heck is wrong with you?
Are you on drugs?
Speaking from the other side of the aisle, Democrats need to give more credence to the view of many Republicans: that many Democratic policy choices at the national level don’t even seem like they’re produced by people who think in a reasonably consistent way with how most people do.
Note that I was going about 70, and it didn’t seem worthwhile to turn around and snap a picture.
It’s an enduring problem that many people think capital isn’t supposed to become obsolete.
Duh. People do the same thing: if we don’t maintain them with food and so on, they depreciate down to nothing. Capital does the same thing.
But some stuff depreciates faster than others. The thing is, no one worries about how fast a Big Mac depreciates. Don’t believe me? Buy one and save it to eat later.
It’s really rather weird when you think about it. You might spend $1K on a piece of technology that you replace every 2 years. Fair enough. Did you spend $1K on fast food over that period? Probably so. And yet all of it would have depreciated completely long before the 2 year period is over. But we don’t worry about that. At all! We internally define some goods as ones we’ll be ticked off about if they depreciate, and other ones that we won’t notice if they depreciate. WTF?
My friend was at a house with three other individuals. They were partying and apparently they had entered the house without the owner's permission.
The owner showed up and told them to get out. My friend said they refused and they might have threatened the owner. But he didn't say what exactly the threat was.
Then the owner went to a closet and got a gun and aimed it at them and forced them out at gunpoint. Was the owner right to do this, and was it legal?
Let’s just say most of the responses are more highly evolved.
Most interestingly, one commenter commented on the narrow, and decidedly non-libertarian positions, of the other commenters:
… No shortage of good answers here, stating in so many words, "Your friends did what!?" … [emphasis added]
Like a significant number of questions about the legality/criminality of a particular act … "The Law" serves no purpose other than to guide police officers, prosecutors, and judges with regards to what to do with the parties to a dispute after the dispute has played itself out. …
What you are really asking is whether your friends can have their outrageous behavior excused by a legal technicality, and the answer is: Sometimes yes … However, even in a situation where a homeowner is arrested, prosecuted, and convicted of using "unreasonable force," the most likely outcome is that your friends would also be arrested, prosecuted, and found guilty of a number of serious crimes, assuming they were not shot by someone before that could happen.
In other places I’ve talked about these two topics. They both can be summed up with a comic:
Grandstanding is the opposition to your political opponents policies just for the sake of politics. Macro is harder for students because they don’t always have the life experience to 1) recognize grandstanding when they see it, or 2) recognize that one or both policies may not be very bright.
The metacognition deficit is Brooks’ idea that too many people in D.C. these days don’t give enough thought to why they have the positions they do, or why others have the positions they do. Macro is harder for students, who are already at the age when too many things are black and white, when that metacognition deficit leads to politicians talking past each other.
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