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Alex Williams
alex williams and c trombley writing on economics and intellectual history. like the santa fe institute, but for history of thought.
Created 04 Jul 2020
  • The Unknown Keynes
    03 May 2022 1 0
    In 1982, the working methods of Charlie Chaplin, the last great English comedian, were largely unknown. Chaplin owned and controlled the land, the trees and the company. As a result there were no surv...
  • Review Of Ken Boulding’s “A Reconstruction Of Economics”
    19 Apr 2022 3 4
    Introduction Every era has its ideal object of study. If the long 17th century was a good time to be anything, it was a good time to be a theologian. The field was in turmoil as the traditional founda...
  • Lun Yu 1.8 & 1.9
    14 Apr 2022 3 0
    Chapter 1 Saying 8 Speakers: Kongzi (孔子), i.e. Confucius Words To Know: 子: Zi. Master. 曰: Yue. To say, to call, to mention 君子: Junzi. A gentleman 不: Bu. No, not, can’t, the “either” in “either …or…” 重...
  • Getting To Know Kenneth Boulding
    08 Apr 2022 3 0
    Source It’s Ken Boulding Month At CVAR! Now, uh, what does that mean? Who the heck was Ken Boulding? Why does it matter? Well, I’ll give just enough of a biography to get to his peak period, and the r...
  • Spring Forward With CVAR
    31 Mar 2022 3 1
    Introduction It’s been a productive year at CVAR. Starting February 2022, we began publishing columns on a weekly schedule. While this schedule has made room for fun and enlightening projects, it has ...
  • The Liberal Logic Of Uncertainty From 1320 To 1974
    25 Mar 2022 2 0
    Probability is a strange alchemy, a science of ignorance. Given the amount of ignorance involved in getting anything done, it’s for the best that we have at least an alchemy of it now. Perhaps Poincar...
  • Lun Yu 1.6 & 1.7
    16 Mar 2022 2 0
    Chapter 1 Saying 6 Speakers: Kongzi (孔子), i.e. Confucius Words to know: 弟: Di - A younger brother, a youth, a disciple or follower. 孝: Xiao - Filial piety. 仁: Ren - good action, the good. 学: Xue - Stu...
  • When Is A Constraint Not A Constraint?
    11 Mar 2022 4 0
    Everybody “knows” that there is an inflation “constraint,” but that statement is pretty much the end of what people “know” about it. If you have been paying attention to economics, policy, or even jus...
  • Lun Yu 1.4 and 1.5
    07 Mar 2022 1 0
    Chapter 1 Saying 4 Speakers: Zeng Shen (曾参), here called Master Zeng (曾子). One of the ‘four sages’. Words to know: 子: Zi - Master. 吾: Wu - I. 曰: Yue - to say 日: Ri - to ask 忠: Zhong - to be loyal 友交: ...
  • The General Theory Ch. 16
    25 Feb 2022 6 0
    “Was Keynes a socialist” is one of those questions that people ask often enough that it’s unlikely that any particular answer will tell us anything useful. It’s also a weird question, because the way ...
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