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1. Alex Tabarrok takes down the slave mentality espoused by the bloggers at Crooked Timber (Corey Robin being one of them) who complain that employers place too many rules on their employees. As Tabarrok points out, people rarely discuss how important free association is – both employers and *employees* can sever their workplace relationship for any reason they wish. Slavery and indentured servitude once prevented people from quitting jobs that they might like to quit. The flipside is an indentured servitude of a different feather. The Crooked Timber post exposes progressivism for what it’s become – comfort and mediocrity is the highest ideal.
2. A 2008 article from the New York Times about the shortage of primary care physicians in Massachusetts after the enactment of the health insurance mandate. I won’t hold my breath for a similar nationwide trend piece on the same topic.
3. Predictable: men are increasingly purchasing female beauty products.
4. Razib Khan links to this post by Education Realist which lives up to the author’s handle. It reminds me of the time I spent on the high school basketball team tutoring the stupid kids on the team. I distinctly remember going through a simple slope exercise and getting hung up as the “pupil” had to use his calculator to figure 6 minus 2.