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Making Sense Podcast #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos | Sam Harris
On the power Networks and various other topics. In order: Trump Campaign 2016 and the role of Media, Russia Meddling, conspiracy theories, communism, inequality, Kissinger and China.
TrumpCampaign  Ferguson  SamHarris  podcasts  Russia  media  conspiracy  communist  Inequality  kissinger 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Yes, America has strategic interests in Venezuela
The biggest loser in the event of the Maduro government's collapse would be Russia.  Russia's economy relies heavily on oil exports, so Putin is playing a cynical game with Venezuela.  By keeping Maduro in power and the volume of Venezuelan oil production suppressed through corruption and mismanagement, Putin effectively eliminates a market competitor.  This also helps keep the price of oil up, buoying the Russian economy and generating the revenue Putin needs to fund his buildup of the Russian military.
venezuela  oil  Russia  AmericanThinker 
may 2019 by HispanicPundit
Did Shock Therapy Help Russia? - Russia & America Goodwill Association
We agree with Aslund that there was a need for Russia to radically reform its Soviet-era command economy. We agree that such reforms should have aimed at a free market economy, including privatization, deregulation, and integration with world economy.

But we do disagree with Aslund’s assertion that the “shock therapy” was the best and only remedy. We particularly disagree with his contention that there was “Washington Consensus” for it. There was none, but U.S. mega media wanted us to believe there was. In fact, there was no consensus even among the economists at the World Bank and IMF that backed the reforms.
Russia 
february 2019 by HispanicPundit
Russia Should Own Up to Stalin-Hitler Friendship - Bloomberg
On Sept. 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland. Germany, which had done the same in the western part of the country two weeks earlier, acquiesced under the terms of a notorious neutrality agreement between Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin that divided parts of eastern Europe into Nazi and Communist spheres of influence.
Russia  germany  wars  Stalin  communist  bloomberg 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Moscow is sore over NATO expansion, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
Nonetheless, you have to see the Russians’ point when you look at a map. NATO has shoved right up against Russia’s borders by adding Latvia and Estonia. That would have been kind of like Quebec joining the Warsaw Pact in 1981. Do you think Reagan would have been happy about that?
Russia  NATO  Sailer 
december 2017 by HispanicPundit
The dog that didn't bark: 100th Anniversary of the Great October Revolution gets no celebration in Russia
As Yuri Maltsev, one of Russia's great economic reformers of the Gorbachev era, has pointed out, not even Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to celebrate it. The Russian president has some authoritarian tendencies, and might be expected to play along to communist fantasies of past glories, such as its propagandists might project, but he's not a fool, and he's having none of it.
Russia  communist  History  AmericanThinker 
november 2017 by HispanicPundit
It begins: A few honest Dems speaking out on Hillary’s Fusion-GPS denials
 Hillary is covering up a far larger, far more disturbing program of spying on its electoral opponent. One that corrupts the most fearsome spying apparatus in the world, the NSA’s ability to monitor all electronic communications.

Now that two senior and well-respected Democrats are calling BS on Hillary, a crack (albeit still small) has appeared in the dam. When the FBI’s informant finally speaks publicly to Congress, there will more cracks, especially if he brings hard evidence in the form of recordings and documents.
Hillary  Russia  AmericanThinker 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
Don't Rush to Judge Trump - Bloomberg
It is surely a scandal, and not just in the political sense, when the former chairman of a presidential campaign is indicted for work related to a corrupt foreign government. At the same time, it's important to remember that Paul Manafort's indictment is not evidence that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
TrumpAdministration  Russia  bloomberg 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
How Vladimir Putin Became the Hero of Nationalists Everywhere - The Atlantic
Putin has inverted the Cold War narrative. Back in Soviet times, the West was the enemy of godlessness. Today, it’s the Russian leader who seeks to snuff out that supposed threat. American conservatives are struggling with the irony. They seem to know that they should resist the pull of Putinism—many initially responded to his entreaties with a ritualistic wringing of hands—but they can’t help themselves.
Russia  Putin  conservative  AtlanticMonthly  republicans 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Was Central Planning Really Inefficient? - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
The important leap in Allen’s conclusion, and the reason why his thesis is ultimately unconvincing is that as Gerschenkron noted long ago in Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, partly in the Russian context also, backward economies can grow rapidly and may do so using a variety of arrangements. This is made feasible because they are benefiting from catch-up and technological convergence. The fact that Soviet Russia took advantage of catch-up opportunities and transferred resources from its massively inefficient agriculture to industry implies neither that central planning was efficient in the short run nor that it could be a steppingstone for more growth-enhancing institutional structure in the long run.

Textbooks sometimes simplify things. But in this instance, the textbook treatment of central planning as economically inefficient is right.
sidebar  Acemoglu  history  communist  russia 
august 2012 by HispanicPundit
Greg Mankiw's Blog: Transitioning from Communism
Seven lessons from my Harvard colleague Andrei Shleifer.
sidebar  mankiw  history  russia  communist 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
Why are so many Russian Jews Republicans? — Marginal Revolution
I would suggest that many Russian Jews, compared to American Jews, are much less hesitant to affiliate with the American brand of Christianity found in the Republican Party.  Related strains of thought have been prevalent in Russia for a long time, yet for a long while their Christian nature was covered up by communist rule.  Furthermore attachment to Israel, rather than a lifelong felt contrast with American Christians, or strict Judaic observance, is the source of Jewish identity for many Russian Jews.  So affiliation with a fairly Christian party is not jarring for the Russian Jews and indeed it may be welcomed, especially if it dovetails with pro-Israel attitudes.
jews  russia  republicans  cowen  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Soviet Poland, 1939-41, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands is the best history I've read in five years: important, careful, beautifully written, and morally wise. Many excellent books explore the parallels between Nazism and Communism, between Hitler and Stalin. But Snyder almost makes you feel like you're really there in the "Bloodlands" - the tragic region that endured both Nazi and Soviet rule."
communist  statist  poland  russia  books  caplan  sidebar 
october 2010 by HispanicPundit
What If Lenin's Stroke Came Five Years Sooner?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Of course, something else could have gone wrong. Counter-factual history is never certain. But if a stroke killed Lenin in 1917, there's good reason to think that the world could have skipped decades of bloodshed, poverty, terror, and totalitarian dogma. Alas".
russia  communist  history  caplan  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Hayek and Central Planning, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"to understand why socialism must fail, you need to understand Hayek's argument (which he drew from Ludwig von Mises and elaborated on) that the information that's most valuable is information held in the hands of millions of individual actors. A central planner simply cannot have the information needed to plan an economy well."
russia  communist  socialism  hayek  henderson  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Evil Shortage: Why the Evil Empire Fell, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"So why did the USSR fall? Because a new generation of half-hearted Communists like Gorbachev were allowed to take the reins - and they just weren't evil enough to retain power. If Stalin had been in Gorby's shoes, he would have reinforced the foundations of totalitarianism by murdering a few million people - beginning with active dissidents and gradually expanding to anyone who'd ever visited the West. And like Kim Jong Il, he would still be in power today. Gorbachev's generation of leaders were far from saints, but as tyrants go, they were wimps."
russia  communist  history  kling  caplan  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Solow Model and Soviet Growth Optimism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Even on Brad's charitable interpretation of Samuelson and company, their argument was unreasonably sympathetic to the Soviets. There was never a point in Soviet history when a sensible economist would have seen communism as good for growth in any meaningful sense. (Especially in the Thirties when millions starved to death while Stalinists told the credulous West that the USSR was growing by leaps and bounds)."
russia  communist  economists  history  samuelson  DeLong  caplan  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: Putin's Rough, Brutal, and Cheerful Capitalism
"From December 1999 to the end of 2007, a period overlapping the presidency of Mr. Putin, the value of Russia’s stock market increased from $60 billion to more than $1 trillion"
russia  communist  capitalism  perry  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit

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