Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday miscellaneous (12/28)

It seems like I just wrote one of these, but here we are on Friday again. These holiday weeks pass so fast.

Anyway, here is my second favorite review of The Hobbit, which defends it from some of the rather silly criticisms going around (ours being my favorite review).

Here is a rather interesting article on the trend of disappearing fathers. And speaking of fathers and families, The Atlantic considers how the lack of family formation hampers our economic recovery.,

For those still celebrating Christmas (it does last twelve days, after all), this article considers some of the economic theories that may have influenced A Christmas Carol:

What was Dickens really doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Answer: He was weighing in on one of the central economic debates of his time, the one that raged between Thomas Malthus and one of the disciples of Adam Smith.
The CIA’s secret security force is becoming less secret.

This fascinating article examines some of the corruption in China’s transportation sector, and the deadly consequences.

Front Porch Republic published another interesting article in the wake of the CT shooting.

It is predictably American for Americans to obsess over an object used to perpetuate a crime, rather than examine the perpetrator and consider the people surrounding the perpetrator. The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has understandably disturbed millions of people, and it has also encouraged the exercise of a fatal conceit – the presumption that it is within our power and under our authority to eradicate evil, end crime, and prevent murder.
And finally, here is a slightly modified take on what really happened at Helm's Deep.

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