In 2003, Tirole and fellow economist Olivier Blanchard proposed a “lay-off tax”. Instead of heavy taxation of salaries, which dissuades companies from hiring workers, they said France should tax companies for sacking people. Tirole also suggested a “single labour contract” to replace the current dual system in which insiders have permanent contracts and outsiders temporary ones. Neither idea flew.

Second, the migrants are coming. “As an economist I think migration is a good thing, but with a small caveat: if you don’t have jobs for them, we’ll get people who will be very unhappy about being in France.” Third, he says, the digital economy will quickly destroy many jobs. He adds, half-jokingly: “Maybe my job won’t exist any more. Maybe all teaching will be done from Cambridge, Mass.”

I like our welfare system, schools which are widely available to people, a health system.

and we will lose the discipline of the euro. I don’t want to answer your question. I don’t want to think about it.”

-Christ, what an asshole. “Tirole speaking sense” this isn’t.

Agreed with prior_approval: there’s no way there’s a single MR reader who thinks Tyler read all these 514 pages.

Voices from Chernobyl (by a former admirer of Felix Dzerzhinsky) is said to be utter garbage. Probably so are all the other books in that Guardian list.

As for the Go-playing software article, my main takeaway is “software isn’t very smart”. Or, alternatively, “humans are crazy smart in some areas”.

@Milo Minderbinder:

The text and background at Marginal Counterrevolution make the site virtually unreadable.

It was much worse when it started. And, in any case, what do you prefer the background to have been? Seriously, guys, comment below. It’s not like I didn’t do any testing on what made the text most readable. I did quite a bit. And I don’t think you can change the text brightness and color in the theme I picked.

BTW, this is what the site looks like as of 4:15 Eastern Time on December 5, 2015:
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@Milo
Read my reply again.
I cannot change the font color with my present theme. Only my background. If you find a theme that looks as good as the one I picked with a better font color, please, be my guest. A white background would make blockquoted text unreadable. I checked.

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