Brief announcement

I’ll be in two events in the coming weeks, if anyone wants to say hi (just leave a comment or something):

  • Effective Altruism Global Oxford (EAGx Oxford), from the 18th to 20th of this month in Oxford.
  • Adam Smith Institute’s Forum, the 3rd of December, in London.

That’s all.


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The Soviet Union: Productive Efficiency

[Part of the Soviet series]

How efficient was the Soviet Union at producing stuff? Why?

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Optimal diet

What is the best possible diet you can have? It depends.

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Why I am not a Bowmanite neoliberal, and why that doesn’t matter

Adam Smith Institute’s Executive Director, Sam Bowman recently wrote (well, a few weeks ago) a post explaining what neoliberalism, a label he applies to himself, is.

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Do communists know about communism?

If there is a group of people interested in communism that should be communists. But do they really know about communism? By this I don’t mean their proficiency in Marxism-Leninism or Historical Materialism, but about the economic history of actually existing communist (Okay, socialist in Marxist parlance) regimes. In this post, I investigate this.

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P-zombies do not imply physicalism is false

In a previous post I argued against Eliezer Yudkowsky, Robin Hanson, and others, that Philosophical zombies are conceivable. In this one I challenge the P-zombie argument against physicalism.

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The Soviet Union: Achieving full employment

[Part of the Soviet Union series]

The Soviet labour ‘market’ was a peculiar one. Rather than the prevalence of unemployment, as we are used to, the Soviet Union not only achieved full employment, but also got to a situation where there were shortages of labour, even though a significant share of the population was working. In this post I clarify what does full employment mean in the Soviet context, and explain some aspects of their labour ‘market’ not covered in my previous post on this topic. As usual, this post covers the post-Stalin era. [1]

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