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Walter Scheidel on what really reduces inequality: Violent shocks
Interview with author of / summary of perhaps the most depressing of the books I read while on vacation.
Yet another year in which you haven’t won a Nobel Prize!
"I want to remind those of you who work in obscure research areas, produce unpopular artworks, or face ridicule for untimely writing, that history will be your final judge, not your contemporaries."
Victim entitlement to behave selfishly.
"Three experiments demonstrated that feeling wronged leads to a sense of entitlement and to selfish behavior."