In defense of Brennanian epistocracy

I write this article in response to this piece written by Claire Lehmann at Quillette magazine.

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The surprising Human Development Index of Cuba

[Post adapted and translated from Spanish]

Cuba has an HDI of 0.815, the second highest in all Latin America, just behind Chile. Actually, 0.759, the ninth highest in Latin America. We could wonder why this is possible, given the island’s sociopolitical regime. Does castrism work?

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The paradox of Cuban GDP

[Translated from Spanish]

The calculation of Cuban GDP is, surprisingly, a contentious issue. There are those who say that Cuba is one of the richest countries of Latin America, and there are those who say that the Cuban economy is mediocre. Who is right, and what causes this divergence?

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Suicide, fast and slow / Book Review: Every Cradle is a Grave (Sarah Perry)

Sarah Perry, contributing editor of Ribbonfarm, and killer risotto maker (no joke, check the book), wrote a book about suicide and antinatalism some years ago. It hasn’t got much attention, which makes it an excellent choice for one of my blogposts, following my policy of not writing about what others are writing about.

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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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