- "To make mankind great again, push to Mars" - an update from the new Mars Society meeting. I think getting to Mars isn't going to be elusive for very long, and it's likely going to be accomplished by Elon Musk. This isn't like interstellar travel. While there are a lot of risks involved, it's not like the technology to do this is beyond our capability. The bigger question mark for me is what happens after man walks on Mars. Is there going to be a colonization effort or not?
- Daron Acemoglu has a good post focusing our attention on growth in the midst of all these cyclical concerns. A lot of the attention has been on what Acemoglu says about patents but there are other good things in there too.
- This week I read a fun Paul Krugman article from 1996 called "White Collar Turns Blue", which is written as if he were looking back on the late 20th century from the vantage point of 2096. There's lots of good material in there on labor market trends especially.
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