How do “Micro-motives” relate to Global Politics?

Thomas Schelling introduced his book Micro-motives and Macro-Outcomes telling a story about a presentation he once gave. In the theatre where he spoke, lighting only allowed him to see the first few rows of seats, which were completely empty, leading him to conclude no one was in attendance. When the house lights came up, he could see the room was nearly full, with everyone seated in the area that appeared dark from the stage. Schelling notes that the front seats were equally accessible to attendees, but that each for their individual reasons—perhaps shared, perhaps different—led to people sitting closer to the back than to the front of the auditorium.
Schelling’s observation is consistent with the economic world view: individual transactions aggregate to larger outcomes in the market. Macro-economics is the study of the effects of the those individual transactions on the market as a whole, whereas micro-economics is the study of those transactions within individual cases.

Why Does Everything Bad Seem to Involve the Internet?

Everything bad involves the internet, because everything—good, bad or indifferent—involves the internet, and people want excuses for their failures. The internet is nearly the perfect modern day bogey man. Humans seem congenitally predisposed to justify undesirable outcomes by turning to external explanations. If there is something, anything, that available that could be the “root cause” […]

Why Should I Learn a Scripting Language?

Scripting allows you to automate tasks, which can require and initial investment, but pays off in the long run. People of a certain generation will remember the moderately popular television show Mr. Belvedere which told the story of British butler coming to live with an upper middle class American family. While the program indulged in […]