Why economists and sociologists are not so libertarians, and vice versa

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ABSTRACT, and PREFACE

Although a social scientist and a libertarian will often meaningfully talk to each other, sometimes agree on issues, or even struggle together for some freedom-and-justice  targets mix, their inner logic will systematically diverge. I argue here.

What follows, in Italian, is also an epistemic meditation on a generous but failed attempt to create a new libertarian movement in Italy: “Fare per fermare il declino” (Let’s do something to stop the decline).

On the one hand, even an ethically strongly motivated social scientist puts, as a MetaNorm, Science methods,  networks (visible and invisible colleges), norms and trust – on a higher rank than his own ideological preferences.

On the other hand, even the most learned and specialized libertarian as I am too in some respect (perhaps), “en tant que libertaire” (s)he would stick to axioms, beliefs she’s not ready to put into that Washing Machine. i.e.,  the scientific experimental (lab, economtric, sociometric and\or thought experiment), trial and eventually “phalsification” Popperian preconcepts-washing processes.

Then, there is the worst of contemporary “culture”:

Derrida- Foucault- US “French Theory”

(the PostModern sub-culture excluding; forgetting the only one today’s great French Philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas: even if he was a Derrida’s magister! And the #PostMoMobs read a paper on him in On Grammatology); they will object that we’re #PaleoPositivists: see Helen Pluckrose @HPluckrose and discussion on her post here:  https://areomagazine.com/2017/03/27/how-french-intellectuals-ruined-the-west-postmodernism-and-its-impact-explained/

Ref.s

1 François Cusset 2003, French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United State. La Découverte;

2 bruno latour 2004, http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/89-CRITICAL-INQUIRY-GB.pdf  – Why Has Critique Rub Out of Steam? …, Critical Inquiry 30 (Winter 2004)

3 Helen Pluckrose @HPluckrose. March 27, 2017 post:
How French “Intellectuals” Ruined the West: Postmodernism and Its Impact, Explained

I wrote on fb today:
Enzo Arcangeli presso Instituto de Economia da Unicamp.
1 h · San Paolo, Brasile ·

Delle sostanziali differenze tra economisti- sociologi, e liberali.

I primi, se sono serii e on fiatin Popperiani, sono laici verso qualsiasi forma-modalita’ delle istituzioni sociali possa funzionare meglio, nei diversi contesti e scopi.
As usual in Science, possono sbagliare clamorosamente, come il povero Aoki di Stanford con la sua J firm, formalizzata ok, ma gabellata per geneticamente superiore, in quanto piu’ lungimirante della M firm (proprio per il difetto della J di farsi credito da se’ e non dover fare affatto profitti di BP!), ahime’ proprio poco prima che Japan e Keiretsu arrivassero a fine corsa.

I liberali delle varie costellazioni della galassia, tendono ad ipostatizzare i mercati perfetti, e questo cum juicio ci sta [poi arrivano, se del caso, le evidenze empiriche di non contendibilita’ o cmq fallimenti].
La cosa che io trovo in loro piu’ intellett. disonesta e’ il parlare AS IF vi fosse un unico Capitalismo. Ossia, praticano il “capitalismo scientifico” proprio come i soc-dem tedeschi fecero parlare Marx morto di un ancor piu’ idiota “socialismo scientifico”. Ed il capitalismo induista del Gujarat sorto prima che in GB, come lo facciamo rientrare nel Calvinismo?

Gli economisti e sociologi partono dalle loro piu’ diverse ideologie personali (che entrano legittimamante nei Lakatosian research programmes, or Kuhnian paradigms), ma poi strada facendo si contaminano, sono stocasticamente attratti da analisi rigorose, metodologie validate ed evidenze empiriche robuste. Salvo le code di economisti troppo “di scuola”, o la VERGOGNOSA iattura dei residui marxisti in sociologia.
Ad es. il cult dei liberali, che si vede bene non lo conoscano ne’ biograficamente ne’ personalmente (io lo incontrai quando insegnammo assieme a Cargese), Coase arriva laburista negli States e proprio per questo si focalizza sul momento essenziale SOCIALISTA dell’organizzazione (opposta al mercato) che gli altri ignoravano.
Facendo cosi’ una delle 10 piu’ importanti scoperte delle scienze sociali del ‘900.

The Nature of the firm.

Googhoo or Micrhoo? Search ads monopoly or duopoly?

A LUCKY DAY: 3 concurrent BNs !!!

BREAKING NEWS 1: download S&Tn 2

Today’s 2stnews080521 no.2 Science & Tehnology newsletter, focusing on Yahoo and IPRs.

AS ALWAYS IN STN: A LOT OF APPLE PUBLISHING, AND ALL THE STORY IN TWO PAGES: WE ARE ALMOST COMPETITIVE WITH BREAKINGVIEWS THAT SAY IT (AND EVEN MORE) IN ONE PAGE

RELATED BREAKING NEWS 2 and 3:

 

2. MSFT WANTS TO BUY FACEBOOK AND MERGE IT WITH YAHOO (SEARCH ONLY)? Read, comment scobleizer.com on WordPress.

OBJECTIONS and ALTERNATIVES from a  number of blog posts in TechCrunch (we read hundreds of pages, and found them by far best value, together with breakingviews sempre primo della classe). Our synthesis:

FAQ 1. If the strategy is Facebook, to make it a sort of “gated community” (Robert Scoble’s alarming hypothesis), then what for Yahoo? Only Panama costs $20 bn (Citigroup estimate) 

FAQ 2. If MSFT now focuses Life Search Cashback, what for:

a) Facebook? Certainly not for above $10 bn;

b) Panama? You just buy Yahoo Asia and  the ad search business, without the software, because you desperately need CRITICAL MASS.

 

3. Wednesday 21, A BIG EVENT OR NOT? INTERESTING!

After years of passive innovation, is Microsoft about to  break in search technology and its business model?

“The big news this week may actually be Microsoft’s upcoming announcement at Advance08. (…) I’ll be at the event and live blogging, so stay tuned.” Michael Arrington at Techcrunch.com

I know it wasn’t nice, but I asked Google Search about  “Life Search Cashback“, it gave me all the list (people blogging from the Advance08 Conference today) but also asked me whether I actually meant “Life Search cash back” (I wanted to tell him, but not yet interactive: “sorry Engine, I understand you know the dictionary and you’ll learn more: but I was right”).

MORE  IN OUR ST Newsletter no.2: 2stnews080521 

WHO’S AFRAID OF (an independent) YAHOOLF?

NOBODY. It just happened: it was taken in between Microsoft and Google, in their global wars 1.0  – january 31 to may 15 2008 – and 1.1 (now). Google won the first run, but now it’s different.

April ‘o8 search shares:  62% GOOG, 17.5% YHOO, 9.7% MSN (MSFT), 4.3% AOL, 2.1% Ask.com (Nielsen data).

Users april ’08: 128 million G., 122m M., 117m Y., 105.5m Time Warner (AOL). Nielsen data.

US Searches same month – source Hitwise: 67.90% G, 20.28% Y, 6.26& M, 4.17% ask.com. MSN loosing ground from March to April, according to Hitwise.

1Q08 (4Q07) spending by US search advertisers: 70.4% (74.5%) G., 24.2% (19.6%) Y., 5.4% (5.9%) M. (NYT from SearchIgnite). Yahoo eroding Google’s share, according to this source.