Author Archives: Larry Liu

The Problem of Gun Control

It almost becomes a waste of time to have another dinner conversation around another school shooting carried out by a deranged person, who had access to guns. An examination of public polls shows that there is a solid majority of … Continue reading

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What’s the Problem with the Universal Basic Income?

Ian Goldin (2018) claims that even with accelerating technological change and the displacement of workers, we should not introduce a universal basic income (UBI), which he had called a “red herring”. I counter, in brief, that while his concerns about … Continue reading

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Why Did South Sudan Split From Sudan?

It was a total puzzle to me why this large country called Sudan suddenly decided to split itself in 2011, thus ushering in a new country of South Sudan. Foreign investors were happy nonetheless as they rained into the country … Continue reading

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Social Progress in Gender Relations (and Class Retrogression)

As a male person, it is rather difficult to claim that social progress in gender relations has been achieved, which some people might object would be like white people arguing that racism has been solved and rich people saying that … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Welfare Reform Austrian-Style

I had argued previously that whenever people are given the chance to punish the political establishment, usually by voting, it happens (Liu 2017). Regular political commentators had remarked that with both Brexit and Trump there was a certain pattern in … Continue reading

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Elton John: A Music Career with High Emotional Energy

Elton John has long been part of my music repertoire, and up until a few weeks ago I knew that he was no one-hit wonder, and had written a lot of very interesting songs that were nice to hear. Then … Continue reading

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Hikikomori: Isolated By Choice or Force?

One interesting social phenomenon in Japan involve so-called hikikomori, which is best translated as acute social withdrawal, loners, hermits. These are young people from their teens into their 40s, mostly male, who don’t leave their bedroom, usually in their parents’ house. … Continue reading

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