November 6, 2016
At first glance, the Torah does not address the issues of economic and social order (surely, it does not discuss distinctions between free capitalist and socialist approaches). Talmudic sources, occasionally restricting economic freedom, often reflected realities of communities which survived under pressure of hostile environment and were in permanent need of mobilization to meet external challenges. At the same time, the Torah, the Tanakh and the Talmud prescribe limited government and rule of law. But above all, the Torah provides the most powerful protection of private property and personal rights: the protection is sanctified by the Lord and based on moral imperatives, rather than being just for the sake of economic efficiency.
The paper (in Hebrew) is uploaded at SSRN.
October 17, 2016
Professor Mordechai Kedar (the article is in Hebrew) compares level of terrorism provided from Yaffo, Haifa and East Jerusalem. He arrives to the same conclusions, our paper is reasoning on the basis of Israel and international experience. Haifa and Yaffo Arabians face everyday reality, translating them message: “there is close to zero chance to push Jews out”. East Jerusalem Arabians face another reality and read another “message”: Jewish power and Jewish presence on the ground still restricted and hesitant. This reality rises reasonable hope for terrorists to destroy Jews, so it provides much stronger incentives for terrorist violence.
October 1, 2016
California is exemplary ‘liberal’ (means dominated by Lefts) state. The Left ideology and policy could be formally defined as priority of care over defense, staunch support of governmental monopoly on legitimate violence and more (see definition of Left here in Introduction to the book “How the Import of Modern Western Institutions Suppresses Economic Growth: 1990-ties East-West and West-East Transition”).
Successes in promotion the above mentioned Monopoly are naturally cause Governmental failure to defend citizens (see Utoya island massacre case; see more responses here).
Police officer running away the armed criminal could become new reality in the Los Angeles. So the citizens believing in the ‘Monopoly on legitimate violence’ take the risk to open one more Pandora’s Box.
September 3, 2016
August 29, 2016
Here is highly recommended article written by Jeff Jacoby on punishment deterrence capacity and his link on excellent collection of scientific articles on the issue.
Classical paper by Isaak Ehrlich (1975) must be added to the above mentioned list of papers.
BTW, both, dead felons and dead terrorists can’t kill.
July 27, 2016
More and more people publicly share their concern about incentives caused by US military aid for Israel. The problem we had discussed since 2011 (Yanovskiy Moshe, US Aid for Israel – A Historical Overview (version on March 3, 2014).
Ex-ambassador Yoram Ettinger presented his reasons why Israel shouldn’t accept U.S. aid? Previously he insisted. Ettinger had explained previously, that ‘Israel Must Be Defiant; ‘US Doesn’t Want a Wimp Ally‘ so US Aid harms both sides.
Former Israeli general (Maj. Gen. (Res) Gershon Hacohen, former commander of the IDF’s Northern Command and head of the army’s war colleges): US military aid harms Israel. General is focused on conditionalities of the programs mainly.
Unfortunately, government of Israel being fully aware of the problem follows the course predicted by Mancur Olson theory of special interests groups – asking for more and more ‘generous’ US Aid programs.
General references on Rashi:
“According to Rashi, who was one of the most important pillars of Jewish thought, this story teaches us that liberty has a price; that it’s better to have a bitter leaf taken directly from the hand of God than to be given something sweet as honey by mortal men, … The lesson here is that the bitter taste of things we accomplish on our own is preferable to the sweet privileges than can imprison us.”
May 29, 2016
Fourteen months has passed since the day of elections and more than one year since Government 34 of Israel has been sworn in 14 May, 2015 – long enough for the various political parties to demonstrate their readiness to live up to pre-election promises. Comparing practical action taken in this time with pre-elections platforms provides a fair notion of the dynamics and choices made by party leaders: whether scrupulously to follow the line as previously defined and refined, or to try new approaches.
The paper, just presented (uploaded at SSRN) explores the leading Israeli parties’ positions (the right-wing mainly) on the key issues. The set of “key issues” is our choice and contains Judicial (legal system) reform, Judea and Samaria status, 2nd amendment right and self-defense, other security issues, economic policies. The paper is focused primarily on the most important issues like Kfar Duma arson case (investigation was accompanied by grave violation of suspected persons’ rights), terror wave, Gas deal, new legislation weakening real estate owner’s rights for the developers’ benefit and more.
The principal issue of the paper is the parties’ commitments to their pre-election promises and informal mandates.
May 22, 2016
Sergei Zhavoronkov and Kirill Rodionov have presented the report “Nanny State: few notes on origin and political machine” at Prague Conference on Political Economy. The paper develops and upgrades previous researches: Universal Suffrage: Undeclared Conflict of Interest and The Puzzle of Selectivity in Fighting Discrimination: A Public Choice Approach.
The main concern of discussant turned to be the issue authors had addressed to the final section of the report: political feasibility of the Taxpayers’ Democracy restoration.
Besides the report, we have addressed the same question previously at the chapter “Rebuilding the Democracy of Taxpayer” of our book How the Import of Modern Western Institutions Suppresses Economic Growth: 1990-ties East-West and West-East Transition.
March 21, 2016
The new paper is uploaded at SSRN: To Kill Hope? In Search of a Reliable Strategy to Fight Terrorism
Nor does history of Israel suggest any reasonable expectation that terrorists will be appeased by concessions of any kind, whether transfer of funds or relinquishing territory to terrorist control. Neither statistical analysis nor the study of particular cases support such a hypothesis.
The immediate and most obvious criterion of success for belligerent is the control of new territory and its population, which allows terrorists freedom of movement and opportunities to try new terrorist technologies and take the initiative in dynamic situations. Loss of land and population, humiliating defeat, or ostentatious display of triumph by the enemy, in contrast, discourage both terrorist leaders and perpetrators, who would lose the posthumous reward typically promised them in the guise of prestige and income for their families.
Factual instances and statistical data provide evidence to support the hypothesis that terrorism is best put down by force. When opting for such a strategy, it is of critical importance that military personnel be provided with appropriate legal protection.
Few additional stories available in Supplemental materials.
The paper contains three stories. The 1st – Israel legal system take its position at war. Since Israel court system choose to become politicized and sided Left parties in their political struggle. Judges’ decisions regarding security problems experienced pretty specific shift to the position, presented below. The 2nd covers issue of competing claims for murder, proving rational approach of terrorists gangs leaders in their fundraising. The 3rd story brings rational interpretation for Israel mainstream (leftist) mass Medias’ coverage of terrorism in support of “peace process” solution.
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu just endorsed our paper 🙂
February 1, 2016
Euro-bureaucrats had invited millions savages from Middle East and North Africa. It turned to be new “Europeans” destined by Brussels to vote for Big Unlimited Government, say, not obsessed by their children fate. Now it turned to be 10000 children missed and they even not care… They hate us more than love their children, as Golda Meir once has said.
Pay attention, no “official” feminists cry for the missed children, no one child-caring bureaucrat has been detected working hard to prevent massive disappearance. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) of September 2, 1990 prepared and adopted mainly as an judicial instrument to take a child from the family “in the best interests of the child” (see article 9) – it is not about missing 10000 children. Leftist Guardian already preparing to blame “white christian European men” for sex exploitation of poor cute creatures in the Hungary and in Germany.
So, unfortunately, our worst expectations on real intentions of governmental intervention in intra-family relations of law-abiding people of the West and, specifically regarding government which belongs in nursery come true.