By Amy Willis
I’m still thinking (a LOT) about last week’s EconTalk episode with Angela Duckworth on “Grit.” Specifically, “grit” seems one of those oh-so-common-sensical notions…But how, I still wonder, can I teach grit to my son? Or somehow ensure he possesses it otherwise? I found this New Yorker article on “resilience” from February interesting. How much do you think a child’s context affects his ability to be “gritty” or “resilient?” And does it really only emerge when one is under stress? In the case of my son, I surely hope that’s not true…I also wonder how the work of Garmezy and his students relates to Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets, also mentioned in the Duckworth EconTalk episode. Any thoughts? (You can also check out my questions from last week in the Duckworth Extra.)
A lot of us at Econlib identify as libertarian. As such, this US election is particularly interesting to watch, with Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld potentially grabbing a foothold. Here’s Scott Sumner explaining why he identifies libertarian, along with an interesting piece on the evolution of the Libertarian Party by Liberty Fund Senior Fellow Pat Lynch at the Library of Law & Liberty. Of course, not everyone thinks libertarianism is such a good idea. Here’s Michael Lind on EconTalk in 2013 arguing that libertarians are wrong about how best to organize society. (Note: Always a fine idea to re-read this.) Why do people identify along libertarian lines in the first place? Do we just pick and choose facts and stories that fit our preconceived narratives? That’s what Jonathan Haidt suggests. Or maybe we just speak different languages, as Arnold Kling suggests.
As you no doubt have gathered, I’m a big fan of books. But what happens to books when they’re translated? Is translation merely a question of marketing, with some books today being “born translated?” And why did it take soooo long for some to be translated in the past? (Speaking of Don Quixote, if you haven’t checked out Francisco Marroquin’s MOOC on Quixote, you’re missing out.)
Here’s hoping you’re having a great weekend!