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Category Archive for 'Caring'

The Shame of Recycling

We need not recount here the very simple economics required to determine whether recycling makes sense. The reality of the recycling world is that most of the “valuable” stuff out there is already being recycled and reused, and the question on residential recycling is about how we deal with low-value or even value-less trash in […]

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

While we go tweet-crazy about plastic straws … millions of people die from easily curable infectious diseases. Have a nice day.

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Selling the Dream

Realtors are quite well known for trying to make their properties sound good, and use language and discuss amenities that potential customers find attractive. If inequality were such a huge concern, how come we don’t see reports of Gini Coefficients in real estate listings, or some other such similar measures? Now, sure, this is my […]

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Gifts are the original sin of commerce. My theory is that this is why “the gift economy” is so cherished by critics of anonymous, ephemeral, market exchange. Market exchanges allow us to free ourselves from the power that our families and others exercise over us. The wider the extent of market competition, the less we […]

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It is good intellectual practice (probably not dinner party practice) to take your ideas until they can go no further. If I had one magic wand to wave, one feature I might consider is that all of our attempts to be liked or at least not appear to be one of the deplorables were seriously […]

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Can you hold the idea of “equal pay for equal work” and still be a strong advocate of progressive taxation? Ignore the moral arguments against progressive taxation – which include the political view of the founders warning against the tyranny of the majority … focus on the logical consistency for the moment. The idea of […]

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More from Walden: If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life … … I want the flower and fruit of a man; that some fragrance be wafted over from him to me, and some ripeness […]

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On Caring

Test, coming soon.

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