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On Shame

Perhaps the least appreciated idea in the western world today is the importance of shame. When I get my act together, I hope to begin a series on the topic. In a world populated with opportunism, and in a world where it seems a not insignificant portion of support for government is thinly veiled attempt […]

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Here was the unfriendly note I sent to the students who are openly advocating for damaging my relationship with my employer: P.S none of us are in the business of smashing windows and regardless of our ideological differences, … Also we (Margaret joe and I) expected that you’d be anti Union and gave SEIU heads up and they […]

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In 1960, 0.9% of the American population received disability benefits. In other words, 1 out of every 111 people you encountered received disability. Today, 5.9% of the American population received disability benefit. In other words, 1 out of every 17 people you encounter is receiving disability. Note that Americans are living longer, cars and driving […]

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I think I have stumbled upon a way to teach comparative advantage to those otherwise predisposed not to understand it, or to simply reject it because their tribal affiliations suggest they are supposed to. The beautiful insights from the basic Ricardian setup lead one to conclude that while Wintercow is surely the least intelligent economist […]

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In my inbox today … I badly want to go argue for the “Pro” side: Hi _________: I am a librarian in the Business Division at the Central Library.   We will be hosting a debate on Thursday, February 25th from 5-7pm on the $15 minimum wage issue.  I am looking for one more person to […]

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Here is Coyote’s take on the intellectual environment on college campuses, and the recent “news” at Yale (I copied his entire post below): Via Reason, but the story is all over After giving Holloway his comeuppance, they moved on to Nicholas Christakis, master of Silliman College. What was Christakis’s crime? His wife, an early childhood […]

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The latest on “food deserts” impacting nutritional disparities across class: “Though significant, spatial differences in access are small and explain only a fraction of the variation that we observe in the nutritional content of household purchases.” And try this, “we further find that the nutritional quality of purchases made by households with low levels of income and education […]

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Tim Taylor summarizes the data from the Center for Responsive Politics: Total spending for the 2014 Congressional races looks like it will come in at about $4 billion, quite similar to the amount spent in 2012 and 2010. In the context of a high-income country with a population of nearly 320 million, this is not […]

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In accepting subsidies for economic development, we read: We are deeply grateful to the Governor and our state delegation for their support and recognition. We also understand our efforts have only just begun and look forward to continuing to work with the state to build a new economic future for our region. Really? Thanks to […]

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As we’ve said here many times, we are NOT permitted to speak freely and honestly about race and the current state of affairs in America, But please allow me the following: Will the guilt-ridden and angry people of all stripes please spell out for me what someone like me is supposed to do. I am told […]

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