Lest I be accused of being a shill for the coal sector, one ought to peruse my many previous comments on coal. Furthermore, I do not own any direct stake in any coal company aside from what my Vanguard mutual funds may be investing in. Furthermore, supporting coal is not good for my long-term career […]
Category Archive for 'Extended Order'
Good economics recognizes that we do not produce merely for the sake of production, hobbies notwithstanding. In other words, the sole end of all production is consumption. The reason I am in here long before the break of dawn is not really because I particularly love combing through the NBER Working Papers, or that I […]
Today, the UN estimates that China produces about 18.9% of all global manufacturing output. Ignore whether this number has any meaning at all. Consider that in the mid-19th century, economic historians estimate that over 50% of all of the world’s goods were manufactured in England.
My wife is probably not the only person out there who is far more terrified of flying in an airplane than she is driving in a car. Now some of this terror has to do with a fear of heights or being locked in an enclosed space, and there is no “right” or “wrong” feeling […]
I know you used to watch the Price is Right! So, is our environment more like a train track or a plinko chip? If you were able to “set up” our climate, our oceans and our ecosystems with the same initial conditions in this same universe, say, 1 million times, and you let the […]
For those of you needing entertainment, I refer you to the latest edition of the wet sponge. We’re all just sharing opinions, that’s exactly the purpose of a university, right? Not the quest for knowledge? Not seeking truth? Not trying to live better? I refuse to go point by point, see the title of the […]
I’ve just finished reading a book about families attempting to live minimalist lifetimes. There’s much to be said about the issue of waste, but let’s not do that today. I am actually quite surprised that this part of the sustainability movement does not present itself a little bit more in favor of deregulation, decentralization and […]
I’m in the middle of a book on America’s garbage “crisis.” We’ve written plenty on the issue of trash in the past here so I wanted to focus on one particular claim that I encounter in almost every book and article on the topic. The argument is that companies like Coca-Cola are free-riding by offering […]
I assume some will find this in bad taste in light of last week’s tragedies in Boston. But just in case anyone was paying attention, we’re closing in on a dozen years since the WTC was destroyed and it’s rebuild is still not complete yet, so I find it hard to read notes that New […]
Did you ever spend gargantuan amounts of time obsessing about a particular decision or purchase? Which graduate school should you attend? What kind of car should you buy? Or spending weeks and weeks and weeks waiting for the perfect deal, or for a good-used version of some product that you want to come up for […]