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Inequality and Revolution

Yes, I said the “R’ word. In order to persuade folks about the problems of “inequality” it would of course be nice to: Define precisely what inequality is. Are we talking about absolute inequality? Relative inequality. Tell us how we can actually measure it. Follow the SAME people over time. I’m sorry, but there is […]

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Yesterday I suggested that the articles on both Picketty’s super-duper-mega-important book of the century on capitalism as well as the Yglesias piece on the gender wage gap were deserving of a fine toothed comb. Here, Matt Rognlie (whose blog I used to follow but for some reason I can’t get his feed to work for […]

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Don’t you just love how the word “conventional” as in: conventional farming conventional building conventional energy sources … has taken on a disparaging meaning … except when people get it in their idea that the “climate” should be “conventional” forever and ever and ever. And ever.

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In this short Youtube clip, author and food activist Michael Pollan argues: Milk will always be the maximum number of paces from the door, and the reason is that most people want to get a quart of milk and they want them to pass as many other things as possible on the way — so […]

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It should be clear that by now if a reporter says something, then it simply must be true. I hate giving the blow by blow in the Climate Wars, because too much of it is yet another food fight and not well-intentioned people disagreeing. So here is Seth B., a regular climate reporter for the […]

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The “left” sees the last 34 years as a revival (was there ever a VIVAL?) of laissez-faire dogmatism. Some folks like myself see it as almost the diametric opposite. Of course, some of this could be “settled” by empirical evidence. The number of pages of regulations? The dollars spent complying with regulations? The number of […]

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Dear Global Warming Deniers: If it actually turns out that you are wrong and that the global damages from CO2 emissions may actually be harmful in the long run, are you prepared to suggest that we direct policies to do something about it, especially low or no regrets policies that will not doom us if […]

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For those of you looking for good reasons to support progressive taxation (note that is different than asking one group to pay more, we are asking them to pay more than more), I would suggest you stay away from the idea that “a dollar is worth more to a poor person than a rich person.” For starters, […]

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I find it very useful to question hard some of the things I think I know, and to also persuade myself that it is possible for me to support something that often-times I would be inclined to reject out of hand as being silly. Take for example the case of inflation. I know about all kinds of […]

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I hope one day many of you will have the pleasure of visiting a college class. And not just any college class, but one in which students are about to hear good news about some particular topic. I mean it. Good news. Why do I wish for you to see this episode? Because if I […]

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