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Dear social contractarians, suppose I agree with you that by being born “into society” that I am bound by an unwritten social contract, and therefore am bound to allegiance to my fellow citizens and the representatives they choose. Great, I agree. What, then, do you say to me when both my fellow citizens and especially […]

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Democracy Now! Or Not!

I think the same crowd of folks can be heard chanting, “Democracy Now!” in certain pretexts, but it seems that they have changed their tune recently to something closer to, “Authoritarianism Now!” I’m no expert in Political Science, nor do I think it appropriate of me to denigrate those who are, and I apologize if […]

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Obama and Ferguson

I don’t agree with Ezra Klein’s take on the President’s lack of action (public) on the ongoings in Ferguson. It’s not surprising that I disagree of course, but here is the main reason why. He assumes that only the “left” wants a rousing speech and show of leadership. Man if that sentiment is not representative […]

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11 Progressive Commandments

Courtesy of Vox. 1. “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.” 2.”We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.” 3. “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real […]

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Republicans are Rightly to Blame

I find all of the hand-wringing about the President’s use of Executive Power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel plants a bit annoying (that’s not the right word). We know that Executive Agencies like the EPA, FDA, FCC, etc. have a great deal of power, and the real difficulty with that power is […]

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From Tim Harford’s The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: Almost one in ten of China’s richest one thousand people sits in the National People’s Congress – a body of almost 3,000 lawmakers. Their average net worth is four times the average net worth of the richest politicians in the United States Congress, despite the fact that the […]

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Talk about Straw manning it. Hilariously, Matthews links to the highly debatable Cook paper where the 97% claim comes from. But that’s not really the point. The point, yet again, is that for such an enlightened, leading, scientific, research and data oriented website as Vox claims to be, is totally and horrendously disingenuous when it […]

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The federal government collected $350 billion from corporations in corporate income taxes last year. Economists have long understood and explain that the US federal (and state) corporate income tax rates are at the same time both too high and too low. Why do we say this? Well, the tax rate is, at the margin, very […]

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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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Readers should be on alert, this is me confirming my biases. I am sure, too, that this research is only the case in Eastern Europe, never could imagine the same result holding here in the good ol’ U.S.S. of A.  I found this interesting in light of last Friday’s post. School, what is it good […]

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