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In our measures of welfare in economics, we pay careful attention to the impacts an exchange has not just on those parties who are involved in the exchange, but also to third parties who may be receiving benefits or incurring costs as a result of Person A exchanging with Person B. What economics tends to not do […]

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Quite literally almost every single person involved in college athletics/kidney donations gets paid except the very people who are generating the lion’s share of value in the first place. Tell me an argument in favor of banning kidney sales and then insert “college athlete” and see how that sounds. Of course, neither the athlete nor […]

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Oh, you thought it was the Trumpian loonies? Think again. The same “democratizers” that came to U of R last spring have descended on Harvard. Isn’t it totally fascinating how “professional” the union organizing apparatus is? Sounds pretty darn ironic for a group of people who are “against the man.”  In any case, one of […]

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Building Union Culture 101

At my graduate alma mater: Shortly after commencing the meeting, CGSU voted to expel The Sun’s reporter in attendance. Here is the full story at Cornell. Try this one: “Our goal is not just to win the election, but to build a union culture on campus, Mission accomplished.

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So, the SEIU showed up on campus a few weeks ago and they are trying to organize … ME. Here are some U of R kids showing support: For the record: The SEIU will not answer my questions about who they are trying to organize and how they obtained information about those faculty. Of course, […]

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The effective altruism movement seems to be taking off. It is not at all hard to understand the appeal. Many of us (not me of course, I don’t care) struggle every day with the notion of trying to live a good life and as part of that life we want to have a positive impact […]

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I’m not much fun to go out with anymore (that presumes I ever was fun in the first place). Any sign, slogan, bumper sticker, protest, comment, etc. elicits a reaction from me – mostly simply with me asking the question, “How do you know?” That’s not a way to make friends or keep wives happy. […]

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Allow me to ask a sort of stupid (series of?) question: (1) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of vaccines? (2) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the efficacy of vaccines in preventing disease? OK. (3) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of GMO foods? (4) What does the […]

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Suppose you are worried that some particular activity threatens the water that you rely upon. In many cases, since there are so many possible polluters invading “our” water resources and since there are so many people who use a water source, the idea of arranging contracts between polluters and pollutees to get an optimum amount […]

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Nothing too deep here today. The reason to be enthusiastic about market institutions is not because there is some moral superiority that those institutions have over others (a case can be made if you wish) or that we should attempt to buy and sell as much as we can for its own sake. No, the reason to be supportive […]

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