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This post is not intended to be an all-encompassing discussion of the problem of kidney shortages, and the main arguments for an against, rather it is a lightly edited illustration of the conversations we have after I teach lectures on the “efficiency” of the current kidney allocation system. Indeed, we end up having one to […]

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Black Americans disproportionately suffer from kidney disease. Our current policy bans any market incentives from helping them out. By any definition of racism from Kendi and others, therefore having a price control of zero in kidneys IS RACIST. And it is therefore ANTIRACIST to advocate for more market oriented organ policies. Of course, the Hash […]

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Economist Thomas Sowell writes in Discrimination and Disparities: A study titled The Poor Pay More saw the poor in general as “exploited consumers,” taken advantage of by stores located in low-income neighborhoods. (Here are two studies, here and here). This view was echoed in the media, in government and in academic publications. Yet, because many […]

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You can’t just toss around the term “renewables,” it has no meaning. It really doesn’t. In addition to it having no meaning, the term is often conflated with “good” which again doesn’t follow from the definition. In any case, in today’s episode, this is your reminder that if you want to have intermittent and poorly […]

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Solar powered trash cans do not pass the smell test. It is claimed that by installing solar panels on a bulky trash can that landfill space is saved and that maybe carbon emissions are reduced. Of course, the places that purchase and use these trash cans seem to not actually measure whether these trash cans […]

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But I must admit this one is great.

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OK, if the scientific method is a tool of western cis-white-privilege, how will the case to fight global warming be made? And wouldn’t proposed solutions therefore be thinly veiled ways to further ensconce that privilege? Throttling economic development, localism, banning of gas and conventional fuels, etc. will all hurt people who have yet to experience […]

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From my friend Chris M: I wonder how many people share both of these sentiments concurrently? The last U.S. election was invalid because the electoral college usurped the popular vote. The brexit results were wrong and we should have a revote. Indeed. When I hear the words “more Democracy” uttered, I simply hear, “I want […]

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It is obviously extremely hard to pin down a solid figure for how many people are going to be displaced due to the challenges posed by a warming planet. But virtually every publication I have read on the challenges of global warming rank the issue of “climate refugees” as both a serious political and economic […]

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If you look at the major risks to human health and well-being around the world, you will quickly come to realize that climate change ranks nowhere near the top of the list. For example, the WHO and various other estimates show that something like 10 million people per year die from easily curable infectious diseases […]

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