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Category Archive for 'You Can’t Have it Both Ways'

On Agendas

Is there any reason to believe that folks who have a “corporate agenda” are any more or less trustworthy, or shills, or misleading, or whatever pejorative you wish to use, than the myriad folks who have an “anti-corporate” agenda? It’s not as if there is not a huge bucketful of money and fame and celebrity […]

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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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(1) Corporations like Walmart disproportionately benefit from the existence of antipoverty programs like Medicaid and Food Stamps. Why? Because when these are available to people, Walmart does not have to provide people with a wage that, alone, would be enough for these workers to sustain themselves since the government is already providing it. (2) Corporations […]

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An article has been making the rounds recently about scientists at Harvard being fairly certain that aerosolic geoengineering approaches would be able to reduce the GHG effect by 50% or more, and in fact do so in a way that not only cools the planet, but does so in a way to ensure that we […]

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Once again, let’s line up along our ideological preferences and use those to masquerade as real economics. Those who are in favor of net neutrality may seem to be doing so because the term “neutrality” seems to indicate “fairness” or even “correct.” Of course, the entire point of any economic system is to treat different users […]

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In reading a bit about urban growth and congestion from drivers I’ve come across an argument made by the planocracy against the expansion of roads. The argument? That it makes little sense to build more roads because of the “problem” of induced demand. In other words, only in the mind of a planner is it […]

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Let’s accept two common arguments: If we have unfettered domestic capitalism, such as is claimed exists within the United States, over time you will see the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. If we have unfettered global capitalism, such as that which manifests itself in free trade around the world, you should be worried […]

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In the news earlier this week was the release of the IPCC Synthesis Report. The newsworthiness of the release is rather hilarious given that it is simply a synthesis of reports that the IPCC has been releasing over the past year. This is a great boon to the news industry – since they get to […]

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Let’s think back to the bailout of GM. “We” bailed them out because, it is claimed, their failure would cause a cascade of economic horrors. So, even though many people “believed” (i.e. SAY they believed) it would be good economics to let businesses make it on their own or fail, in times of crisis, the […]

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The economic evidence is pretty clear that: The global warming that has happened to date (we’ve warmed the planet by 0.85 degrees celsius since 1880) has been, on net, an economic positive. That is, the world is richer and safer as a result of the global warming that has already occurred as compared to a counterfactual world […]

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