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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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In the litany of noise that we hear about “respecting diversity” what I originally imagined was that we should respect diversity because there is a lot of value to be had from learning from, sharing with, playing with, dating, marrying, trading with, writing music with, etc. people who are different than us. And what I […]

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I vaguely recall people arguing, during the health care “debates” that the increased cost of health care puts American firms at a disadvantage and hurts American workers because health costs eat up so much of the firms’ labor costs – so pay is lower than it otherwise would be, and firms have to skimp on […]

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Building off an earlier post, I want to continue to reemphasize my newfound support for banning fracking and anything that could be remotely as harmful as it. Why the reprise? Well, this past weekend our family spent a wonderful day touring around the Finger Lakes. The area is in our estimation one of the most underrated […]

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Why? Because I am NOT an anti-science zealous denier. Here’s what I want those who also think they are steeped in sciency-goodness to do: (1) Explain the known health risks of drinking sugary beverages. This includes how much we know (and we know, I’ve read the “science”) about how much soda contributes to BMI, this […]

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