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One of the strawiest straw-men ignited by those with a collective bent is that the support for classical liberal ideas is akin to atomistic antihumanity. No need to delve deeper into that point here aside from pointing out that this is not at all an uncommon charge. Of course, the entire point of classical liberalism […]

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Let me get this straight. When it comes to Lyft and Uber, we must deeply care about the existing regulated incumbents. And of course, rather than calls to ease up the burdens on the very regulated taxi industry, all I’ve run across are calls to put the shackles (in the name of fairness and safety […]

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Corporations have (sometimes rightly) been accused of all sorts of things. Among the charges include the (over)use of advertising not merely to make us aware of their products but to make us want products we didn’t ever imagine ourselves wanting. Among the most hated corporations these days would be those involved in monocropping, pesticide, fungicide, […]

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Every time one sees the word “consensus” or “science” as it pertains to global warming, prepare to be misled and bamboozled and keep all matches away from the straw. This “finding” again shows that most Americans “agree” with the “consensus” on climate change.  Again, this is not a case of trying to be charitable to […]

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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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GDP = National Income. It is argued that GDP is not a reliable measure of well-being. I agree. Therefore income is not a reliable measure of well-being. Therefore income inequality is not a reliable measure of the distribution of well-being. And before you jump into my tribal pool, this could very well mean that well […]

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You might remember the 2012 campaign trail when the Commander in Speech uttered, “You didn’t build that.” OK, so maybe that was out of context, and he didn’t really mean what his critics thinks he meant. Fine. Let’s assume the charitable version of his point – that even private enterprise “requires a village” and that it is […]

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Of course, a woman has a right to choose what to do with her own body. Without taking a position on abortion here, does one not find it a wee-bit awkward that a woman cannot decide for herself, in NYC, to consume trans-fats sold by food purveyors? Does one not find it a wee-bit awkward […]

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Forgive my stereotyping. I’d argue that a general position on the right is that “they” are opposed to the expansion of Pell Grants. Indeed, a hypothesis (that I’ve even published on back in my days as a useful scholar) that gained traction in those circles is known as the “Bennett Hypothesis” – a not crazy […]

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The emperor indeed has no clothes and it’s apparently a feature of the argument, not a bug: Barry Ritholtz: U.S. on Highway to Flunking Out, by Barry Ritholtz: Roads are crumbling, bridges are collapsing, and what was once considered one of the greatest achievements of any government anywhere has fallen into embarrassing disrepair. I am of course discussing our […]

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