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Richard Dawkins famously put all kinds of free-thinker signs all over the London bus system over 30 years ago. That’s a kind of advertising I like. One particularly interesting one was: Since most people dismiss all religions except one, why not go the final step? To which I would only add, since I can imagine […]

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The dark-colored peppered moth is on the verge of extinction. And it IS very likely because of human activity. Voila! Evidence that humans are bad for species and ecosystems! Might I urge everyone to just take a deep breath and to think harder when information is presented to you? It turns out that the dark […]

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Not really in the mood to write about this – we live in a world of economic creationists. Nonethless, among the zillions of excellent logical questions one might ask proponents about it, only to be dodged, Jason Brennan (of Why Not Capitalism fame) asks this: If you believe employers owe employees a living wage, do […]

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Today marks the pinnacle of pathetic pandering in NYS as “we” head to the polls to annoint the latest power-mad, megalomaniacal people with our blessings of awesomeness. In that spirit, check out these 10 core principles from the “Bern’s” website:   AS PRESIDENT, SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WILL REDUCE INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY BY: Increasing the […]

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In this week’s edition of YCHIBW: In other words, trade steals jobs when it occurs across international boundaries, but not when it occurs across domestic boundaries. … PPS. I predict that the very same progressives that rely on the Card and Krueger study finding no employment effects from minimum wage differentials in neighboring states, will […]

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So, New York State (who is that, exactly?) passes an historic increase in the minimum wage. It argues, implicitly, that raising costs to $15 per hour will benefit workers and not have the adverse consequences economists warn about. Of course, there are myriad adverse consequences, not just unemployment, so keep your eye on the ball. […]

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In a day I thought I would never see … the Voxers have turned into Classical Liberals. You don’t believe me? Check out this article on how “groups” (i.e. collectives) don’t exist. But there’s just one problem: Millennials don’t exist. … “the entire idea of ‘generations’ is unscientific, condescending, and stupid.” If they are willing […]

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So we relaxed restrictions on what Cuban baseball players have to do in order to play baseball in America. The argument goes that Cubans placed themselves in harm’s way to make the dangerous journey here, and that they are really productive at their jobs once in America, and that we wish for them to be […]

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All of these accept the premise that future damages from anthropogenic warming will be serious, i find this to be a useful discussion strategy: Climate change will cause massive heat and drought and leave people in need of food. OK, compare then, the most effective and optimistic scenarios for reducing CO2 emissions and preventing warming […]

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I next propose a tax on marriage homogeneity! Why? Well, Tyler Cowen points to some new research: Assortative mating is returning to Gilded Age levels … Patterns of intermarriage between persons who have varying levels of educational attainment are indicators of socioeconomic closure and affect the family backgrounds of children. This article documents trends in […]

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