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We’re quite accomplished at that here in the United States. I wonder, do you actually feel good when you have to impose force in order to get people to do something? Is it really altruism, when for example, if tax dollars are collected to provide food for the hungry? It may be morally correct, from […]

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Now it seems that the offering of options to people is now morally questionable, and perhaps even exploited: “This means that even if you have no possessions to sell and cannot find a job, nobody can reasonably criticise you for, say, failing to sell a kidney to pay your rent. If a free market in […]

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Coyote reports: Spending enormous resources on a program to reduce X, and then not tracking (or even putting in place a mechanism to track) whether X was reduced as promised.   James Taranto quoting the National Journal quoting Administration officials: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured […]

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Don’t you just love how the word “conventional” as in: conventional farming conventional building conventional energy sources … has taken on a disparaging meaning … except when people get it in their idea that the “climate” should be “conventional” forever and ever and ever. And ever.

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Because they are all evil and want to harm children, the poor and Mother Earth. Here is yet another finding about the energy “efficiency” of “green” buildings: Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by  Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good. […]

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Among some of the most unproductive questions I am asked regularly include questions of the type, “are you in support of XYZ?” As if XYZ is some monolithic, black and white, easy to understand and represent with the word XYZ, thing. Of course, it is not. So, in the past I’ve been very evasive when […]

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The causes of income inequality are numerous, complex and poorly understood. Therefore I am going to present an entirely simplified thought experiment that would “solve” the problem and then take myself really seriously in terms of advancing the idea. We should endorse the immediate and rapid end of Harvard and any other elite university in […]

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Much of my “leisure” time has been spent in the ecology and climate literature of late. One thing is really startling for me, especially among the moralistic aspects of environmental policy. Climate activists and policymakers seem to indicate that the “baseline” or “right” climate is that which existed between 1960 and 1980. After all, that […]

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I just finished reading a wonderful book on the history of Buffalo called City on the Edge. There’s much to talk about in there. But one thing that happened in Buffalo that has happened all over the country was the “flight” from the inner cities by the middle class during the 50s and 60s. This, rightly or […]

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One of the myriad justifications for the passage of the PPACA, and subsequent defenses of going even further (e.g. government paying for all of our health insurance) is that by taking the burden of firms providing health insurance premiums to their workers, it will make firms more internationally competitive. Long ago, we discussed how the […]

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