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Biggs and Richwine examine the American Time Use Survey to find that: What we found was that during a typical workweek, private-sector employees work about 41.4 hours. Federal workers, by contrast, put in 38.7 hours, and state and local government employees work 38.1 hours. In a calendar year, private-sector employees work the equivalent of 3.8 […]

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In My Mail Pile

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Today continues the Reasonable People series seeking questions and answers on policy that’s desirable in a world not with zero government failure, but rather in a government functioning near the higher end of its realistic range of performance in a high-trust (and highly trustworthy) society. First question today: is there any federal highway spending that a reasonable […]

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A logical first topic to connect the new Reasonable People series to my earlier posts on carbon taxes: what might a reasonable person advocate? At minimum the “no regrets” price for carbon is appropriate but probably the ideal is likely the median damage estimate among studies published in reputable journals. Deep uncertainty about the extent, effects, […]

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[Editor's Note: This is an update of the original post] Today starts a new series: we're exploring what policies a reasonable person in a pluralistic society would advocate.  This is coming from the perspective of a Hayekian fan of spontaneous order who tolerates and understands the Rawlsian desire for transfers to attempt to smooth, within […]

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I’m Back!

Sorry for the long gap in my contributions but I’ll have content for you soon!

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On a Weekend Walk

I recalled a passage I had read recently. Guess who might have said it? The fallacious doctrine that government must subsidize all conservation (would ultimately) bankrupt either the treasury, the land or both. I came across it in this nice book by Eric Freyfogle called The Land We Share. That was from Aldo Leopold. Now […]

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Straw Mann

Pre-Post UPDATE: Since I last posted about Climate Change and the Consensus, I actually forgot to add one more element that is strangely NOT part of the consensus (it’s not important as far as I am concerned, but relevant given the marketing of the stuff you will read about down below). What is that? It […]

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Yikes.

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A few days ago Alex attempted to be a voice of reason in the “debate” about the symbolism and status-seeking involved in the purchase of many environmental goods. The case of the Prius was used as an illustration. Here is one point he made: Despite this, I must speak in defense of Prius buyers. Sure, […]

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