At Upshot, Nate Cohn has settled on a very specific line about Bernie Sander (I, II) that I don’t think he argues very well for. The argument in a nutshell is this: Bernie Sanders is very liberal and so he appeals to others who are very liberal, but not to those [...]
So I’ve been reading this paper from libertarian philosopher Matt Zwolinski about why a basic income is both consistent with, and even required by, libertarian precepts.
What’s interesting about Zwolinski basic income advocacy is that the way it works is by first establishing that property is anti-libertarian, in the sense that it clearly [...]
People have asked me to write a more general post about the Bernie Sanders interruption thing (beyond pointing out how amusing the explanation of it by its organizer was). I used to write posts about this campus style of language-obsessed, gesture-obsessed leftism, but I have greatly bored of it. So let’s just cut [...]
A liberal activist blogger conference apparently interrupted Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. I wasn’t there and didn’t really follow the rabid tweeting, but got the gist that it was because these candidates ignore Black issues. I went looking for more comprehensive subsequent coverage and found some hilarious stuff, specifically around Bernie Sanders. Let us review.
When you point out that other countries grow as fast (or faster) than the US does and innovate as much (or more) than the US does, all while having higher tax levels, lower poverty, and lower inequality, eventually partisans of laissez-faire capitalism come around to say those countries are all one-off exceptions owing to their [...]
Often, it’s said that welfare states are dizzyingly complicated. So many programs! Impossible to rationalize! But this isn’t necessarily true. You can make welfare systems that are bizarrely complicated, but laying out a basic welfare framework doesn’t have to be a byzantine affair. Consider the following four-part framework that captures the vast majority of what [...]
The meme on the fringes of web identity commentary (I, II, III, et al) has been that Bernie Sanders doesn’t speak to Black and Latino issues. This is remarkable because, of course, the economic issues Bernie talks about are consistently ranked in public opinion surveys as the most important [...]
Robert Solow once remarked:
Every discussion among economists of the relatively slow growth of the British economy compared with the Continental economies ends up in a blaze of amateur sociology.
This is the final move of right-wing economists whenever the assumptions of their ideologically-infused policy prescriptions end up contradicted by observed reality. After a few [...]
In a new piece in Democracy Journal, Nick Hanauer and David Rolf argue that, in response to the rise of the sharing economy, we need to transition away from our employer-provided welfare benefit system to a more public system. Jeff Spross had a nearly identical (though considerably shorter) argument in The Week earlier this [...]
When I am not reading economics-related material, one of the things I like to do is probe the strangest depths of Tumblr identity debates. Although I don’t write about it much (save one time before) and have no particular interest in their outcomes, I find these debates extremely fascinating on a purely argumentative [...]