This graph purports to show an increase in regulation activity in the United States:
The Federal Register is the place where administrative agencies put notices of proposed rulemaking (NPR). The assumption underlying the graph is that more pages in the Federal Register means that there are more proposed rules and [...]
A bigger flaw with the argument comes with Bartels’s second piece of evidence. He cites scholars at Columbia University who have concluded that Social Security, the earned [...]
Consider this tweet:
In a truly liberal society, anyone could refuse to engage in private commerce with anyone for any reason http://t.co/UxqCQKYyb4
— JustinGreen4000 (@JGreenDC) March 7, 2014
Now ask yourself this question: can people in the U.S. refuse to engage in private commerce with anyone for any reason?
Jenny Jarvie has a piece in The New Republic about trigger warnings, the phenomenon in which people warn others that the content of some piece might trigger emotional trauma for certain people. The author does not like them, bemoans their spread to college classes, and thinks there is no logical stopping point once [...]
The debate about the Arizona bill that endorses anti-gay discrimination on religious freedom grounds has been mostly trash so far. Here, I want to raise a few points that I have not seen presented elsewhere.
1. Nobody is forced to do an occupation.
Friedersdorf describes a class of people called “Christian Bakers.” [...]
Megan McCardle has been going on about how failure is good of late, owing to having written a book about it. The argument is pretty generic: failures come from risk-taking and deviations from the norm that are necessary for people to come up with new ideas and such. Accordingly, she recommends [...]
In my prior post, I highlighted a passage from the 19th century British journal The Christian Socialist about the inadequacy of economic mobility and opportunity. Here is the exact same sentiment expressed in the B.o.B. song “Both of Us” featuring Taylor Swift:
Cause if life is an up hill battle
The Christian Socialist was a British publication in the late 19th and early 20th century. I pulled out this fun bit:
If the means of production were monopolised by one individual, everybody would admit that a man in such a position would have despotic power over the lives and thoughts of those who [...]
Frankfurter was a Supreme Court justice in the early 20th century. He was not fond of the kinds of decisions judges were making in the so-called Lochner era. In that era, the Supreme Court and lesser courts regularly struck down laws that contravened laissez-faire economic institutions, holding that such laws were unconstitutional. The [...]
In his 1888 State of the Union, Cleveland wrote this:
Our cities are the abiding places of wealth and luxury; our manufactories yield fortunes never dreamed of by the fathers of the Republic; our business men are madly striving in the race for riches, and immense aggregations of capital outrun the imagination in [...]