I am not really sure what Scott Sumner is all about these days. Many years ago, he was like “monetary policy should utilize an NGDP target” and people were like “that’s an interesting thought.” But now, he’s kind of gone into mission creep mode where he comments on things that he’s not so [...]
To rehash the basic idea: structural poverty refers to poverty that is derivative of the way that we have structured our [...]
Bryce Covert has a piece about a poor person finally being allowed to testify at Paul Ryan’s very serious and earnest inquiries into the War on Poverty. Apparently, Republican Todd Rokita (who?) thought he’d be a real dick to the person, and the result was pure genius:
He gave a “theoretical example” in [...]
Peter Frase wrote this piece about class and the Left. I put out a short response to it when it came out. There are lots of parts to it, and I hesitate to summarize it for that reason. But, basically, he objects to those who say class is different than race [...]
Peter Frase wrote a post on class identity, among other things. The piece critiques the familiar claim that class is different from other identity categories like race and gender because the proper leftist aim is to create a classless society, not a merely class-inclusive society.
Frase claims that “class” as used in the [...]
Amber A’Lee Frost has a post at Jacobin titled “Bro Bash.” The post has many points, but the leading one is well-summarized by that thing that goes under the title, which says “There’s nothing feminist about leaving numbers to the bros.” Frost criticizes both the tendency to categorically dismiss quantitative approaches to analyzing [...]
Here is an interesting project for enterprising data journalists who, as we know, are only about following the hard facts. Identify the countries with the lowest child poverty rates and see what’s going on with them.
There is precedent for this kind of data journalism. Recall that time David Leonhardt endeavored to figure [...]
Returning to the Megan McArdle saga, I want to make a point about intergenerational class entrenchment that does not really come out of the other posts so far. So here goes.
One of the interesting things about conservatives is that they seem to often sympathize with poor children in this country, but clearly [...]
Twitter got real fired up today about a post I made last week. In it, I attacked a Megan McArdle piece in which she argues that providing poor people more resources would not solve the pain they experience from relationships and status and (some of them) being out of work and so on. [...]
McArdle has this piece about how increasing the incomes and economic security of people won’t solve everything. You can read the whole thing if you want, but basically the idea here is that there are other harms in the world than not having an adequate level of income and economic security, including harms [...]