I wrote a piece in Gawker titled “Actually, Riots are Good: The Economic Case for Riots in Ferguson.” The piece is serious in many ways, but also trollish in a way that is obvious to a certain internet circle, but not others. What has surprised me is how underwhelming the criticisms of the [...]
Obama used executive action to shield a few million undocumented immigrants from deportation. As usual, the relatively sparse discussion of the merits of this action is buried beneath an avalanche of arguments about appropriate government processes. Is it the role of the executive to do this sort of thing? What does it forebode? And won’t [...]
Giulia Pines has a piece at Jacobin in which she cautions people not to celebrate too much about Germany’s free college tuition because, among other things, they put kids on educational tracks early in life. This, she suggests, has the effect of baking in class distinctions because working class kids presumably get put [...]
From historian of Scandinavia Mary Hilson’s The Nordic Model: Scandinavia since 1945:
Why have the Scandinavian social democratic parties been so successful, at least in Norway, Denmark and Sweden? The question has been pursued with particular interest in Sweden, give the status of the SAP as perhaps the most successful political party, measured by any [...]
Wikipedia defines the spoiler effect thusly:
The spoiler effect is the effect of vote splitting between candidates … with similar ideologies. One spoiler candidate’s presence in the election draws votes from a major candidate with similar politics thereby causing a strong opponent of both or several to win. The minor candidate causing this [...]
Election punditry is not good. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s bad. While poll aggregators and election modeling mercifully cleared out a lot of the junk prognosticating, still with us is the post-election autopsies telling us what it all means.
Those who provide autopsies of the purely game-focused sort are interesting [...]
I don’t write about gentrification, but I read about it often. Most of what I read about gentrification is less lucid than I’d prefer, generally because it is vague, myopic, or needlessly narrative. This has started to bug me, and so I figured I’d try my own hand at writing about the topic.
In my prior post, I discussed the interesting case of certain right-wingers calling deregulation that they don’t like regulation. Specifically, I point out that when the state backs out of enforcing noncompete agreements, this is not regulation; rather, it is deregulation. It reduces the scope of the government. It imposes no rules on [...]
Adam Ozimek wrote a piece titled “Can Regulation Create Good Jobs?” The jumping off point for the piece is the recent slate of discussion around Jimmy John’s requiring its employees to sign noncompete clauses:
The latest of these [stories] involves a sandwich chain that allegedly asked its line workers to sign noncompete agreements. [...]