The rise of Donald Trump has many conservatives writing pieces about the future of the Republican party (Ben Domenech, Matt K. Lewis, Michael Brendan Dougherty). In most cases, these kinds of pieces proceed by saying the Republican party is a certain way now (the party of classical liberalism and [...]
Conservative website Breitbart accused racial justice activist Shaun King of misleading people into thinking he is black when he is actually white. This accusation pushed King to write a gut-wrenching piece unfolding his personal story and details of his childhood in order to explain that Breitbart was wrong and that he [...]
The last few months has been an banner one for the incoherent but totally hegemonic concept of “taxpayer money.” I’ve been meaning to talk about this funny concept for some time now and so I figure I should take advantage of these events to do that here.
In Louisiana, Bobby Jindal [...]
In my last post, I broke down five social indicators — poverty, health coverage, employment, incarceration, and life expectancy — by race and class (using educational attainment to stand in for class). The point was to show that, while the disparities across classes are the biggest, there remains significant racial disparities within classes. [...]
There was a time a great while ago where leftists struggled over the question of whether race or class is the motive force of oppression and suffering in society. These days, with the intervention of intersectionality and considerable progress in sociology, this question has largely been answered by discarding its faulty premise. It needn’t be [...]
The “Success Sequence” is explained most recently as follows:
Graduate from high school; Maintain a full-time job or have a partner who does; and Have children while married and after age 21, should they choose to become parents.
Together, this is supposed to keep your risk of poverty very low. Last week [...]
The Job Guarantee (JG) is a policy whereby the government guarantees public jobs to all people at a decent wage. It is meant to function like an employer of last resort. I have raised concerns with this idea elsewhere, but have never written a post about it. So let me lay out those concerns here.
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 [...]