Category Archives: National

We Are *Not* Nation-Building in Afghanistan

Ghoulish neocon Max Boot has an op-ed today in (where else) the NYT titled “Back to Nation-Building in Afghanistan. Good.”: After a torturous and protracted White House review, President Trump unveiled what was billed as a new Afghanistan policy on … Continue reading

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Assange’s Hand

This story about what information Assange may have, and is holding close to the vest, is most interesting. We should find out what it is soon enough.

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Whites in the North vs. Whites in the South

The excellent George Hawley, assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, asks “Is There Really a Racial Divide Between North and South?”: Whether it is primarily due to migration, mass media, federal policy, or the homogenizing effects … Continue reading

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Rumblings Over Single-Payer

When it comes to healthcare, widely cited as 1/6 of our economy, extraordinary inflationary pressures have become both a public and political crisis. As Milton Friedman correctly noted, the root cause of the exploding costs of healthcare can be traced … Continue reading

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More on Guaranteed Basic Income

Here’s another article ruminating on the idea of a guaranteed basic income: The idea of a universal basic income — monthly cash payments from the government to every individual, working or not, with no strings attached — is gaining traction, … Continue reading

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Gladwell on Brown v Board of Education

Here’s an interview with Malcolm Gladwell, where he throws shade upon the very faulty social science (e.g., Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy) that informed the ridiculously consequential Brown vs. Board of Education … Continue reading

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Generation Z

We keep hearing about Millennials, but what about the generation after them? With “Generation Z” being loosely defined as the generation that currently has its oldest members in their early 20s, the NY Post reports: “Gen Z actually like and … Continue reading

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Debt Crises: Virgin Islands Edition

The NYT reports that “After Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, Worries Shift to Virgin Islands”. It seems the island also has an unfunded pension crisis, much like Puerto Rico. …[T]he debt dilemma is now most acute in the Virgin Islands — … Continue reading

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The Same Ancestors

From The Federalist Paper #2 by John Jay: I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same … Continue reading

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NYT Launches War vs. Mortgage-Interest Deduction

The featured piece in today’s NYT is “How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality”, which launches what will probably be their War Against the Mortgage-Interest Deduction (MID). The piece begins with the usual: The son of a minister, Ohene … Continue reading

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