Category: Economics

Economics, Culture

The Digital Tribe

No man is an island, even conceptually. We see ourselves enmeshed in multple layers reality: Family City Nation Sport teams Religious groups The physical world Etc There are certainly more elements to this and many of our social selves instantiate precisely to fit into these groups. So we behave differently at work than at home, …

Economics, Dialectic, Culture

Debiasing Desire an Interesting Paper

I found this paper, or rather, saw it linked on Twitter. It purports to criticize the behaviors of online dating platforms for their sexual racism, suggest that sexual selection is the result of more than individual choice, but rather of cultural factors as well, “In this view, individuals’ intimate affiliations are not the product of …

Economics, Book-Review, Culture

Book Review: Poor Richard’s Retirement

Aaron Clarey, Poor Richard’s Retirement: Retirement for Everyday Americans Aaron Clarey is a consultant and independent economist who writes books that are meant to help young men and women make wiser financial choices. His approach is no nonsense, gruff, and often cynical. But despite seeming like a complete jerk, his advice which is free on …

Economics, Culture, Health

Eating Meat is good for the environment?

I mean, of course it is. Farming animals requires ecosystem maintenance, whereas vegetation farming on mega farms is simply a process of ecosystem alteration through a process of chemical fertilizing, mass pesticide promulgation, and government subsidizing of non-ideal plants in regions hostile to their growth. Dr. Eades, over at protein power has a great post …

Economics, Film, Culture, Education, Parenting, Pedagogy

Youth Science Projects and American Aspirations

I came across an archived usenet post linked on social media: How come the heros of our movies are no longer Micky Rooney or Spencer Tracy playing Thomas Edison, or Paul Muni playing Erlich or Pasteur, instead Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison and Woody Harrelson playing Larry Flint? And movies whose heros are lawyers.   …

Contemporary Trends, Economics, Culture

When the wage gap closes in on you

I find people wielding the wage gap as proof of oppression in the United States tiresome and stupid. But this article which acknowledges that it is close is ridiculous on a new level. In it the author observes: Women want an equal partner, but there are increasingly fewer candidates to choose from. The census reports …

Economics

Why did I abandon free-trade orthodoxy?

The federal income tax decreases liberty and gives government officials incentive to increase the scope and power of the federal government. Because we are a federal system in the United States, we need some form of funding for government operations. In my mind, funding that with tariffs is wiser and more constitutional. Essentially, I’m a protectionist because …