Government Inefficiency May Be A Feature

This tweet got me thinking… Operating a for-profit business makes it more likely that your business will make decisions to profit-maximize. As a result: You may not be operating equitably—you will offer priority service or allegiance to those who will maximize your profit You may …

Fascism Loves Your Opinion

The headline on this article is compelling. But how can we reason with people who see the same data, and come to these conclusions?
Yes, fascism thrives on destroying objective truth. But it’s folks like Andrew Torba who are actively trying to kill the notion of expertise. They want truth to be a personal choice. They want you to grant “authority” based on your feelings, rather than by recognizing expertise.

The Most Superlative Lies

Donald Trump frequently describes things as “like never seen before” and “the best” and “the worst”. He pairs it with fabrications—that he’s responsible for the best something in our nation’s history (when he’s neither responsible, nor is it the best). Recently, Senator Ron Johnson, who …

Sugar We’re Going Down

Wondering, this morning, what you’d want to do to take care of yourself if we had a prolonged deflationary period. My best guesses: If you were having a tough time, financially, before…and if you don’t have the ability to produce food (farming land)…then you’d want …

Serenity Now!

Several philosophical breadcrumb journeys have brought me back to the Reinhold Niebuhr. And I’m finding that I either agree with, or wish I could agree with him, on a few topics. MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” mentions Niebuhr’s influence on MLK, and transitively, on the …

Mama Weer All Crazee Now

Watching the beginning of “Charlie Says” (about the girls in Charlie Manson’s “family”) reminded me of a documentary I saw in high school. It was all about an anguished family’s efforts to deprogram their adult sibling/child from Reverend Moon’s cult. I remember discussing what it …

not with a bang but a whimper

There’s sure a lot to say about the novel coronavirus and about our healthcare system and the response and epidemiology and education and sports and politics and cultural views on food and medicine. I’d planned to write about most of those, and maybe I still …

Armchair Macroeconomics

Economics is so multivariate, so complex, that propagandists can probably find data to support whatever conclusion they want to state. I mean, they may not be able to do so in a way that will convince economists. But they will be able to convince the …