road to nowhere

David Goodhart’s Road to Somewhere

– July 13, 2020

“Goodhart frequently emphasizes that the trends in opinion that he reports are not figments of his imagination, but real opinions held by real people. That much seems accurate, and as a description of British political beliefs, his book makes useful contributions. He has failed to show why the fact that some people are convinced by hollow and harmful ideas make them valid, coherent, defensible, legitimate, or respectable. Some things just don’t hold up, no matter your tribe.” ~ Joakim Book

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Free Down Payments and Subsidized Mortgages are Not Social Justice

– June 11, 2020

“Despite 50 years of debacles, politicians are still glorified for pretending that free downpayments and subsidized mortgages are “magic beans” that multiply social justice in America.” ~ James Bovard

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Pandemic, Planning, and Racial Politics

Tragedies of Our Time: Pandemic, Planning, and Racial Politics

– June 8, 2020

“The magnitude and depth of what has actually been experienced in declines in production and rises in unemployment have one and only one primary and singular source: the federal and especially state government-ordered shutdowns across the country.” ~ Richard Ebeling

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Robber Barons

No, the Poor Don’t Pay Higher Taxes Than the Rich

– October 8, 2019

A new report in the New York Times claims the ultra-wealthy pay a lower tax rate than the poor. A closer look at tax statistics reveals that story is also likely wrong.

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wealth

Economics Has Neglected Inequality? Absurdly Untrue

– September 4, 2019

In fact, inequality studies have been a mainstay of the discipline since at least 1948.

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inequality-coins

New Evidence that Soaring Inequality is a Myth

– June 14, 2019

Alarmists insist inequality is skyrocketing in the United States. A new measure of the top one percent’s wealth should temper that claim

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Don’t Trust Inequality Data: A Lesson from the UK

– May 28, 2019

The progressive zeal for higher taxes is distorting how they construct inequality statistics.

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digitalworld

Wealth Has Never Been More Equal

– April 1, 2019

In terms of information access and the opportunity to learn and share knowledge, we’ve never been more rich and equal.

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Soaking the Rich Doesn’t Lead to Income Equality

– January 23, 2019

Economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman claim we need a 70% tax rate to stem inequality. Their argument derives from a misreading of U.S. tax history.

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