Five Friday Reads 11/9/18

Midterms came and went. Some are still ongoing. Arizona has not finished counting, and looks like it may flip to Sinema (D). Florida is Florida. Finding bags of votes is one thing but Broward would have to find tens of thousands of more votes. Plus, military votes are to be counted. Recounts after whatever is…

The Microcharity Future

All institutions are under fire in America. The survey results for faith in institutions shows eroding trust in all except for the military, but they are just one punch away from joining the rest. One that gets less attention but is suffering immensely are American charities. This points to an opportunity now and to build…

American Shitshow: Charlemagne and Chapo

Modern governments have an odd disconnect between the use of force and the collection of funds.  Pre Industrial Revolution, the relationship was fairly obvious – money comes from land, and land goes to its conqueror and his henchmen.  The ruling class was obviously extractive, and their status as rulers was obviously inextricably linked with their…

Populist Economist – The UBI Con

There is a policy idea stalking the land of economists and policy wonks on the left. It is the universal basic income (UBI), which is a stipend given to all adult Americans each month. It sounds populist but is not. It is merely a handout that will exacerbate the current system of handouts that we…

Five Friday Reads – 11/2/18

Trump is still the straw that stirs the drink. We had the Filipino, lifting, stripper bomber nabbed, and then a shooting by a GAB user at a synagogue… but within 48 hours Trump had everyone talking about birthright citizenship. No matter what happens, the fact that the nation has to openly discuss anchor babies (not…

Private Scruples, Public Squalor

For all its pomp and pageantry, for all its history and nobility, maybe the greatest feature of hereditary monarchy was completely unromantic. All the backstabbing, fratricide, and adultery which were and are part and parcel of all political strife were once quarantined to a small group of elites. Monarchy restrained the inherent squalor of politics…