Quick thoughts on what inflation is and what it means.
A lot of people like to talk about the size of government. This is the actual data.
As mass shootings surface in the news again, it’s worth understanding the very clear relationship between the murder rate and gun owner rate.
Two major polling sources show the same relationship between the share of gun owners in the US and the odds of getting murdered.
Distance makes the heart grow colder.
Republicans want to talk about a crisis at the border. OK, let’s look at how well Trump’s administration deterred immigrants from trying to illegal enter the US…
Illegal immigration is nearly half the problem today as it was in 2000. However, in the last three years of the Trump administration, illegal border crossings more than doubled.
Last week in a post I looked at the geographic distribution of #venturecapital over the longest period I could find–Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2020, using NVCA data. Today, using the same 15-year period, […]
Has California lost Silicon Valley to Texas or Florida? Ha. Here’s what 15 years of data show…
Here’s why Joe Manchin (West Virginia) and GOP Senators are reluctant to help defray crippling, widespread economic costs of American higher ed. It’s real simple: There’s nothing in it for ‘em. See, Manchin and GOP […]
“A religion is not simply a collection of fragmentary beliefs about very specific objects...
“To a greater or lesser extent, all known religions have been systems of ideas that embrace the universality of things and give us a total representation of the world.”
—Émile Durkheim in The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, 1912
Hillary Clinton lost the suicide vote
Are workers’s lives better protected in “pro-life” states?
The answer, culled from facts not feelings, is unambiguous:
Source (and suggested reading): Francis Lee and Bruce Oppenheimer’s illuminating but now dated study, Sizing Up the Senate.
—and why whoever wins should temper expectations of dominating the Senate like it’s 1933 or 1965.
229 years of Senate history should temper expectations that the 2020 election will dramatically change control of the upper chamber.
The average state which elected Donald Trump had 93 people per square mile. Average state won by Hillary Clinton had 283 people per square mile. Density—the distance between us—matters. And so does information, which corresponds […]
For context , read this.
The Father of the Constitution—James Madison—feared that Senators representing a majority of states BUT a minority of Americans could end up picking our judges.
Fast forward 233 years…
As the US debates making compulsory wearing a mask to prevent the spread of a deadly pandemic, it’s instructive to think what the Father of our country—George Washington thought about individual freedom vs the general good.
What if the Founding Fathers didn’t actually like the Constitution they ended up with?
Between 1900 and 2014, the US spent 8X more of its national income on public health. During the same time, its citizens could expect to live 31 years longer.
Researchers at the National Institute of Health examined six years of workplace safety data from the 1990s. Here’s what they found:
Here’s a short story:
Here’s my short story for Saturday:
During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Ben Franklin was concerned that giving states equal power regardless of their populations would allow a minority to rule a majority. Fast forward to 2020: The GOP Senate majority […]
The US Senate *majority* represents a *minority* of the population and a minority of the economy. The very structure of our government is flawed—and it’s exactly what the protagonists of the US Constitution feared. Consider […]
Short version (to be elaborated on in future post): UBI (and M4A and affordable housing) raises reservation wage –> shifts labor supply curve —> new (higher) equilibrium wage.
“Every particle in nature has an amplitude to move backwards in time…”
Capitalism defeated Communism? More like de facto socialism defeated Russian imperialism. Here’s why.
Billionaires aren’t winners of an actual free market. Their companies (eg Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Berkshire Hathaway, et al) are price-setting, not price-taking, monopolies, monopsonies and oligopolies. Investors don’t want to invest in companies with competition. […]
The relationship between gun ownership rate and the homicide rate is clear. They’re closely connected. So just how closely correlated are they? Well, in fact, the rate of gun ownership explains 76% of the variation […]
Read the chart. It should speak for itself. I bring data to the convo. No point arguing about subject without seeing the numbers. Here they are. The correlation is significant. R-squared value shown. […]