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Archive of posts published in the tag: New York Times

The 1619 Project is Anti-History

Thus 1619 Project from the NYT is the opposite of history; it is anti-history.  Instead of studying the past to learn about the present, it projects current passions on the past.  Confirming events are generalized to be the sole motivation,  non confirming events are ignored or minimized as inconsequential.

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Imperfect Democracy Reigns Supreme

The frustration of our democracy has many reformers wishing for a benevolent dictator. The problem is that when they cease being benevolent, they remain a dictator.

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The Limits of the Meritocracy

The meritocracy sounds good but like all centralized policy is subject to overemphasize some objectives and disregard ingredients that have more influence than they realize.  Intelligence may be an important attribute but there are other character traits that may be  responsible for the outcome we attribute to intelligence. Steve Jobs was not the result of an IQ test.

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Fake News Irony

In the past the media had lost respect because they were in a bubble and the world they reported  did not match the experience of many of the readers and viewers. The election  of Donald Trump incited such a rage that they abandoned all precedence of journalistic integrity as long as the outrage of the day fit their narrative.  Their bias became obvious and crippling.

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Policy vs Culture

Rambunctious rhetoric can damage a position.  So can the abuse and weaponization of institutions that require trust to function.  Obama’s abuse of the IRS for political purposes, and the possible politicization of the FBI stand to cause far more damage than Trump’s reckless tweets, bullying tactics, and idle threats.

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Trump and the Press

Trump has been accused of racism and pandering to the Alt Right. However much his Charlottesville response may have failed to isolate its criticism of the white supremacists at the rally, he has little motivation to be loyal to this…

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Journalistic Malpractice on Russia

“Read the declassified report by the intelligence community that came out in early January,” said (Hillary) Clinton. “Seventeen agencies, all in agreement – which I know from my experience as a senator and secretary of state is hard to get…

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NYT Misleads on Foreign College Applications

from the archives of A Part of the Truth is More Misleading than All of  Lie: from Marginal Revolution  The New York Times wrote Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants the rest of the story:…

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Failure to Persuade

From The New York Times, The End of Identity Liberalism by Mark Lilla But the fixation on diversity in our schools and in the press has produced a generation of liberals and progressives narcissistically unaware of conditions outside their self-defined…

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The Cost of a High Estate Tax

From The NYT and economist Greg Mankiw,  Why Taxing Fairly Means Not Taxing Inheritances: Excerpt: But there is one thing that everyone can agree on: The estate tax you owe should not depend substantially on the exact moment you happen…

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The Root Cause of Our Success

from Deirdre McCloskey at The New York Times,  Equality, Liberty, Justice and Wealth: You may object that ideas are a dime a dozen and that to make them fruitful we must start with adequate physical and human capital and good institutions.…

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The Antidote to Piketty

from Deirdre McCloskey at The New York Times,  Equality, Liberty, Justice and Wealth: What, then, caused this Great Enrichment? Not exploitation of the poor, not investment, not existing institutions, but a mere idea, which the philosopher and economist Adam Smith…

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Violating Horizontal Equity

From The NYT and economist Greg Mankiw,  Why Taxing Fairly Means Not Taxing Inheritances: Excerpt: From my perspective, the estate tax is a bad way to tax the rich because it violates a principle that economists call horizontal equity. The…

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Intellectual Bigotry

The left is hampered as much by moral superiority as by intellectual arrogance.  The right tend to think the left is ignorant. If they would only read, ” (fill in the blank).”  The right will likely acknowledge that the left…

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Racism Without Racists

from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Time, When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 6 Why do we discriminate? The big factor isn’t overt racism. Rather, it seems to be unconscious bias among whites who believe in equality but…

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A Poor Guide to The Future

A NYT article, The Debate About America’s Best Days  about Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth sounds like another academic pontificating how our best days are behind us.  Reminds me of economists from the 1970s and early…

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The Threshold becomes a Wall to Growth

Health Care Law Forces Businesses to Consider Growth’s Costs by Stacy Crowley at The New York Times When LaRonda Hunter opened a Fantastic Samshair salon 10 years ago in Saginaw, Tex., a suburb of Fort Worth, she envisioned it as the…

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Guilded Colleges

from The New York Times, Stop Universities From Hoarding Money by Victor Fleischer excerpt SAN DIEGO — WHO do you think received more cash from Yale’s endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the…

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A Change in Consumer Patterns

from the New York Times, Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers by Hiroko Tabuchi excerpts: Data released by the Commerce Department shows that American consumers are putting what little extra money they do have to spend each…

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Speaking Truth to Morons

In today’s (8/5/15) New York Times opinion section popular columnist and noted author Thomas Friedman wrote My Question for the Republican Presidential Debate a few excerpts: But can they (the GOP candidates) run, win and govern from the center-right when…

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