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Archive of posts published in the tag: Washington Post

Calvinball Justice

Defending their daughters, mothers and sisters does not mean abandoning their sons, fathers and brothers.  Belief does not trump evidence and justice.  Accusations as a final arbiter are just sexual McCarthyism.

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Why Social Media is a Sucker for Bad Reporting

The point is that the subject is much more complicated than most are willing to accept. Even the most respected journalists are seduced more by the political angle than accuracy and open mindedness.  This travesty is multiplied thousands of times on the social media by the lazy who read for confirmation rather than information.

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Competition Trumps Meritocracy

From The Washington Post Ana Swanson writes Why The Industrial Revolutions didn’t happen in China The article is mostly an interview with Joel Mokyr about his new book , A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy.  It…

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Jaded at Tax Reform

From Robert Samuelson at The Washington Post, The coming middle-class tax increase There is a broader message here. Both parties have constructed rationales for avoiding middle-class tax increases, which would be highly unpopular. It’s not that these rationales are illegitimate: The…

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When a Hypothesis Becomes Dogma

from The Washington Post, For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? But even as a Senate committee was developing the Dietary Goals, some experts were lamenting that the case against saturated fats, though thinly…

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A Program for Every Problem

from George Will in The Washington Post, The danger of a government with unlimited power Lack of “a limiting principle” is the essence of progressivism, according to William Voegeli, contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books, in his new…

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Rhetorical Exibitionism

from George Will at The Washington Post, Francis’ Fact-Free Flamboyance: Francis deplores “compulsive consumerism,” a sin to which the 1.3 billion persons without even electricity can only aspire. He leaves the Vatican to jet around praising subsistence farming, a romance best enjoyed…

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A Tyranny of Factions

From Robert Samuelson at The Washington Post, A Scarcity of Economic Growth excerpt: The causes of the productivity collapse are unclear. Some economists say that productivity isn’t measured properly — Internet benefits are allegedly undercounted. Other economists contend that U.S.…

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Elitism and Democracy

from Why democracy can’t be democratic all the way down – and why it matters by Ilya Somin in The Washington Post: One of the standard rationales for the idea that we have a duty to obey democratically enacted laws…

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The Myth of Northern Innocence

Guess what, racism is not limited to the South.  This incredible discovery is noted by Thomas J. Sugrue in The Washington Post in It’s not Dixie’s fault: excerpts: These crude regional stereotypes ignore the deep roots such social ills have…

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Uninhibited Power

from The Washington Post, On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution by George Will excerpt: Since the New Deal, courts have permitted almost any legislative infringement of economic liberty that can be said to have a rational basis. Applying…

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Democracy’s Delusions

George Will in The Washington Post, So what if Greece leaves the European Union? Now come Greeks bearing the gift of confirmation that Margaret Thatcher was right about socialist governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.” Greece, from…

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Turning Luxuries into Common Goods

from The Washington Post George Will writes How income inequality benefits everybody excerpts: The ranks of billionaires are constantly churned. Most of the people on the original Forbes 400 list of richest Americans in 1982 were off the list in 2013. Mark…

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Uberal Opportunities

From the Washington Post The future of new business is disrupting old business by Barry Ritholtz excerpts: There are many lessons to be learned from Uber, the taxi- ­ and car-hailing start-up that came out of nowhere and is valued at…

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Financial Bloat

A black hole for our best and brightest by Frank Tankersley at The Washington Post Excerpts: It’s not that finance is inherently bad — on the contrary, a well-functioning financial system is critical to a market economy. The problem is,…

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Welcome to Civilization

From Rick Perry Speaks in London in The Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin Excerpt: The hatreds of unassimilated radicals only draw further attention to anti-Semitism in general.  It’s a familiar problem in a new time. In Europe it ranges as in…

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More ‘Slack’ than We Realize

From Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post, Interest rates and the Fed’s great ‘slack’ debate: Is it time to consider raising rates to preempt higher inflation? The answer depends heavily on the economy’s slack: its capacity to increase production without…

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Minimum Wage Ideology

In The Washington Post Online, George Will writes Raise minimum wage? It’s iffy. Excerpts: If you think it is irrelevant that most minimum-wage earners are not poor. Most minimum-wage workers are not heads of households. More than half are students or other…

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The Risk of Stability

From the Washington Post, Robert Samuelson writes The Greenspan Paradox. Excerpts: But there was an unrecognized downside: With a less-risky economy, people — homeowners, bankers, investment managers — concluded they could do things once considered more risky. Consumers could borrow…

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The Rollout Reader

Comments on the disastrous health care roll out. Delaying from Behind by James Taranto at the WSJ Our younger readers–those who were born yesterday–may not remember when delaying ObamaCare was considered a wild idea, its exponents limited to crazy right-wing terrorists. Times have…

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