Two leaked letters between staff and administrators at the Smith College School for Social Work have led to mass student protests of perceived institutional racism. Professors alleged that admissions staff were doing a disservice–particularly to minority students–by admitting unprepared students … Continue reading Smith College Protests: Beneath Outrage, Statistical Confusion
Given the historically unpopular candidates presented to us, 2016 should be the year Americans are encouraged to expand our political horizons. Instead, people interested in a non-binary choice this election face a litany of derisions and insistences that their political … Continue reading No, Voting Third Party Isn’t a Waste
The votes are counted and Britain has officially decided to leave the EU. Experts and elites on both sides of the Atlantic are roiling over the decision and predicting a sort of Valyrian Doom unfolding. Before we lose our heads, … Continue reading Brexit Doesn’t Have to Spell Disaster
Starting on January first of next year, the City of Philadelphia plans to impose a “soda tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce. The new law—already set to be challenged in court—has proved highly controversial, even within the political left where … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Public Health
On June 6, 2016, the New York Times ran this article claiming that Clinton had clinched the nomination the day before the California and five other states head to the polls to vote in the primaries. The article, based on … Continue reading Sanders Supporters: Why Fall in Line?
The debate over minimum wage is one of the most confused arguments in American public policy. Although on its face minimum wage appears to be a promising and simple idea, it is, in fact, a very bad policy that has … Continue reading Why Minimum Wage Fails and What Will Succeed
In his opus, Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt devotes an entire chapter to minimum wage laws. He’s quick to identify a semantic problem that lies at the heart of the debate on minimum wage. “…for a wage is, in fact, a price. It is unfortunate for the clarity of economic thinking that the price of labor’s services should have received an entirely different name from other prices. This has prevented most people from realizing that the same principles govern both. Thinking has become so emotional and so politically biased on the subject of wages that in most discussions of … Continue reading Of Course Minimum Wage Reduces Employment
Decades before Luis Pasteur fostered scientific consensus on germ theory, Ignaz Semmelweis was imploring obstetricians to wash their hands after handling corpses. His work did little to inspire his fellow medical practitioners. On the contrary, he was met with indignation and disbelief at almost every turn. Though aided by his increasingly erratic behavior and political inelegance, there is no doubt that his alienation from the medical community was due in part to his then-heretical proposals. We’ve come a long way since the Roman Inquisition locked Galileo under house arrest for advancing the theory of heliocentricity. Yet still, skepticism is a … Continue reading Science and Politics: An Abusive Relationship
The free college crusade represents a perfect collision of ignorance and entitlement. The movement is popular with self-interested students seeking debt forgiveness or a free ride and contributes heavily to the appeal of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy among them. While he is the most extreme in his rhetoric and supposed intentions, the venerable senator is only one among many high-profile Democrats to opine that higher education should be at least partially subsidized by federal money (or more accurately that federal subsidies should be expanded, since they already exist). Their argument is predicated on the idea that there is a moral or economic … Continue reading “Free” College Would be a Terrible Idea
About a month ago, I was talking with some friends on the beach and the topic of environmental regulation came up. When I mentioned that I disagreed with strict environmental regulations and subsidies, it became less of a conversation and … Continue reading How Should We Protect Our Environment?