Politics

These entries address politics, or how we organize ourselves in modern society
May
13
Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

If you want to preserve harmony in society, while still maintaining democratic values, what better way than periodically reminding people that their behavior has consequences?
5 min read
Apr
01
If You Don't Know The Costs Of Your Solution, You're Part Of The Problem (Newsletter 040)

If You Don't Know The Costs Of Your Solution, You're Part Of The Problem (Newsletter 040)

Greetings friends. Identifying problems is easy. You are not the first person or the only person to detect things that
8 min read
Feb
25
Bread and Circuses (Newsletter 035)

Bread and Circuses (Newsletter 035)

We often mistake advances in technology with advances in the human condition itself.
5 min read
Dec
10
I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

It seems like many politicians view themselves as entertainers first, and legislators or representatives a distant second. After all, you must be popular to be elected, the thinking goes
6 min read
Nov
26
Is Your Country A GDPaholic? (Newsletter 022)

Is Your Country A GDPaholic? (Newsletter 022)

People all over the world are telling us something about their well-being that is not being captured in measures of GDP. They are telling us this loudly and clearly if you look for the data, and policymakers are largely ignoring them.
8 min read
Nov
23
Where Does The 2% Inflation Target Come From Anyway?

Where Does The 2% Inflation Target Come From Anyway?

Would you rather have greater purchasing power, or "output that is close to the economy's maximum sustainable level of output"?
7 min read
Oct
29
You're Not Allowed To Disagree With Me! (Newsletter 018)

You're Not Allowed To Disagree With Me! (Newsletter 018)

A democratic society's commitment to freedom of speech cannot be fair-weather only, dependent on whether the speech aligns with the consensus.
6 min read
Oct
26
Hold Fast To Truth

Hold Fast To Truth

Holding fast to truth is not an easy path, but it is the least difficult of all other alternatives. This is a tribute to Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 1974 essay "Live Not By Lies"*
7 min read
Oct
19
Paradise Found - Interim Update

Paradise Found - Interim Update

My wife and I are trying really hard not to sabotage our move back to the U.S. by making any assumptions about what it's going to be like.
4 min read
Oct
15
You Get What You Incentivize (Newsletter 016)

You Get What You Incentivize (Newsletter 016)

If your appetite is unlimited, no amount will ever be sufficient to satisfy your wants. No amount of tax is "fair" when there is no limit on what you aim to spend and redistribute.
7 min read