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"Objective Journalism" Has Always Been a Myth

Media and CultureU.S. History

Blog03/28/2019

Objective reporting in journalism has always been based on a myth. Happily, the facade of objectivity is now breaking down.

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What Did the Founders Mean by "Invasion"?

U.S. History

Blog03/23/2019

The US Constitution doesn't mention immigration regulation as a federal power. So some have tried to redefine immigration as "invasion." It's an unconvincing claim.

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Cash for Clunkers: Yet Another Way Government Increased the Cost of Living

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

Blog03/18/2019

No economy is made better off by destroying existing resources. But that's what "cash for clunkers" tried to do, while only driving up the price of transportation for middle and lower-middle class families.

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A College "Education" Has Little to do with Education

EducationU.S. HistoryWorld History

Blog03/14/2019

Wealthy Hollywood types, being relentless and cynical social climbers, figured out years ago that college is mostly about social status and certification.

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The Problem with "Reparations"

Labor and WagesPovertyU.S. History

Blog03/12/2019

Reparations to heirs of slaves make sense so long as the actually guilty parties are the ones paying. Short of that, the policy being discussed has nothing to do with reparations. It's just a wealth redistribution scheme. 

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How the Feds Promoted Segregated Housing

Bureaucracy and RegulationU.S. History

Blog03/08/2019

For decades, federal housing policy explicitly favored whites over blacks, likely worsening many of today's enduring wealth disparities.

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Blue-State Migrants Probably Aren't Turning Your State Blue

U.S. History

Blog02/15/2019

Many states assumed to be "turning blue" actually get more migrants from red states than from blue states. It's also a bad idea to assume that everyone who moves from Illinois agrees with the median voter from Chicago.

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Why There Should be More Elections, More Often

U.S. History

Blog02/04/2019

Politicians say they need longer terms in office so they can "do more" while in office. That by itself is an argument for shorter terms and more frequent elections.

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Thomas Paine on Paper Money and Morality

Taxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog01/29/2019

The Hamiltonians foisted a central bank on the people of the United States at the first opportunity. But Thomas Paine wasn't fooled.

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Decentralization Is the Solution to the Government Shutdown

Taxes and SpendingU.S. History

Blog01/18/2019

Not everything needs to turn into a nationwide systemic problem when the federal government is a political mess. We ought to decentralize now to limit the damage the feds can do.

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