Category: Politics & Policy
We versus They
I’m one of those people who can barely understand lyrics to popular music. To mix metaphors, it’s as though I’m listening in a fog. Or, I can’t see through the noise. But recently some lyrics caught my attention. “Ants GoRead More
Adjuncts Go Marching
In theory, higher education is in crisis. In practice, don’t be alarmed. Higher education may indeed be in crisis, and for a variety of reasons, but one reason that gets a lot of attention is the hiring of faculty. Specifically,Read More
The Rivals That Never Play
Professional and college football teams do not compete on the field, but they do compete at the state capitol. Just ask the taxpayers of Minnesota, who recently agreed to pay for two brand new football stadiums. The stadiums sit justRead More
Within Reach: The Myth of Unaffordable Housing
Be careful, fair readers—the Internet is full of some pretty bizarre stuff. Some of that stuff comes from an outfit called the National Low Income Housing Coalition. It’s okay to view on your work computer, but it’s bizarre, nonetheless. TheRead More
For Fun: The Rural Minimum
The logic behind minimum-wage laws can be baffling. Specifically, it ignores key differences between rural and urban areas. As I’ve written elsewhere, those differences include costs of living, but they also include, you know, how much work the workers do.Read More
Left Right Between: The Myths of Self-Sufficiency and Collectivism
The last article presented a case against socialism in favor of cooperation. This article outlines how that cooperation can look. Specifically, it argues against self-sufficiency, and for communities somewhere between socialism and self-sufficiency, or between the political Left and Right.Read More
Humans Evolved to Share—When They Know Each Other.
The political Left routinely reminds us that humans are social animals, and that we evolved to share resources in egalitarian groups. Fair enough. However, the Left sometimes uses that evolutionary past to justify socialism. That’s quite the evolutionary leap. TheRead More
For Fun: A Small-Town-Diner View of Medicare for All
“I’ll have the country-fried steak breakfast scramble.” (Waiter scribbles.) “With a side of pancakes.” (Waiter scribbles again.) “And an extra egg.” (Waiter scribbles, then reaches into apron to grab another pen—the first one has gone dry.) “And a side ofRead More
The Founders Emphasized States’ Rights, but the States Were the Size of Cities Today.
Our founding fathers intentionally limited the power of the federal government, fearing it was too big. Instead, they chose to defer most authority to the states. At that time, the entire country had fewer people than modern-day Cook County, Illinois.Read More
For Fun: FDA Attacks Almond “Milk”; Is Peanut “Butter” Next?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to protect you from mistaking almond milk for cow milk. One immediately sees the urgency: almond milk can come from a cow, at least if a local 4H-er names her cow Almond.Read More
Why Rural Americans Do Not Support a Federal Housing Subsidy
The more progressive wing of the Democratic Party has embraced housing as a human right. This sounds like a good idea—after all, it is the premise for Habitat for Humanity. Unlike Habitat for Humanity, though, how progressives execute their housingRead More
From Coasts to Countryside, There Can Be No Single Living Wage
“The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. We must increase it to fifteen dollars an hour over the next several years.” So says Bernie Sanders on his website, summarizing a common view withinRead More
Tax-Deductible Gym Memberships? Maybe If You Live in a City.
Republicans want to make gym memberships tax-deductible. That idea won’t work out for rural Americans. Peter Suderman, in the libertarian magazine Reason, has highlighted how the GOP wants to incentivize exercise via the tax code. He outlines how the GOPRead More