The ‘Diversity’ Trap

A shallow, reductive version of diversity that first gained a foothold in progressive political spaces has rapidly spread across American institutions and the corporate world. It values skin color and other inherited characteristics above all else, largely ignores class issues, and overlooks the benefits of real diversity, like the anti-fragile resilience created by fostering people … Read more The ‘Diversity’ Trap

(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

The class war in our country isn’t a matter of the poor vs. the rich; it’s a matter of business class vs. first class, E-Class vs. S-Class. Where the Left goes, squalor follows. The scene in militia-occupied Seattle is entirely familiar, the same kind of theatrical filth that has been a part of American counterculture … Read more The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

Police brutality has been seared into the consciousness of many Americans — especially blacks — since the 1960s, when TV showed civil-rights protestors being clubbed and hosed by Jim Crow police departments. After every nationally publicized incident — the latest being the horrific death of George Floyd — there are calls for change. Experts demand … Read more It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

In this miserable Covid-19 spring, it’s tempting for remote workers to vent our frustrations with being hemmed in, forced to stare at screens while unable to do much else other than walk around the block or go to Costco. Yet the pain felt by the teleworking middle class is dwarfed by that of working-class Americans. … Read more The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

We used to joke on Wall Street that you should marry a trader at another firm, trade with only each other, and by end of the year one would have made a lot of money and the other lost the exact same amount. The winner would be paid a big bonus, and the loser only … Read more What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

I’m kind of curious as to why Americans have placed such faith in the prophecies offered by epidemiologists given that epidemiology is primarily a retrospective activity and there is no historical data on how virus transmission is affected by a Western-style “porous lockdown”. It is as though people in the 1980s had decided that the … Read more The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Don’t make ‘flatten the curve’ be a lie

If you want people to keep being okay with lockdowns, don’t make them feel lied to. Those of us outside of the New York area have done exactly what we were told we had to do. We “flattened the curve,” and now we’re being told that this flattened curve is a sign of our failure … Read more Don’t make ‘flatten the curve’ be a lie

‘A Colossal Public Policy Calamity’

How did it come to pass that something as patently wrongheaded and predictably calamitous as the nationwide one-size-fits-all 2020 “lockdown” of America could occur? Who decided that 320 million Americans would as a practical matter be put under house arrest; that millions of jobs and businesses would deliberately be destroyed; that the religious, educational, cultural, … Read more ‘A Colossal Public Policy Calamity’

60 Questions Americans Need To Consider About How To Handle Coronavirus

Shutdowns and bailouts are unsustainable for 18 months to two years. We need a new and better set of strategies, and we can’t put it off any further. In mid-April, 69 percent of 2,394 registered U.S. voters polled said it is “necessary” to develop a coronavirus vaccine “before we reopen the economy.” Politicians are beginning … Read more 60 Questions Americans Need To Consider About How To Handle Coronavirus

Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

The increasing possibility of a breakdown in the meat supply chain in the United States due to COVID-19 is prompting Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) to renew his push for a bill that would make it easier for small, independent slaughterhouses and meat processors to sell directly to consumers. Large meatpacking plants across the country have … Read more Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

Few people in history have seen more jobs up close than Mike Rowe, the longtime host of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Dirty Jobs. Now the blue-collar icon has a message for those who say “non-essential” employees have no business working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent TV appearance with Dana Perino on … Read more Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

The War on Homeschooling

The conception of the public schools as a coercive and homogenizing moral force is fundamental to the mandatory-education project — our very first public-education law (known by the wonderfully evocative title “Old Deluder Satan Act”) was explicitly anti-Catholic in its intent, as were many of the public-education laws (Blaine amendments, etc.). Like our Puritan forebears, … Read more The War on Homeschooling

New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

Last week, I pointed out a recent report that blamed much of the spread of COVID-19 in New York City on the subway system. Recently, I’ve collected a series of memos suggesting that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is specifically culpable in this spread. During the 2012 influenza epidemic, the MTA issued a policy … Read more New York MTA Forbade Employees from Protecting Themselves by Wearing Masks

What Comes Next for Commercial Real Estate

A lot of professional organizations are coming to realize what we figured out many years ago: Working from home has a lot of challenges, but also a tremendous amount of benefits. One benefit we have long enjoyed is, by not requiring someone to move, we are able to recruit the best people to be part … Read more What Comes Next for Commercial Real Estate

Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Despite being informative, President Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefings are sometimes derailed by campaign-trail-esque antics. This was the case Monday evening, when Trump told reporters that he has “total authority” to override governors and re-open the economy at a time of his choosing. “I have the ultimate authority,” Trump told the press. “When somebody is … Read more Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Inspector General: TurboTax, Other Companies Tricked 14 Million Taxpayers Eligible For Free-File Program Into Paying To E-File Their Returns

WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT This audit was initiated in response to concerns raised by Congress and other stakeholders. Their concerns relate to whether the Free File Program is operating as intended, and eligible taxpayers attempting to prepare and e-file their returns at no cost are diverted to tax return preparation services that are not … Read more Inspector General: TurboTax, Other Companies Tricked 14 Million Taxpayers Eligible For Free-File Program Into Paying To E-File Their Returns

Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes

The growing patchwork of state internet sales taxes that has emerged since the landmark 2018 Supreme Court decision regarding out-of-state online sellers has hamstrung small businesses with costly compliance burdens. Halstead Bead Inc. an online jewelry supply store in Prescott, Arizona, has found complying with the online sales tax vexing. “It’s been quite challenging,” said … Read more Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes

“Jaywalking” Shouldn’t Even Be a Thing

  Adam Ruins Everything – Why Jaywalking Is a Crime   We’ve heard this story before in a different context that has similar implications: routine traffic stops. This is a similar case in which enforcement of the rules of the road is used not in a way that has any clear relationship to actual public … Read more “Jaywalking” Shouldn’t Even Be a Thing

Stubborn Stupidity Vs Hidden Motives – OPM = Other People’s Money

We also seem to see overspending in medicine, law, school, investment analysis, campaign spending, and much else. A consistent pattern I think I see is overspending in areas where spending lets one associate with prestigious folks. So I suggest that much of this overspending is better explained via motives to gain prestige via association. Re … Read more Stubborn Stupidity Vs Hidden Motives – OPM = Other People’s Money

Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?

I love Emma Thompson’s acting. I wish somebody would tell her about Skype. The great English actress is a climate-change activist, “activist” here meaning “a celebrity who cares about popular causes in public.” When she recently was accused of hypocrisy for jumping on a jet to attend a climate-change rally — international air travel is … Read more Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?

The State: Three Felonies a Day

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand   When Everything is a Crime: … Read more The State: Three Felonies a Day

Corrupt Politicians?!?! Who Knew!

  Pennsylvania State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell Accused Of Stealing $500,000 From Charity   Pennsylvania state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell will resign her seat and plead guilty to criminal charges of embezzling about $500,000 to pay for personal and campaign expenses from a charity she founded to help poor and disabled Philadelphia residents, law enforcement officials said … Read more Corrupt Politicians?!?! Who Knew!