Become a Patron! Last week I wrote about the way people use and abuse terms like "horizontal equity," "intersectionality," and "cultural Marxism," stripped of their original context and brandished as weapons for whatever the speaker's agenda happens to be: If you're embarrassed to say you think it's good that college graduates are forced to defer home purchases, … [Read more...] about “Social cohesion” and the bigot’s veto
Become a Patron! Every once in a while a term of art is plucked from the world of academic literature and spread around like manure by journalists and pundits until people who have no idea what it originally meant start using it in casual conversation. What percentage of conservatives griping about "intersectionality" have ever read Kimberle Crenshaw's original … [Read more...] about “Horizontal equity” is a perfectly reasonable idea used exclusively to make bad arguments
Become a Patron! Elizabeth Warren made a splash this week with her plan to both ensure public higher education is tuition-free and forgive up to $50,000 per student of the existing stock of federal student debt. I already offered my hottest takes on Twitter, but I think a lot of the disagreements surrounding public tuition and student debt revolve around fundamentally … [Read more...] about Three bad and one good way to think about public higher education and tuition
Become a Patron! I've lately been researching some employer-side tax benefits and binge-listening to an organized-crime-themed comedy podcast, which I'm not going to name because it's so vulgar that I strongly discourage anyone with a weak stomach or guilty conscience from listening to it (e-mail me if you're interested), and the two eventually crystalized in my mind the … [Read more...] about What would total employer-employee collusion look like?
Become a Patron! This morning I hauled myself out of bed early to go down to the American Enterprise Institute and listen to Bill Cassidy discuss the outlines of his plan for paid parental leave. The dervishes at AEI already uploaded the video, so you can take a look for yourself, if you can stand to listen to politicians speak for more than 30 seconds at a time. Bonus: if … [Read more...] about Bill Cassidy has the worst paid parental leave plan yet