I recently returned from a long weekend trip to my hometown (made longer by one voluntary bump and one involuntary missed connection), and have been turning over in my head something that has come to seem more and more important to me. Here it is: small-town life is so obviously superior to big-city or suburban life that the suggestion that big cities or suburbs are better … [Read more...] about An unbridgeable divide in American life
Many people are saying, "sure, I love Independently Financed, but I'm upset there's no way I can express my support in tangible terms, like a monthly contribution." Other people are saying, "Independently Financed is literally the worst blog, but I don't have any way to express my disgust with its author's constant hectoring about entrepreneurship and economic … [Read more...] about Independently Financed has a Patreon page!
There is a question which I find fascinating but which everyone else seems to treat as utterly banal: why do people operate mutual funds, hedge funds, real estate investment trusts, and other investment vehicles for the benefit of other owners and shareholders? After all, if you really believed that a long/short market-neutral trading strategy will generate returns in excess … [Read more...] about Why do people operate investment vehicles?
I am a great believer in self-employment, and think many more people should be self-employed than currently are. But I don't think everybody should be self-employed, for the simple reason that not everybody wants to be self-employed. But if work is to continue to be a part of our economic tapestry, then it needs to undergo some major restoration work. Is work primarily a … [Read more...] about Work is broken and we have to fix it – or else
It's become very fashionable in certain circles to prove your intellectual and critical thinking bona fides by changing your mind about ideas in the face of evidence or arguments to the contrary. In that spirit journalist David Leonhardt wrote this summer challenge in the New York Times, and I'm perfectly game. Now I just need some suggestions. There are some obvious … [Read more...] about What should I change my mind about?