What a Wonderful World

Music can be incredibly therapeutic, not only when you listen to it, but even more so when you make it. Singing in the shower can be a great release, but actually preparing songs and performing for an audience adds multiple dimensions of satisfaction. I sing with a barbershop quartet and Continue Reading →

Better Deal Equals Empty Rhetoric

Senator Chuck Schumer had a recent op-ed in the Progressive Liberal Democratic echo chamber called the New York Times. He seems to be asserting himself as the new voice of the Democratic party, with bold pronouncements of all of the new, progressive things he and his party are going to Continue Reading →

Big Government Fundamentalists

The term “fundamentalist” is typically used as a pejorative, as someone who adheres to fundamental dogma, regardless of other possible interpretations or evidence to the contrary. Market fundamentalist is a term that has gotten a lot of play over the years, a caricature of someone with faith that problems will Continue Reading →

What Education Does For You

Education is for everyone. It is unavoidable. From the day they are born, people learn cause-and-effect. While babies have some survival instincts, as they grow and develop, they learn about the physical world, based on the way it works in reality. They learn how to relate to other people and Continue Reading →

Saving Capitalism From Something

During the years of the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes formalized what he called his General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Capital, which heavily influenced politics of the time and the development of economics in subsequent decades. He is often characterized as the man who single-handedly prevented the collapse of Continue Reading →

The Necessity of Ideology

Minimum wage has been a hot topic for quite a while. Those who want to impose a high minimum often latch onto a study by economists Alan Krueger and David Card that showed that a minimum wage increase had no effect on employment levels. That study had inherent weaknesses and Continue Reading →

Fix the Incentives, Fix the Problem

A long time ago, I used to go to lunch periodically with a bunch of coworkers. Some would say “Let’s make it easy and divide up the bill evenly.” That was back in ancient times before restaurant technology could easily split the bill for the table, so it definitely was Continue Reading →

Affordable Care Fairy Dust

I just got notice that the cost of our health insurance is going up almost fourteen percent for the year. To give some perspective, if you accept the official figures, the consumer inflation rate is 1.9%. The increase in premium is more than seven times the overall rate of consumer Continue Reading →

Logical Consistency for Pro-Choice Stand

The pro-choice movement has revolved around the abortion issue for decades. The question asked is whether a woman should control her own body, to be allowed to make her own choice as far as continuing a pregnancy or ending it. The real underlying contentiousness, however, is whether or not the Continue Reading →

The Irony of the Common Good

Confusion is frequently created by conflating two different senses of an idea under the same name, with “common good” as an example. Acting unselfishly, as in helping your neighbor or helping clean a park, is often seen as acting toward the common good instead of just the good of the Continue Reading →