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Not Free Enough to Choose

Not Free Enough to Choose

    by Joel Schlosberg Paul Krugman believes he’s discovered a flaw in the work of a fellow Nobel laureate economist. The late Milton Friedman, Krugman writes, was under the mistaken impression “that more choice is always a good thing” due to taking for granted that “people have more or less unlimited capacity to do […]

Brave New World Wide Web Revisited

Brave New World Wide Web Revisited

    by Joel Schlosberg February 8 marks the silver anniversary of an iconic early manifesto defending the Internet as a space where personal liberties and social cooperation might flourish free of political control … just in time. John Perry Barlow emailed “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” from the World Economic Forum the […]

Let the Twenties Roar Free

Let the Twenties Roar Free

    by Joel Schlosberg New Year’s Eve partiers had good reason to celebrate at the stroke of midnight on January 1. If the end of 2020 felt like a farewell to the missteps of more than one previous year, in a way it truly was. The culture of the year 1925 broke free from […]

No Body for President? Pay Mind.

No Body for President? Pay Mind.

    by Joel Schlosberg A celebrity who unleashed a frenzy of media attention with an unexpected win of a term in political office, despite being famed more for an outlandish personal style and uninhibited public statements than governmental experience, garnered insufficient ballots to win the 2020 US presidential election. The slightly over 1,500 votes […]

Jimmy Carter Freed Markets. Will Joe Biden?

Jimmy Carter Freed Markets. Will Joe Biden?

    By Joel Schlosberg On October 1, Jimmy Carter became the first-ever US president to live past 95 years. He enjoyed a celebratory cavalcade in Plains, Georgia.  Yet his Democratic party has ignored one of his most enduring legacies. Signing the Airline Deregulation Act, the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform and Modernization Act, and the […]

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Zero

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Zero

    By Joel Schlosberg For this fall’s college freshmen, standardized tests weren’t as crucial in determining their selection as they would have been before 2020. Hundreds of educational institutions waived exam requirements when COVID prevented on-site administration. Some even excised the tests from the application process entirely. Yet Jeffrey Selingo reports that “something strange […]

Voters Can’t Get Mad Enough to Get Happy

Voters Can’t Get Mad Enough to Get Happy

    by Joel Schlosberg Larry Penner vouches that “the Democrats could run Mad magazine’s ‘What, Me Worry?’ Alfred E. Neuman for president and still carry the Empire State by a wide margin” (“True blue New York,” Queens Chronicle, August 27). That’s a harsh assessment … of Neuman. Unlike Democratic politicians in solidly blue states, […]

Anarchists Didn’t Start the Fire

Anarchists Didn’t Start the Fire

    By Joel Schlosberg When Joe Biden declared that “arsonists and anarchists should be prosecuted” at a campaign speech in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28, he echoed his archrival Donald Trump. The Democratic candidate’s words could have come from a recent tweet by the  incumbent, who conflated “arsonists, looters, criminals, and anarchists” on June 4. […]

Time to Drop Hamilton’s Economics

Time to Drop Hamilton’s Economics

    By Joel Schlosberg The June 3 premiere of Hamilton on streaming service Disney+ marked the end of a five-year wait for audiences who hadn’t seen the hit musical on stage. Alexander Hamilton’s rivals in Hamilton concede that he “doesn’t get enough credit for all the credit he gave us.” To the contrary, as […]

War is Not Good for the Economy or Living Things

War is Not Good for the Economy or Living Things

    By Joel Schlosberg Has New York Times columnist Paul Krugman become an advocate of laissez-faire? Probably not. But if he carried his observations “On the Economics of Not Dying” (May 28) to their logical conclusion, he just might. Krugman notes that economic growth is “just a means to an end, namely, improving the […]

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