Arendt, Antisemitism, and the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

I am one of those ideologically-impure liberals that worries a lot about public sector unions. On the one hand, I favor workplace democracy and collaboration; on the other hand, I worry about the fact that as union membership has declined, the majority of remaining union members haved tended to be at the top of the… Continue reading Arendt, Antisemitism, and the Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike

Another Badly-Aimed Attack on the Basic Income Guarantee from Crooked Timber

John Quiggin has been taking up the case against the basic income guarantee at Crooked Timber recently. See here and here. Unfortunately, he is attacking a weak man version of the policy. It doesn’t look like he actually opposes the BIG, in theory, but his objections all appear to demonstrate that a Basic Income is… Continue reading Another Badly-Aimed Attack on the Basic Income Guarantee from Crooked Timber

Greece and the European Union

This Newsnight piece paints a picture of the widespread breakdown of the Greek social compact: What was no joke were the clashes between police and the hardline protesters.[…] Time and again, on the grounds of confronting the rioters, police made incursions into large masses of peaceful protesters. […]I can tell you from repeated experience, it… Continue reading Greece and the European Union

The Money Illusion Manifesto

Here’s the gist: I would like to argue that most of the really important public policy issues are not even part of the ongoing debate in the press.  Here are some examples: 1.  The huge rise in occupational licensing. 2.  The huge rise in people incarcerated in the war on drugs, and also the scandalous… Continue reading The Money Illusion Manifesto

Does Basic Income + VAT “Solve” Immigration?

One of my favorite liberal policies is the basic income proposal. The idea is that all citizens have a basic guaranteed income, below which no one may fall. As the argument goes, this supplies more flexibility than basic provision of essential services, and renders recipients much more autonomous than they currently are, since the government… Continue reading Does Basic Income + VAT “Solve” Immigration?