Quick thoughts about airline economics [0.09]

Posted on April 14, 2017, 8:01 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

If you’ve not already read this piece by Matt Stoller challenging the conventional wisdom that airline deregulation in the 1970s has been a great success, you should.

Conversations about airline regulation are often framed in terms of neoliberalism and its discontents.

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A tao of politics [0.11]

Posted on March 30, 2017, 3:21 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Most uses of language can be understood in both referential and functional terms. A person might be fined or go to jail as a consequence of what I say.

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You tell me it’s the institution [0.12]

Posted on March 13, 2017, 11:25 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Lyman Stone is a wonderful writer I have only recently discovered. But it presents a useful occasion to say some things about “institutions”.

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Persuade [0.07]

Posted on Feb. 13, 2017, 8:34 p.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

A lot of arguments which ought to be about politics become arguments about principles or morality. Even when we share similar values, people will weigh tradeoffs between them differently to arrive at very different conclusions.

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Party polarization is endogenous [0.10]

Posted on Feb. 1, 2017, 8:40 p.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Centrist wonks lament party polarization, but rarely point out that it’s not something that just happened. Party polarization is the endogenous and predictable result of incentives created by a first-past-the-post voting system susceptible to gerrymandering.

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The economic geography of a universal basic income [0.08]

Posted on Dec. 1, 2016, 3:49 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Adam Ozimek has been doing some great work lately on the importance of helping the smaller, struggling places left behind as America’s economic center of gravity has shifted toward a few prosperous metropolises. For years, the economic conversation has been dominated by the “moving to productivity” story, the intriguing but flawed idea that the way to a better and more prosperous country was simply to encourage migration into the cities where, by the numbers, people seem to be unusually productive.

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Election angst [0.11]

Posted on Oct. 17, 2016, 8:23 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Domestic politics in the United States are worse at this moment than they have ever been in my sad 46 years of life. The most robust fact of social affairs is that communal characteristics trump individual characteristics in explaining almost any phenomenon of interest.

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Attributions of causality [0.09]

Posted on June 24, 2016, 10:42 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Like a lot of people, I think, I’m a bit dazed by the fact that apparently, really, the British public has voted to leave the EU. Explanations or assertions that don’t contribute to that are not worth very much.

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A parliament without a parliamentarian [0.14]

Posted on June 19, 2016, 10:16 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

I mean to write a bit about the “DAO hack“, which provides a fascinating true-crime introduction to the fascinating (virtual) world of blockchains and cryptocurrency if you don’t already follow this stuff.

Like a parliament, a blockchain is a means by which a group of people collaborates to produce an ordered list of accepted “resolutions” that is deemed authoritative and legitimate by some community it represents.

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E pluribus unum [0.06]

Posted on June 12, 2016, 2 p.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Many of us understand and agree that the way you lose to terrorism is to cop to its premises in the way that you react to it. If ISIS or Al Qaeda want to claim that there is a war of civilizations, a religious war between “Muslims” and “The West”, the worst thing we could do is to live up to the role into which the terrorists have cast us by indiscriminately harassing and attacking Muslims.

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There’s no substitute for a substitute [0.09]

Posted on May 26, 2016, 10:51 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Eric Fischer, after heroically reconstructing San Francisco housing data for much of the 20th Century, published an analysis of the determinants of median rents. It was only March when Hamilton Nolan helpfully concluded, “Build some housing, assholes.

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Difference [0.10]

Posted on May 15, 2016, 7:01 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

There are significant and salient tension between the economic and identity-oriented wings of the left that conservatives largely avoided… You saw this in the Clinton/Sanders primary where identity politics rhetoric and concepts were mobilized to shore up economic moderation. Yglesias identifies these precisely: There is an axis of “identity politics”, and an axis of economic stratification.

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Ten years after [-0.02]

Posted on March 1, 2016, 10:04 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

I don’t know whether it is of note even to me, but today interfluidity is ten years old.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 2:04 am PST.

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Policy as Mock UN [0.20]

Posted on Feb. 24, 2016, 8:09 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

Ezra Klein offers a response to my previous post, and there’s a lot that’s good it in.

Watching a candidate run his campaign’s policy processes is one of our best ways of predicting how he would run his White House.

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Your theory of politics is wrong [0.10]

Posted on Feb. 16, 2016, 5:57 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

I support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders, more than any politician who has ever had a serious shot at the office of United States President, represents my interests and values.

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Quasiprogressivity [0.06]

Posted on Feb. 10, 2016, 9:34 a.m. by interfluidity @ [source]

The word “progressive” is used in all kinds of ways.

One frequent use of the term “progressive” is to refer to the distributional effects of an arrangement or policy.

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