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.air travel airline communities competition deregulation industry Longman Marginal Piece subsidy
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.coalition Congress implementation members party political reason states Tea vote
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.District Gerrymandering identification issues member parties party polarization political voter
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.cities collaboration communities economic production productivity prosperous rent talented unusually
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.characteristics communal communities individuals made nation state phenomenon social Trump voters
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.block blockchain lottery majority miner pass resolution rules user vote
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.Donald Trump enemy Muslims National political racial Republican states terrorists War
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.address city Fischer housing market rate San Francisco unit unit growth years
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.centered activist economic group identity identity centered oppression socially status stratification universalist
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.Campaign candidate competence constraints interests values Klein policy President promise voters