Category Archives: Ethics

The Impact of Social Impact Bonds: Predictable and Predicted

No one could have seen this coming (boldface mine): It was, in the vernacular of corporate America, a win-win: a bond that paid for preschool for underprivileged children in Utah while also making money for investors. Goldman Sachs announced last … Continue reading

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Corruption Can Not Be Contained: The Geoff Marcy Edition

Not being so young anymore, I’ve come to realize that there are very few cases of the ‘one bad act.’ When someone is repeatedly corrupt in one aspect of his life, he is usually corrupt in other areas as well. … Continue reading

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The Corruption of Scholarship

For many readers, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s calling attention to a potential conflict of interest for a researcher associated with the Brookings Institution probably didn’t even register. But among those who cash in on supposed academic objectivity, it was very … Continue reading

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Vox Grows Up And Becomes A Gentry-Class Organ

Just the same old Wor-Shing-Tun Shuffle, only with a slightly different flavor. It started when Ezra Klein made serious bank on giving lectures to insurance groups–while he’s a self-styled policy expert on healthcare. Now his partner-in-life and New York Times … Continue reading

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This Isn’t The Way To Prevent Antibiotic Misuse

From a NY Times article about companies that are jacking up the prices of generic drugs: Doxycycline, an antibiotic, went from $20 a bottle in October 2013 to $1,849 by April 2014, according to the two lawmakers. Deoxycycline is a … Continue reading

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Gawker Inadvertently Reveals the Real Shocker

Like many, I’m disgusted by Gawker’s outing a married mid-level executive who attempted to hire a gay escort (and who is a relative of a very prominent former official), when there is no reason to do so. The argument Gawker … Continue reading

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The Problem With the Marc Rubio Non-Scandal

As it’s campaign season, our political press corps has decided to focus on what’s really important: Republican candidate and senator Marc Rubio’s personal finances. The mainstream story line–which attempts to gin up scandal by arguing Rubio’s profligate ways (he bought … Continue reading

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