Category Archives: Economics

Bigotry Is A Force That Gives (Some Of) Us Meaning

One of the flaws of the analysis of the 2016 election–which is necessary to determine how to win future elections–is how the left, construed very broadly, misunderstands the role of racism. As some asshole with a blog put it (boldface … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts About Universal Basic Incomes And Job Guarantees

Or, if you prefer, why the Mad Biologist is in the slow leftist group. With the Democratic frontrunners for 2020 getting onboard with a job guarantee, there has been much discussion about both a universal basic income (UBI) and a … Continue reading

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Private Equity Is A Threat To R&D

So said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, when it put the kibosh on Chinese-owned Broadcom buying U.S.-owned Qualcomm (boldface mine): Tuesday’s ruling was groundbreaking in that the issue wasn’t whether Singapore’s Broadcom itself posed a security … Continue reading

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Medical Supply Chains And Industrial Policy

After Il Trumpe’s latest policy utterance on steel tariffs and trade, there has been much discussion about trade, manufacturing, protectionism, and the like. Usually, these discussions, when drawing on examples, focus on steel, cars, or other large consumer goods. It … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Trump ‘Budget’ And A Possible Minsky Moment

And thanks to budget chief Mick Mulvaney, nothing I write could be more stupid than anything he’s said–love clearing them low-lying punditry bars! Let’s deal with the ZOMG! TEH IFLATIONISMZ! typified by Steven Ratner (boldface mine): Perhaps I shouldn’t be … Continue reading

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Trickle-Down Tax Policies

Well, the Dirty Fucking Hippies knew that the Republican tax cuts weren’t going to wind up in workers’ pockets. So far, early signs favor the Hippies (boldface mine): The HR consulting firm asked 333 employers with at least 1,000 employees … Continue reading

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Clostridioides Difficile Is Expensive

The infection known as ‘C diff’ is caused by the organism Clostridioides* difficile. It’s often the result of antibiotic therapy, since antibiotic use can disrupt the normal microbial flora, making way for C. difficile. This means this infections are likely … Continue reading

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