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The Ezra Klein Show - American politics after Christianity, with Ross Douthat | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
On Christianities intersection and role in modern day and future politics. How absent Christianity, the right will go more nationalistic and racist. Interesting discussion of Christianity role in abolishing slavery, Catholic vs Protestants role with the natives, and other interesting topics.
Christianity  Politics  podcasts  douthat  Slavery  History  Catholic 
20 days ago by HispanicPundit
Washington Monthly | To Take Back the Map, Democrats Need a Plan to Revive Heartland Cities
The argument that a failure to enforce anti-trust laws has created this bue state high income, red state low income dichotomy and his this, in effect, makes it easier for Republicans to keep power.
anti-trust  states  Politics  Democrats  WashingtonMonthly 
28 days ago by HispanicPundit
A Closer Look at Adverse Selection and Mandatory Insurance - Econlib
Bottom line: Real-world insurance regulation has little or nothing to do with economists’ “moral hazard and adverse selection” mantra.  The “intellectual” bases of real-world regulation of insurance are rather populism and paternalism: Big bad insurers won’t cover people unless it’s profitable, and simple-minded consumers don’t care enough about their own health to pay for it themselves. 

Contrary to e.g. Krugman, insurance isn’t a “special” market where laissez-faire doesn’t work.  Instead, it’s a normal market where democratic politics doesn’t work, because both the public and economists remain wedded to populism and paternalism.
healthcare  market-failure  Politics  Krugman  Caplan 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Empiricism and Dogma: Why Left and Right Can't Agree on Climate Change - Quillette
So, it should really not be particularly mysterious that opinions on global warming tend to divide along political lines. It is not because one side cleaves to dispassionate logic while the other remains obstinately wedded to political dogmatism. It is simply that the problem and its proposed solutions align more comfortably with the dogma of one side than the other. That does not mean, however, that the Left is equally out-of-step with the science of global warming as the Right. It really is the case that the Right is more likely to deny the most well-established aspects of the science. If skeptical conservatives are to be convinced, the Left must learn to reframe the issue in a way that is more palatable to their worldview.
globalwarming  Politics  Democrats  Republicans  PoliSci 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Can Violent Protest Change Local Policy Support? Evidence from the Aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot | American Political Science Review | Cambridge Core
Violent protests are dramatic political events, yet we know little about the effect of these events on political behavior. While scholars typically treat violent protests as deliberate acts undertaken in pursuit of specific goals, due to a lack of appropriate data and difficulty in causal identification, there is scant evidence of whether riots can actually increase support for these goals. Using geocoded data, we analyze measures of policy support before and after the 1992 Los Angeles riot—one of the most high-profile events of political violence in recent American history—that occurred just prior to an election. Contrary to some expectations from the academic literature and the popular press, we find that the riot caused a marked liberal shift in policy support at the polls. Investigating the sources of this shift, we find that it was likely the result of increased mobilization of both African American and white voters. Remarkably, this mobilization endures over a decade later.
riots  LosAngeles  crime  Politics 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Asian Voters & Republicans -- The Party Needs Asian Americans to Win Elections | National Review
A strong argument that Asians are natural Republicans and the GOP needs to do more to court them.
Asians  Republicans  yoo  NationalReview  Politics 
april 2019 by HispanicPundit
(58) The Biology Behind Politics - YouTube
On how large cities skew left dramatically and the psychology behind it.
Politics  USA  graphs  video  Campaign2016  psychology 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
Conservatives React Differently to Disgusting Pictures - The Atlantic
On how basic fundamental views of what is disgusting and repulsive can have a significant impact on ones political views.
Politics  psychology  Republicans  Democrats  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
What Took You So Long? - Econlib
I have a strong suspicion that these incentives of village life are a big part of the explanation for why it took so long for economic growth to take off. For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings were stuck in societies with informal norms that choked off creativity and entrepreneurship. No wonder the miracle of modernity took so long. For economic growth to really take off, the individual needed a relatively anonymous society where he could turn his back on his neighbors without worrying if an envious neighbor would sink a dagger into it.
Politics  evolution  tribe  psychology  economic-growth  History  Caplan 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
Why you should care that 'Abood' has been overturned - The Washington Post
A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that right-to-work laws, which have effects closely related to those likely to come from this ruling, make a political difference. By a small but significant amount, they reduce voter turnout, Democratic vote share and union contributions to the campaigns of Democratic politicians. The results ultimately show up in the affected governments taking a more conservative policy direction.
unions  right-to-work  Politics  voting  McArdle  SupremeCourt 
october 2018 by HispanicPundit
The Ezra Klein Show - David French on “The Great White Culture War" | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand
Great discussion on the intersection of race with social justice causes like race and religious liberty and pro-life causes.
Race  Politics  klein  DavidFrench  Culture  discussion  podcasts  religiousFreedom  civil-liberties 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Low-skilled immigration seems to boost support for Republicans - Marginal REVOLUTION
In this paper we study the impact of immigration to the United States on the vote for the Republican Party by analyzing county-level data on election outcomes between 1990 and 2010. Our main contribution is to separate the effect of high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants, by exploiting the different geography and timing of the inflows of these two groups of immigrants. We find that an increase in the first type of immigrants decreases the share of the Republican vote, while an inflow of the second type increases it. These effects are mainly due to the local impact of immigrants on votes of U.S. citizens and they seem independent of the country of origin of immigrants. We also find that the pro-Republican impact of low-skilled immigrants is stronger in low-skilled and non-urban counties. This is consistent with citizens’ political preferences shifting towards the Republican Party in places where low-skilled immigrants are more likely to be perceived as competition in the labor market and for public resources.
Immigration  Politics  Republicans  Cowen  NBER 
may 2018 by HispanicPundit
How Dems and Reps Differ: Against the Conventional Wisdom, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The second big misconception is that the parties' rhetoric makes sense on its own terms. It doesn't. If Dems really cared about poor human beings, they would quit worrying about the American old, most of whom aren't poor. In fact, they would quit worrying about the American "poor," because by world standards, they're doing fine. Instead, Dems would concentrate all their efforts on helping absolutely poor foreigners, presumably through a mixture of permitting massive immigration, and redirecting welfare to the world's bottom billions.
Democrats  Republicans  Politics  Caplan 
december 2017 by HispanicPundit
Sometimes the People Need to Call the Experts - Bloomberg View
If I had to pick a single area where faculty rule would be most appropriate, it is the Federal Reserve. (The Environmental Protection Agency would be another candidate.) Very few citizens understand such basic concepts as how inflation rates are calculated, the differences between real and nominal rates of interest, or how the shadow banking system is supposed to work, much less tripartite repurchase agreements or the Basel capital standards. The complexities increase every year, and it is no accident that the last two Fed chairs have been drawn from the highest ranks of academic economists.
politics  government  elites  cowen  bloomberg 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Left Wing Governments Love the Poor - Marginal REVOLUTION
The basic idea may also be put this way.  A left wing government might not want to pass policies to educate the masses or open markets to small business firms because such policies are likely to be successful and in the process create a class of skilled workers and petty bourgeoisie who will vote against the left-wing party and its policies of income redistribution. By keeping its constituents poor, the left-wing party keeps its constituents beholden because only the left-wing party will support income redistribution.
Politics  blacks  Democrats  tabarrok  Liberalism 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Real Reason So Many Americans Oppose Immigration - Bloomberg View
You might not be amazed that nativists would tend not to like members of different racial groups. But there’s a kicker: Once the data are disaggregated, it emerges that essentially all of the movement came from negative attitudes toward Hispanics. Attitudes toward Asians and blacks didn’t correlate with views about immigration.
immigration  politics  bloomberg 
september 2016 by HispanicPundit
*Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America* - Marginal REVOLUTION
The claim of asymmetrical party polarization is half-true and completely understandable.  First, there should be no mystery to asymmetry.  If the parties are very competitive, as they are, and the public is skewed to the conservative end of the ideological scale, the parties should be similarly skewed.  In a center-right nation, the right-wing party should be further to the right than the left-wing party is to the left.  If the two parties were equally ideological, the Democrats would be in a permanent minority.  That said, the increased polarization of the parties cannot be entirely attributed to the Republican Party becoming more conservative.  Before the Republicans began moving to the right, Democrats had moved further to the left.  Party polarization followed the staggered nature of the realignment.  In the 1970s, congressional Democrats moved significantly to the left, while there was little change in congressional Republicans.  The Republican shift to the right came later and was augmented by the growth of conservatism in the public.  The polarization of the parties was a two-step dance — maybe three big steps: One big step to the left and two smaller steps to the right.
books  republicans  democrats  politics  cowen 
august 2016 by HispanicPundit
Education and Libertarian Tendencies: An International Pattern, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
In the United States, the well-educated are more socially liberal and economically conservative. In absolute terms, they're statist, but they're nevertheless relatively libertarian. (See my notes for an intro, and Althaus for broader discussion).
capitalism  culture  academia  politics 
april 2015 by HispanicPundit
Gochenour-Nowrasteh on the Political Externalities of Immigration, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
What's going on? The simplest story is that immigration has two roughly offsetting political effects: Although immigrant voters are a little more pro-welfare state, their very presence makes native voters a little more anti-welfare state. Gochenour-Nowrasteh explore other stories at the end of the paper. Read the whole thing.
immigration  politics  welfare  caplan 
february 2014 by HispanicPundit
British Democracy and the Death Penalty, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
In short, populism on more fringe issues in the UK is somewhat restrained by the primary structure of the major political parties. However, on important issues, the external political value of populism outweighs the need to stay within the political consensus - for example, Margaret Thatcher's major change to the position of the Conservative Party.
britain  politics  caplan  death-penalty  sidebar 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Sergei Brin hates political parties, but he'd like the alternative even less.
Political partisanship is kind of like representative democracy itself—a terrible mess, but clearly superior to the alternatives. After all, we don't need to guess at what representative democracy without political parties would look like. Just examine almost any American city council—be it New York, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, whatever—and you'll see a legislative body that's so overwhelmingly Democratic that partisan politics don't drive outcomes. The result of this isn't a utopia of good government and sound policy, it's an orgy of hyper-localism. Political parties are organized, for better and for worse, around clashing visions of what's better for America. The quest for partisan advantage is, among other things, a quest for the opportunity to build a better society. Absent parties you get a situation where instead of a clash of visions of what would be best for the city as a whole, council members give undue preference to strong local interests. In city government, that means NIMB
sidebar  yglesias  fundamentals  politics 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
*Affluence and Influence*
3. It argues, using a comprehensive data set, that the preferences of poor and even middle income people are neglected or underrepresented in the policy process.  The preferences of the wealthiest ten percent seem to have more sway.

4. It should take greater care to distinguish the preferences of the (often ill-informed) poor across means and ends.  Say a poor or middle class person feels “I want tariffs” and also “I want prosperity.”  The elites then push through free trade to produce prosperity and for that matter to get reelected and perhaps also to serve commercial interests and donors.  Have they met or frustrated the preferences of the poor?  By the metrics of Gilens the poor did not get their way but that is not obviously the correct conclusion.  Matt makes a related point.
sidebar  cowen  yglesias  politics  inequality  books  democracy 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Whose Interests? Which Corporations?
As the great metaphysician Mitt Romney put it, corporations are people and concrete political controversies often pit the interests of entire firms or sectors against those of others. This reality is somewhat obscured from view precisely by the fact that labor unions are so weak in the American private sector. But if there were a labor union representing the majority of rank-and-file insurance company workers, they'd have been leading the charge against the public option. The United Mine Workers stand up for the interests of mine workers versus mine owners, but also for the interests of the mining industry versus the broader public interest in preventing the coal industry from sapping the atmosphere's ability to absord CO2 emissions.

I think the practical issue here is a very real, but substantially narrower one. Labor unions are a clear and consistent voice for progressive taxation and public services against high-income individuals' strong interest in paying less taxes.
unions  politics  liberalism  corporate  lobbying  fundamentals  yglesias  sidebar 
june 2012 by HispanicPundit
Freakonomics » How Much Does Campaign Spending Influence the Election? A Freakonomics Quorum
More academic consensus that money does NOT have such an influence on elections as liberals think.
sidebar  freakonomics  corporate  CampaignReform  politics  lobbying 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
John Derbyshire: Who Are We?—The “Dissident Right”? | VDARE.com
It's just that conservative ideals like self-sufficiency and minimal dependence on government have no appeal to underperforming minorities—groups who, in the statistical generality, are short of the attributes that make for group success in a modern commercial nation.

Of what use would it be to them to embrace such ideals? They would end up even more decisively pooled at the bottom of society than they are currently.

A much better strategy for them is to ally with as many disaffected white and Asian subgroups as they can (homosexuals, feminists, dead-end labor unions), attain electoral majorities, and institute big redistributionist governments to give them make-work jobs and transfer wealth to them from successful groups.

Which is what, very rationally and sensibly, they do.
sidebar  hispanic  derbyshire  sailer  conservatives  politics  blacks  minority  race 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
Curley Effect in California, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
I think something similar is happening in California. California has become a heavily Democratic state. The majority Democrats in the legislature and the Democratic governor are pursuing highly wasteful projects: a "high-speed" rail that probably won't be high-speed but will surely be high-cost, and higher marginal income tax rates (already among the highest in the United States) on the highest-income people, to name two. They don't seem to be restrained by the worry that many of the most-productive people will leave and are leaving the state. You can attribute this simply to ideology, and I'm sure that's an element. But I also think one of the Democrats' goals is to reduce the population of potential anti-Democrat voters so that their majority is assured.
california  glaeser  politics  henderson  sidebar 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
Noah Millman » The Third-Worlding Of California? Or The Northeasterning?
the legislature becomes the brokerage house for the various interest groups that dominate the overwhelming majority party. This creates an opening for the opposition party to seize control of the executive, on the banner of protecting the general interest from the depredations of the special interests. The problem is that the opposition party, because it cannot wield real power in the legislature, can’t build an infrastructure for a real party statewide. So it becomes the vehicle for a series of more or less high-profile individuals who can carry a statewide campaign. The pressure from this outside force, in turn, forces the majority party to, occasionally, offer up a candidate from its own reform wing in order to be competitive on a statewide level with a reform-minded opposition. This dynamic is basically why Democrats tend to lose the mayoralty of New York (in spite of the fact that there are, to a first approximation, no Republicans in New York City)...
california  politics  Governator  miller  sidebar 
april 2012 by HispanicPundit
Why Women are More Liberal Than Men | John Goodman's Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org
In general, women take more responsibility than men for the care of dependents – both in the family, where they devote more resources to young children and elderly parents, and in paid employment, where they are concentrated in education, health and social services.

A large proportion of all public social spending, ranging from public education to Medicare and Social Security, is devoted to dependent care. Women have long favored such expenditures more than men.
sidebar  goodman  economix  welfare  politics  genderissues 
april 2012 by HispanicPundit
Murray's Blind Spots, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
On the contrary: If you think that providing economic equality and security are primary functions of government, you should favor open borders.  Free immigration is the mightiest poverty program known to man.  It also greatly enhances security more broadly defined - as the Jews denied asylum by Roosevelt tragically remind us.  Open borders Gilded Age America was vastly more humane than any European social democracy could ever hope to be. 
Why not open borders and the European model?  Friedman's view that "You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state" is greatly overstated.  But there probably aren't enough resources on earth to give European-level benefits to anyone who scrapes together the cost of a boat ticket.  Realistically speaking, you'd have to be more austere than the U.S. to make open borders work.  Murray should have proudly recommend this open borders + austerity package to the friends of equality and security, and affably insisted: "My policy beats y
sidebar  politics  caplan  murray  immigration 
january 2012 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: The Top 20 Political "Heavy Hitters" Lean Democrat
OpenSecrets tracks political contributions by source, and also identifies the political leanings of the organizations who spend money on political donations.  For example, the National Education leans strongly Democrat, the National Auto Dealers leans mildly Republican, and the National Association of Realtors is politically balanced. 

Overall, the top 20 political donors lean strongly Democrat, see the average above in the last row of the chart: 76% Democrat vs. 20% Republican.
supremecourt  unions  politics  perry  sidebar  free-speech  corporate 
august 2011 by HispanicPundit
Why do voters care most about the prices politicians can’t change? | Matt Rognlie
At the same time, however, there is an even more important price that politicians around the country can change: the price of housing. Especially in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Washington and (gah!) Boston, a tangle of zoning and building restrictions makes housing far more expensive than the direct costs of supplying it would suggest. Changes in population from state to state are dominated by a general trend of moving to where housing is cheaper. The costs of shelter account for more than 20% of consumer expenditures. Clearly this a very, very important issue for consumers’ well-being—yet we don’t see a popular response that comes close to matching the ferocity of the reaction to gas prices.
zoning  real-estate  environmentalism  oil  politicians  politics  rognlie  sidebar 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
Irritating pseudo-populism, backed up by false statistics and implausible speculations - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Fourth, who says that opponents of school vouchers oppose them "as being bad for poor blacks"? Where did that come from? I imagine there are a lot of different reasons why people support or oppose school vouchers. And I doubt that worrying about what's "bad for poor blacks" is a high priority for most whites--rich or poor. Maybe things are different in Canada, but here in the U.S.A., we rich whites spend a lot more time thinking about ourselves than we do about poor blacks.
vouchers  race  politics  voting  gelman  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Falkenblog: Detroit Implodes
American minorities don't need money, pity, or special rights, they need temperance, diligence, thrift and other bourgeois virtues, exactly what their community leaders are telling them are orthogonal to their position. The last thing you should tell someone in really bad straights is that his problem is the indifference, if not cruelty, of others, because it doesn't help him.

Democrats and black leaders bear most of the blame for the Detroit, and this should be a teaching moment. Yet, I see no such re-evaluation, and so I have little hope for American Cities, which I assume in a generation will be like the favelas of Brazil, places the police won't even go.
minorities  race  politics  Democrats  affirmative-action  Falkenstein  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » The Right, The Unions, and Campaign Finance
I find that right-of-center people are very good at noting ways in which the political process is at times pathological. The technical term for noting the existence of problems in the political system while also having absolutely nothing constructive to say about how to improve things. There’s even entire divergent disciplines such that complaining that the political process is unfair while also having right-of-center political opinions is called “public choice economics.” The usual response to these complaints is something like liberals are upset at how the rich and powerful have disproportionate political influence, but that’s why some of us think the government should be as small as possible. The problem here is that you need to apply a “public choice” analysis analysis to that idea. If there’s a state, and if the rich and powerful have massively disproportionate influence over what the state does, then the state will tend to advance the interests of the rich and the powerful.
inequality  lobbying  politics  conservatives  yglesias  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Why Wisconsin?
The really interesting message from Wisconsin is that Governor Walker is able to mount this challenge to unions, not whether he “wins” or loses (which I see as an issue of minor importance.) This battle is a symbol that the old Democratic Party that I knew when I was younger is very much weakened. The party of people like Hubert Humphrey, for you older readers. It’s not gone, but it is more and more confined to public sector workers, who work with their minds.
walker  politics  Sumner  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Political economy: Government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich | The Economist
At left, we see that as people at the bottom of the income spectrum care more about an issue, the probability of action on that issue scarcely budges. At right we see that policy responds a little more to median preferences. But what's clear in both is that the rich are much more successful at getting their issues on the docket.
politics  corporate  polls  lobbying  economist  sidebar  inequality 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Dimensionality, Evolution, and Influence of Punditry, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
While it's not decisive proof, it's consistent with a story where intellectuals change their minds first, and activists, the rank-and-file, and politicians gradually get into line.
politics  caplan  sidebar  civil-rights  polls 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Power and the Left | Politics | The American Scene
If you look at the energy on the radical left today, it’s still derivative primarily of the New Left of the 1970s, not the Old Left of the 1930s. It’s animated by a distrust of power rather than a desire to seize power on behalf of the powerless. The folks who protest the WTO or who vote for the Greens don’t want government to nationalize industry for the benefit of the working class. They want to weaken industry. They don’t want a strong government to serve as a balance against global corporate power. They want corporate power broken.
liberalism  chomsky  politics  AmericanScene  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
A plain blog about politics: Why Do Presidents Do Anything, Anyway, If Voters Don't Care?
"This brings me to a question: if policy innovation entails major risks for presidents and few electoral rewards, why do they bother? Why not just restrict yourself to talking about what a great idea school uniforms are, and call it a day?"
politics  presidency  bernstein  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Defensive Filibustering for Fun and Profit - Megan McArdle - Politics - The Atlantic
"I'd say that centrists in both parties have always had an essentially defensive view of the power of government, and with good reason. The filibuster lets them stop hateful legislation from the other party, but it also keeps them from having to take votes on bills sponsored by the hard-core wing of their own party. Without the filibuster, they'd spend a lot more time choosing between angering the leadership, and angering their constituents. I can't say that Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson seemed particularly thrilled about having to take a controversial vote on health care reform without its protection. And I suspect this is why they can't seem to do away with the damn thing. "
filibuster  politics  mcardle  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Thank God Matt Yglesias is not a Rawlsian
"As an aside, I still think the Conservatives did more to improve Britain. They inherited a country going down the tubes, and made some very painful decisions to shut down a lot of uncompetitive manufacturing and mining. The made the economy more efficient. They ended double digit inflation. These reforms hurt various sectors of the public, but were needed in the long run. In contrast, Labour inherited an economy in very good shape, and left a fiscal train wreck when they left office in 2010. And a bad recession. Notice the data only goes up to 2008—let’s see how it looks in 2 years when we have the full data showing the Labour government’s entire term in office."
Britain  politics  conservatives  liberalism  economy  yglesias  Sumner  sidebar  poverty 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why Don't U.S. Corporations Threaten to Exit?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"In fact, the threat of exit does get used and it does work. "If you do X, then this financial market will move to London" was a threat that was often used to talk Washington out of doing X with respect to financial regulation.

However, the threat of exit is often not credible, for various reasons. For one thing, once you relocate your headquarters, your ability to influence U.S. policy diminishes. For example, suppose that AIG or Goldman had moved their headquarters overseas five years ago in order to escape high U.S. corporate tax rates. Would they have received as much government support in the crisis?"
corporate  states  politics  kling  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Bernstein Smacks Down Greenwald | The New Republic
"The most amusing thing about those on the left and the right who think their party leaders are sell-outs is how unaware they are of their resemblance to each other. The conservative movement is filled with people who think George W. Bush failed to cut spending because he lacked sufficient willpower to demand it. Very few of them understand, say, that Bush had to support some kind of prescription drug bill to win in 2000 and had to follow through on his promise to win in 2004. They believe the problem was that Bush was insufficiently committed to their ideological goals. Time to replace him with a true believer!"
politics  bush  pharmaceuticals  obamaadministration  obamacare  publicoption  greenwald  bernstein  chait  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The new issue of Econ Journal Watch
"My own view is that "who in the general public understands economics best" is very sensitive to which questions we ask. Libertarian-leaning voters have a better understanding of government failure, but left-leaning voters are more likely to understand adverse selection or aggregate demand management. Which is a more important topic? That may depend on the researcher's own point of view. What's the closest we can come to a value-neutral test of whether elites or the "common man" understand economic reasoning better? "
liberalism  libertarianism  politics  economics  cowen  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Super-Economy: Hispanic voters are few compared to anti-illegal immigration voters
Even counting for future Hispanic votes, the anti-immigration vote is a better political strategy than pro-immigration one.
immigration  polls  politics  hispanic  republicans  SuperEconomy  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: Obamacare: Majority of Americans Are Skeptical
"1. 52% say the plan will be bad for America, a view that went up slightly after the plan became law and has now held steady for five weeks."
obamacare  politics  perry  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Politics of Cable Network Audiences
"Here's a graph from the marketing research firm National Media Research, Planning, and Placement of how the audiences of cable television networks skew in terms of party (Democrats to the left, Republicans to the right) and likelihood of voting (highest turnout at the top)."
media  politics  republicans  Democrats  sailer  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
Matthew Yglesias » Is Frum Actually Right About the GOP?
"The empirical evidence to me suggests that our default view about the relationship between ideology and electability ought to be one of nihilism—any challenger can win provided the economy is doing poorly, and any incumbent can get re-elected provided things are going allright. An important caveat to that is that our empirical data rests on the assumption that both parties are able to mount real nationwide campaigns. "
politics  yglesias  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - The costs and benefits of the Republican strategy on health-care reform
"Put simply, if Republicans had worked with Democrats on health-care reform, the bill would not have been as unpopular. There was a zero-sum game between the politics and the policy. The strategy to make a moderate bill look like an extreme document relied on the optics of total Republican opposition coloring perceptions of the underlying legislation. Any move to exchange Republican votes for legislative concessions would have undercut the political case against the bill. "
ObamaCare  politics  frum  klein  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit
There’s No Real Precedent for This « The Enterprise Blog
"But do Obama and Pelosi have any understanding of how profoundly they have violated the sense of the American project? Do they have any idea how hard it is to sustain democracies over long periods of time, and how fragile our democracy has become because of what they did?"
ObamaCare  obamafailures  politics  democracy  usa  history  murray  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: A simple theory of political jobs, with respect to the health care debate
"Political jobs would be torture for most people. You have no freedom. You are underpaid and over-bugged. You lose a lot of your privacy. You have to stop writing emails or saying what you think. You don't get to read many good books or go for many quiet walks. It's hard to be a non-conformist. And so on. Yet it's really hard to get top political jobs. So who gets them? People who truly, deeply love the power."
politics  power  cowen  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » Liberals and Conservatives
"The above two stories are meant to represent psychological liberalism and conservatism. Political liberalism and conservatism, as these words are used today, does not by any means always follow these psychological meanings: when it comes to the public schools in their current form, for example, liberals tend to be not just conservative but positively reactionary."
conservatives  liberalism  politics  chicagoboyz  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ayn Rand Discovers Public Choice, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"He [Parnell Thomas, chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee] tried to placate her [Ayn Rand] with promises of a "whole [new] special hearing devoted to nothing but ideology," where she could bring out "all the facts." She told him that, if she came back to testify at all, it would be on her terms. "What terms?" he asked, visibly nervous. Why, philosophical terms, of course, she answered. Relieved, he said, "Oh, I thought you meant money." "That gave me an insight into [his] psychology," she later told a friend, adding, "You know, in Washington, if you talk about terms, it's not philosophy.""
rand  politics  books  henderson  sidebar 
december 2009 by HispanicPundit
America as Texas vs. California « The Enterprise Blog
How Obama is following the California model - and we need more of the Texas model.
california  taxes  politics  conservatives  liberalism  aei  sidebar 
november 2009 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Columnist - Inequality as Usual - NYTimes.com
On the political difficulties of reducing inequality - and whether we really want the trade off.
inequality  politics  europe  douthat  sidebar 
october 2009 by HispanicPundit
Against Human Weakness, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"Public defenses of human weakness are part of an insidious pooling equilibrium. Someone fails to live up to their marriage vows or other solemn agreements, and bystanders are supposed to either invoke human weakness or stay quiet. What happens if you condemn the guilty party? You risk being singled out for hyper-scrutiny, and harsh condemnation for the smallest stain on your record. (Or alternately, you single yourself out as a bitter, pathetic victim). As a result, wrong-doers caught red-handed deflect attention from their own bad behavior onto those who vocally disapprove of what they've done. What kind of incentives are those?"
marriage  culture  politics  moralissues  caplan  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: The Dark Side of Ted Kennedy's Legacy
"While Kennedy didn’t choose a life of ease, he did something much worse: he chose a life of power. That choice satisfied an appetite that is far grosser, baser, and more anti-social than are any of the more private appetites that many rich people often choose to satisfy".
liberals  politics  liberalism  boudreaux  perry  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Trouble with Public Choice: Too Generous to Politicians
"The incentives of the political process create a kind of filter that selects for individuals extraordinarily fixated on power and status and extraordinarily motivated to keep it. If this is right, then the problem with standard public choice is that it gives too much credit to politicians by assuming they’re like everyone else and therefore it fails to capture just how exceptionally prone politicians are to narcissism, motivated cognition, self-deception, and brazen lying."
politics  government  libertarianism  yglesias  wilkinson  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
Status, Greed, and Power, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"One of the problems with large-scale politics and large-scale capitalism is that there is this tendency to select the most overconfident, driven, and aggressive men for leadership positions."
politics  corporate  yglesias  cowen  kling  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The addictions of fame and power
"Many people -- especially those who become politicians -- really do want fame and power and it is amazing what they will talk themselves into to get there and to stay there. They don't even want fame in the sense of being recognized, in the longer run, for having done the right thing. They want more personal influence and power now."
politics  yglesias  cowen  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
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