Improving Ourselves to Death

This article went viral, getting tons of up-votes: Improving Ourselves to Death: What the self-help gurus and their critics reveal about our times. These passages stood out: In our current era of non-stop technological innovation, fuzzy wishful thinking has yielded to the hard doctrine of…

What happened to the alt-right

Just two years ago possibly the most divisive and polarizing President in recent history was elected. It was pandemonium. The left-wing media was apoplectic. Anything related to Trump got thousands of retweets, comments, and likes. There was genuine fear by the left and some on…

Minimum wage

Barry Ritholtz rebukes minimum wage critics: What Minimum-Wage Foes Got Wrong About Seattle Much of the hand-wringing was based upon a deeply flawed University of Washington study. As we noted in 2017, the study’s fatal flaw was that its analysis excluded large multistate businesses with…

Housing can’t both be a good investment and be affordable?

This article from cityobservatory.org is going viral: Housing can’t both be a good investment and be affordable Well, in order for your home to offer you a real profit, its price would need to increase faster than the rate of inflation. Let’s pick something decent,…

Trump and the 14th Amendment

In theory, Congress can override the 14th Amendment, but the odds are slim: In simple odds, the chance of any constitutional amendment being repealed would be roughly the same as a person living to 80 years old being struck by lightning during their lifetime, according…