To Explain is not to Excuse

Scott Alexander recently posted his thoughts on the merits of social shaming of explainable sociopsychological phenomena. Beginning his discourse with the new hyperprogressive idea that "lazy-shaming" should be ended, Alexander counters that I imagine [an anti-Lazy shamer] believing he has a fundamental value difference with people who use the term “lazy”. They think that some … Continue reading To Explain is not to Excuse

Pareto Efficiency and Racial Inequality – a speculative analysis

Has racial sociocultural standing reached a sort of Pareto Frontier in American society? Let's explain the concept: what does this Pareto thing mean, anyway? A Pareto-efficient situation is a state in an economy in which there is essentially no free room to maneuver. It is a state in which a gain in any one area — say, … Continue reading Pareto Efficiency and Racial Inequality – a speculative analysis

Panama Papers and The Unequal Factors of Production (Old)

In case you’ve managed to miss it (which is possible, considering the vulgar paucity of coverage it has received in the US), the biggest global news story in a long time broke less than two days ago. How big is it, you might ask? So big that at least one head of government has already … Continue reading Panama Papers and The Unequal Factors of Production (Old)

Free Trade – the American Past and Future

Aside from human decency, several minorities, and general faith in the American political system, one of the lesser-lamented victims of the post-2016 turn in American politics was Free Trade. Strangely, from it being one of few things that most American politicians agreed upon in 2012, free trade has fallen to the wayside as a cornerstone … Continue reading Free Trade – the American Past and Future