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  • Against Targeting

    June 8, 2017

    David Burress

    Means-tested welfare programs are “efficient” in the narrow sense that they cost less up front than general entitlements. However they are always penurious, are extremely expensive to administer, as administered are privately grossly demeaning to their clients, and are publicly stigmatizing. Even more importantly, politically they cannot stand up over time to the demonization of ...

  • Gun Wrongs

    June 5, 2017

    David Burress

    Last Thursday for the first time in the 21st century the Kansas legislature showed a tiny glimmering of common sense on gun control. They agreed to outlaw guns in hospitals and insane asylums, without requiring an estimated $24M in security systems.   No such luck for universities. Costly security systems being utterly out of reach on a ...

  • A Message To Genetic Engineers

    June 5, 2017

    David Burress

    As such, the work you do is beautiful and admirable. GMOs may ultimately provide a large net positive benefit to humankind.   As applied, your outputs fully deserve the antagonism they receive in Europe and the third world. Here’s why.   1. In the first place, you (most of you at least) are in it for the money. For ...

  • Constitutional Amendment Is Archaic

    June 5, 2017

    David Burress

    On matters of real substance, the Constitution for all practical purposes is no longer subject to amendment. (Any amendment can be blocked by 14 states that total as little as 4.4% of the population.) We sometimes have to work around that fact if we want either to have a thorough-going democracy, or respond in a ...