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  • Hate Crimes

    August 19, 2016

    David Burress

    Nearly all hate crimes go unpunished in the US.  Victimization surveys show around 260,000 hate crimes per year. Under 6000, or 2%, get reported to the FBI. Of those many do not lead to convictions. Problems include absence of police enforcement, unwillingness to prosecute, and bad laws. Many hate crimes go uncharged because they lead to ...

  • Policy Complexity and Democracy

    August 18, 2016

    David Burress

    My previous post on health insurance monopolies tied together quite a number of relatively wonky points about Obamacare, single payer, libertarians, antitrust policy, Aetna malfeasance, and positions taken by President Obama and a few recent presidential candidates. You actually need to understand all those things and more to have a good handle on health insurance politics and ...

  • On the Impunity of Modern Monopolists

    August 18, 2016

    David Burress

    Aetna health insurance is using its monopoly power in a brazen attempt to leverage an even higher level of monopoly. In particular, they threatened Obama they’d pull out of most of Obamacare (leaving a big hole, since they are powerful oligopolists) unless the Administration allowed them to merge with Humana. But Obama didn’t, and so ...

  • Rule of Fixed Birth Preventions

    August 17, 2016

    David Burress

    Here is an important bit of social science on abortion reduction you may have vaguely intuited, but I’ll bet you never quite heard stated clearly. It doesn’t have a name, so I am going to call it the rule of fixed birth preventions. According to this rule, the number of abortions plus the number of ...