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  • The Nonsense Written About Money in Politics

    April 15, 2016

    David Burress

    Here is Dave Helling, in a recent piece in the Kansas City Star summarizing a string of anecdotes: “Big money doesn’t always guarantee victory, it turns out.” No one ever said it did. Quite literally. I googled “money always guarantees victory” and got–guess what–absolutely zero hits. If you know much about googling, zero hits on a ...

  • Voting as a Duty (and Public Good)

    April 12, 2016

    David Burress

    They say voting is a “privilege.” That is selfish rugged individualist antigovernment hogwash. Voting is a duty. What is a privilege is living in country where people like you get to vote, and do vote. You can enjoy that privilege without voting, but if you don’t vote you are being a free rider on people ...

  • Free trade II: Propaganda

    April 12, 2016

    David Burress

    Here is Jonah Goldberg from a recent editorial:   “Free trade is good for most American workers and all American consumers, not just the “1 percent.” Indeed, it is largely thanks to trade that the average American worker is in the top 1 percent of earners in the world.”   So many propaganda tricks in a single sentence. 1. The ...

  • Free trade I: theory

    April 12, 2016

    David Burress

    I’m no specialist on the topic, but here is my rough understanding of international trade theory. 1. Free trade in goods nearly always increases total world output in the short run. 2. An individual country usually, but not always, increases its own output in the short run when it opens up free trade in goods. This is the ...