Category Archives: Economics and the like

Greece and Democracy

I’ve been following the news from Greece with horrified fascination. A few quick thoughts: 1) I don’t think there’s any legitimate argument in favor of austerity anymore – even the IMF admits that austerity is incredibly harmful. 2) And yet, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines To Gut Obamacare, 6-3

From Chief Justice Roberts’ decision (pdf): In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined—”to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). … Continue reading

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Black Unemployment and the Minimum Wage

Summary: There is a lot of racism in the history of the US minimum wage – but the most important way that racism has been expressed is through exemptions to the minimum wage law which have kept workers of color … Continue reading

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I Disagree With People On Tumblr About Dr. Horrible And About The Minimum Wage

I disagree with people on Tumblr: Is Dr. Horrible A Sexist “Nice Guy” Narrative? I disagree with people on Tumblr part 2: Why We Should NOT Abolish The Minimum Wage

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Cartoon: Maternity Leave vs Profit

This seems like a good time to announce that I’m starting a Patreon to support my political cartoons. Please check it out (and tell me if you spot any typos!). This cartoon was a collaboration with my friend Becky Hawkins. … Continue reading

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Red Pills and Ants

Recent events at a blog that rhymes with Shmetal-Moptimized reminded me of the existence of sociobiology and of people who imagine that human beings – and ants and bonobos and every other species — are driven primarily by biological imperatives, … Continue reading

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Appeals Courts Issue Contrary Rulings On Affordable Care Act

An exciting day for ACA-watchers! This morning a three-judge panel from The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Obamacare’s federal subsidies to help people afford health insurance can be offered to people who buy their insurance … Continue reading

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Corporate Discrimination Against Sex Workers Threatens Everyone’s Freedom

Some headlines: • Chase Bank Is Shutting Down Porn Actors' Bank Accounts • Porn stars battle stigma with sex awareness amid bank account closures • Amazon is deleting sex workers' wish lists without warning • The Soapbox: How PayPal & … Continue reading

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Pelosi didn’t say Congress would have to vote for the ACA to know what’s in it

In another thread, Ron wrote: The ACA is one example, when even the then-Speaker of the House said that Congress would have to vote for it to find out what’s in it… Ron, regarding that Pelosi quote, here’s how Politico … Continue reading

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Two Reasons The American Action Forum’s New Minimum Wage Study Shouldn’t Convince Anyone

Fox News reports: A new report from the conservative-leaning American Action Forum, shared exclusively with FOXBusiness.com, shows hiking the minimum wage hurts hiring. The study looks at the 19 states that have minimum wages above the national rate of $7.25 … Continue reading

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