Both Amazon and Workers Win

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama will not be forming a union. The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon’s workers in Bessemer, Ala., were against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a stinging defeat of the union drive. The final tally showed […]

Who are the experts?

Ezra Klein recently had a piece on Covid-19 in the NYT, which pointed out that Alex Tabarrok has been ahead of the curve on many issues: [B]est as I can tell, Tabarrok has repeatedly been proved right, and ideas that sounded radical when he first […]

Some Covid Links

Here’s wisdom from my emeritus Nobel-laureate colleague Vernon Smith: Prominent in the pandemic episode are the control freaks, activated by crises, both real and exaggerated; they are at the center of the exaggeration–the “chicken Little’s” of this world. This phenomenon in human experience is so […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 112 of Virginia Postrel’s superb and still-relevant 1998 book, The Future and Its Enemies: By dispersing knowledge and control, a dynamic society takes advantage of the human quest to create and discover. Dynamism allows the world to be enriched through the […]

When (US) Corporate Tax Rates Reductions Last Bloomed

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, no enormous surge in capital investment appeared. From the conclusion to U.S. Investment Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, by Emanuel Kopp, Daniel Leigh, Susanna Mursula, and Suchanan Tambunlertchai. In the year following the passage […]

I LOVE State Farm

My home in coastal California is insured with State Farm, both for regular coverage and for earthquake coverage. Yesterday I received a post card in the mail from State Farm. The whole thing (almost) is worth quoting: When and where will wildfire protection services begin? […]

Why are economists losing prestige?

Ezra Klein sees the Biden administration as downgrading the role of economists: Biden has less trust in economists, and so does everyone else. Obama’s constant frustration was that politicians didn’t understand economics. Biden’s constant frustration is that economists don’t understand politics. Multiple economists, both inside […]

Covidocratic Tyranny

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post: Editor: Leana Wen’s defense of vaccine passports is propaganda that would bring glee to Goebbels (“Stop calling them ‘vaccine passports’,” April 10). After assuring us that “almost no one is proposing this [Israeli “Green Pass”] kind of national […]

Some Covid Links

David Henderson likes many, but not all, of the remarks made by my colleague Tyler Cowen in Tyler’s recent appearance on Russ Roberts’s EconTalk. A slice from David’s post (original emphasis): I don’t know if Jeff Tucker said exactly what Tyler said he said, but […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 5 of Alan Macfarlane’s vital 1978 book, The Origins of English Individualism: [A] central and basic feature of English social structure has for a long time been the stress on the rights and privileges of the individual as against the wider […]