Economics

Unions

Monday, 19th August 2019

I’ve thought that unions are overall a good thing since I was able to earn a paycheck. When I first became department chair, I recall going on a retreat with other new chairs from across… Continue reading…

Politics

Some thoughts on the US midterms

Thursday, 1st November 2018

On next week’s US midterm election:   1. Advance polls are meaningless. Remember two years ago. Everyone has an advanced poll, and will claim accuracy after the fact depending on what happens. Yes, there is… Continue reading…

Ethics, Politics

Against Character

Friday, 28th September 2018

A truism of political morality is that we should take character seriously. This is, perhaps, more of a truism on the right than the left, but it would be rare to find someone who would… Continue reading…

Politics

“Irrational” voting?

Wednesday, 29th August 2018

NYT coverage of the primary elections in Florida and Arizona. It’s been noted before, but there’s a subtle (sometimes not so subtle) slant to their political reporting. Exhibit A:

“Mr. Gillum edged out Ms…. Continue reading…

Education, Humanities, Universities

More Humanities and More Crisis

Friday, 24th August 2018

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/08/the-humanities-face-a-crisisof-confidence/567565/?elqTrackId=77ba533c40224dee9d37c6f1ac6346d5&elq=da89f6bd4547464281a76e3e9e730bd9&elqaid=20251&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=9482

A report in the Atlantic tracks the decline of the humanities since the financial crisis of 2008. The decline is both in the number of students in classes and the number of majors…. Continue reading…