Category Archives: Economics, social and commercial policy

By social policy, I generally mean transfer and tax policies for individuals and families, as well as various regulations that influence their economic decisions (or scope of functionings and sphere of political possibilities). Trade policy is trade policy, which will involve lots of game theory from political science for the international negotiation side of things. Classical structures from economic theory generally provide a good baseline that can be the basis of discussion of externalities and other market imperfections. Some more technical stuff might creep in here.

Lead Economist in the research department of the African Governance and Development Institute debunks for main anti-immigration arguments for EU

To start with, the fact that these four arguments against immigration can be easily debunked does not therefore imply that the debate is open and shut. The full article is here. 1) Loss of Christian values 2) Undermining liberal democratic … Continue reading

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The USA could build high speed rail between every city over a million, or buy 10,700 F35s per year, with the savings (!) from changing to universal public health care

Canada health care: 11% of GDP. USA health care: 17% of GDP. Canada average results: higher in almost all categories (data.worldbank.org is an easily accessible source on this for a variety of indicators). USA economy: $17.9 trillion. Potential annual savings … Continue reading

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Luring the working poor to vote against their interest, episode #21038740321 (2017 Canada budget)

“If you … take the bus … and when you get home you like to have a beer, well both of those things are going to cost you more” – Rona Ambrose, Party Leader, Conservative Party of Canada Putting billions … Continue reading

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Extremely concise statement on why it is good for the economy to spend taxpayer dollars on basic sciences research that will often not pay off, and when it does is generally a long time from now

According to MJ Boskin, former economic adviser on George HW Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers: Private markets invest too little in basic science,” he writes, “because private investors are unable to appropriate the returns. More at Project Syndicate At one … Continue reading

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Who wants me on my own side?

The completely fictional and imaginary situation is the following. Two groups are promoting the view that one or the other is the one that actually acts (more so) in MY interest. Group 1 suggests that to help myself (things that … Continue reading

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If you don’t support a policy, find a way to sabotage it. Societal saboteurs in action #8743

Laughing at a system with the stupidity to help those who need a bridge to the next opportunity instead of a boot to help them on the way to the ground … as your worse case scenario outcome … … … Continue reading

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This one can definitely be written off to conicidence

Hedge fund owner with IBM background, founder of Association for Computational Linguistics and which uses algorithms for trading on financial markets, is a major funder behind organizations which present mainstream media as “fake news” (or as they put it, “neutralising … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi compatibility with 20MHz to 20 GHz restriction

At high frequencies, electromagnetic waves do not pass readily through walls (until you get to super high frequencies, such as gamma ray), but are increasingly “ionizing”, which makes them more cancer-causing than lower frequencies, which leads to a need for … Continue reading

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Good reasons to get better advice: Ever heard of an Apple thing against Linux? Me neither

Better not be interested in Linux, or maybe Apple will come after you. But … wait a minute, that’s not very consistent with their court battles to not in any way whatsoever serve as an investigative arm of the state. … Continue reading

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Netflix CEO on entertainment in 20-50 years

Through Quartz, quoting Netflix CEO at the World Mobile Congress: “It’s tough to think about entertainment,” Hastings said, “when I’m not sure if we’re going to be entertaining you or entertaining AIs.”

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