Parler – Okay Fine Let’s Do this

Recently, Parler, the conservative alternative to Twitter/Facebook, has been garnering a lot of media attention. I'm going to sign up and investigate the site which is purportedly a bastion of free speech in which there are few rules. Source: Parler.com After myriad compliants that Facebook was censoring conservative political speech, republicans and Trump supporters organized... Continue Reading →

Minneapolis Fed – Analysis on Monopoly

The MN Fed has issued a working paper recently concerning monopolies, which is an important topic in my opinion. The themes involved in the paper are relevant to the following topics: Monopolies and their effect on the economyHow monopolies develop and are protectedHow monopolies worsen economic inequality The board game Monopoly was actually called "The... Continue Reading →

The Minnesota Reformer

As many of you know, I have been writing for The Minnesota Reformer these last few months. I appreciate deeply those who follow my blog and I must admit that I have spent a far greater deal of energy on my Reformer writing than this blog. That said, for those of you who are interested... Continue Reading →

A Coronavirus Thought Experiment

There has been a baffling pushback to the measures that we have taken to combat the Coronavirus. The U.S. has a long track record of extreme individualism which in this case equates to "you can't tell me what to do". A mistrust of the government is one of the founding tenets of our constitution, so... Continue Reading →

The State of the Quarantine

I am not a health expert. I am an economic policy person. In cases where health care is concerned, I defer to experts. I am fortunate to live in a state with a world class health care system, which includes clinics, hospitals, and medical research facilities. The University of Minnesota Medical Research division wields a... Continue Reading →

Unemployment – Continued

As much as 17% of the workforce is unemployed, or around 22 million workers. For perspective, the unemployment high during the great recession was 10%. Here is a nifty chart from Forbes: So, are we faced with another long, slow recovery? Well, the fact that the figures are so huge and impact so rapid, it's... Continue Reading →

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