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Favorite Rejects 2022-05-30
Constitution of the USSR: "He who does not work, neither shall he eat." Modern American online "socialist": Why would I ever have to do a thing I do not enjoy doing?
Needless to say under socialism we’re not going to have *bourgeois* restaurants with their capitalist owners, table service, chefs, low wages and tip-dependent business model. The future is state-owned quick service.
Between McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway, Dominoes, and Starbucks all the culinary needs of a town or neighborhood can be met with a handful of standardized products that can be collectively owned and scientifically managed by the state.
Is this guy for real? Is this satire? Who even knows anymore. I do seriously believe that a society with abundant energy could (and should!) generate labor demand so robust that it’s basically uneconomical to operate full-service restaurants for a mainstream clientele.
Thinking about becoming a Fall of the Ming Dynasty Truther. Did 25 million people REALLY die, or did the central government just get worse at administering the census?
The craziest thing about the “don’t panic about monkeypox” takes is we all just lived through the transition from “don’t panic about the coronavirus” to “wanting kids to be in school is basically genocide” and it took at best three months.
Politics has become so thoroughly an exercise in owning the other side that the tactical use of reverse psychology by one party might allow it to get more of what it wants.
“Speed up and simplify the permitting process of renewable projects and associated infrastructure” is a worthwhile EU initiative that we should copy.
Ursula von der Leyen @vonderleyen
Wonder how labor's share of income would change if we simply made a law that institutionalized the process of asking for a raise.
Rent control is one of those policies that I think is not as harmful as the detractors claim, but also not helpful enough that it's worth spending political capital on. Just expand housing vouchers and build more housing.
Most economists don't support rent control for many reasons. New NBER paper: "to the extent that rent control is intended to transfer wealth from high-income to low-income households, the realized impact of the law was the opposite of its intention." https://t.co/EKrt0Tfutu
Steve Tadelis @steve_tadelis