Sunday, September 15, 2019

Coal, and the Harlan County Coal Miners Who Blocked a Train Over Bankrupt Blackjewel’s Wage Theft

Perspectives on the Harlan County train block protest as direct action, issues with the protest camp, Kentucky politics, and a “just transition” from coal.

Links 9/15/19

How Money Can Turn Electoral Results Upside Down

The column uses data from French elections since 1993 to show that an increase in spending per voter has consistently increased a candidate’s vote share.

Links 9/14/19

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Dude! Where’s My Democracy?

People turn to authoritarian leaders not because they distrust democracy but because our system is fundamentally undemocratic.

Majority in US Back Free College Tuition and Student Debt Cancellation, New Poll Finds

Sanders’ and Warren’s supposedly wild eyed ideas of cancelling student debt and making college tuition free get a thumbs up in a new poll.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/13/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: The Democrat debates, with drinking games and Biden on record-players, impeachment, think tanks, Robeson County, jobless claims, consumer sentiment, retail sales, consumer price index, Boeing, Lenovo Yoga laptops, feelings

48 States to Investigate Google: Anti-Trust or Politicking?

The messy politics of the 48 state Google anti-trust investigation.

Links 9/13/19

The US Massively Underestimates the Trade War Blowback

US trade and economic sanctions not only have not delivered on their stated aims, but they’ve also had unwelcome side effects.

Modi’s Kashmir Power Grab Was Decades in the Making

Repeated constitutional attacks paved the way for the government to finally strip Kashmir of its rights.

Live Blog: Democrat Presidential Primary Debate #5 in Houston

All the candidates on one stage! Come on down!

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/12/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: China trade, Harris, Sanders, Axelrove on Trump, Hillary Clinton, 9/11, counterfeit gold bars, rail traffic, WeWork, Facebook, food wars, gas flaring, wind farms and landfills, ocean drilling, racism and origins of tech, fake meat, Daniel Johnston, spending less time on the phone

Kalecki, Minsky, and “Old Keynesianism” Vs. “New Keynesianism” on the Effect of Monetary Policy

Larry Summers, a barometer of leading edge conventional wisdom, questions Keynesianism as a distortion of Keynes and for its overconfidence in monetary policy.

Links 9/12/19