In this Tuesday’s issue of The New York Times there was a piece on the pressure on companies to stop sourcing their cotton from forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province. The problem is that Xinjiang cotton accounts for nearly 20% of the world’s supply.
“Supply chains are long and opaque, and the journey from field to shelf involves cotton gins, mills, weaving or knitting, dyeing and finishing — all steps that may take place in different parts of China, or different countries,” said Leonie Barrie, an apparel analyst at GlobalData, a consulting company in London. …
A couple of weeks back I was having a (delicious) dinner at my girlfriend’s house, and while talking to her dad about my previous column on the minimum wage, the national debt came up. While sympathetic to the idea of “making work pay,” he felt that the wage subsidies would unfairly increase taxes on everyone else.
I retorted, “Well, minimum wage basically does the same thing. Regardless the policy would probably be paid for by government borrowing anyways.”
“Well I don’t think we should be doing that either, the government has to stop spending more than it takes in or…
This article was originally published in George Mason University’s student newspaper, The Fourth Estate.
A couple of weeks back, my friend and classmate Alex Madajian wrote a column discussing what he sees as our fruitless efforts to regulate and tax the wealthy. According to Alex, all of our efforts to reign in mega-firms only results in an unholy alliance between government and industry.
Alex offered the traditional market-oriented prescription:
“Even if we expand the government to punish the corrupt rich, they will only use their clout to create a climate which prohibits growth of their competitors. So why not subject…
It’s time to build back better.
Afforded unified government for the first time since 2009, Democrats must do what they couldn’t during the Obama years: Secure what Senator Elizabeth Warren dubbed “big structural change.” This project entails massive domestic investment and redistribution.
This op-ed originally appeared in GMU’s student newspaper, The Fourth Estate: http://gmufourthestate.com/2021/01/13/contributor-the-consequences-of-politics-without-power/
It is reposted here with a few minor style changes.
“Impotence” is the word that best captures the scene at the Capitol on January 6. Capitol Police fumbled and failed to stop insurgents from raiding the seat of the world’s oldest democracy. The legislators inside were helpless as many of their feeble, decrepit bodies were groped by their security details through the tunnels of the Capitol compound, away from the intruders who could have harmed them. …
Lessons for Liberals from the 2020 Election
“IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME that everyone has a place in this country . . . that anyone who’s willing to work hard can live here and feel like they belong” — those were the words of Abigail, a voter who I had the pleasure of interviewing weekly over the closing months of the 2020 presidential race. A lifelong Republican, Abigail voted for Trump in 2016 but had admitted to me that she felt regret. She managed a business in a wealthy, cosmopolitan suburb outside of Washington D.C.; she admired diversity, professed support for…
This was originally published in George Mason University’s student newspaper, The Fourth Estate.
Last week, my friend Alex Madajian, a thoughtful staff writer for Fourth Estate, wrote a piece on how Democrats expanding the Supreme Court would be the very kind of norm violation that they’ve accused Trump of engaging in for the past four years. According to Alex, such a transgression would only result in escalation and “the invalidation of our third branch.” I argue that the threat of court packing is the only way to avoid that very outcome.
For decades, Congress has sought to avoid the…
IN HIS LATEST BOOK, Ezra Klein offers a systems-based account of the contemporary polarization in American Politics. In summarizing a wealth of literature on American history, politics, and behavioral psychology, he arrives at three core conclusions:
A) Polarization is the result of a complex regime of incentives and institutions, not individual actors.
B) Electoral design has made this polarization asymmetric, with the GOP becoming more homogenous and radical.
C) Polarization is “rational” under the regime; our most practical course from here is to reform systems to accommodate it.
These conclusions are uncontroversial on their face, but in taking a systems-based…
Chronicling India’s Fractious Development and Uncertain Future
THE INDIAN subcontinent was home to one of the very first planned societies. Archaeological excavations of Mohenjodaro reveal a sophisticated and socially organized society along the Indus River Valley. In its organized city layout, uniformity of weights and seals, and advanced plumbing system, we find evidence of urban planning and a strong central government. This civilization, among the most advanced in ancient society, has receded into history. The Harrapan’s links to modern-day Indians are obfuscated by the archaeological record and fog of history, although emerging genetic research is promising. Modern Indians (even that…
Patriotism and Old Glory amidst a National Unrest
A FRIEND of mine told me a little personal anecdote with the rare quality of being both cloyingly emblematic and very funny in a specific, depraved way.
HER NEIGHBOR, who had served in the military, had decided some weeks back that he was going to perform a Flag Raising ceremony every morning, in his front yard, in full uniform, for the cul-de-sac. It was something to bring the neighborhood together (not too close though) and lift everyone’s spirits during the lockdown. He started this ritual shortly before George Floyd was tragically murdered…
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