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Randall Parker on Young Getting Parental Financial Help Into Their 30s.    Dan, Lots of illegal immigrants work on the books. They use fake or stolen Social Security numbers. Most kinds of businesses can't or won't pay cash. So their workers show up on the books. WCN, If everyone gets the same universal income and it is not reported as income on

Dan on Young Getting Parental Financial Help Into Their 30s.    "On the question of what to do with the growing lower class, what do you think of universal basic income? " That is a cosmically foolish idea that demonstrates how libertarians will be the death of civilization. There is nothing libertarian about handing people big chunks of money for nothing.

Dan on Young Getting Parental Financial Help Into Their 30s.    "Plus, it will cut out demand for illegal immigrant labor with little skills." Er, what? Isn't that labor off the books by definition? Isn't it possible that this type of labor could actually increase?

WCN on Young Getting Parental Financial Help Into Their 30s.    On the question of what to do with the growing lower class, what do you think of universal basic income? Even Libertarian-leaning thinkers such as Charles Murray have been proponents of some form of it.

Wolf-Dog on Young Getting Parental Financial Help Into Their 30s.    What to do about our growing lower class? The solution would become apparent the moment we notice (and acknowledge) that our annual foreign trade deficit is of the same magnitude as the annual rate at which the lower class is becoming poorer and larger. Turn the foreign trade deficit into

Black Death on Warren Buffett On Brutal Truth About Poor.    I think Buffett gets this one right. First he correctly states that education isn't the answer to poverty, contrary to the beliefs of starry-eyed liberals and the education bureaucracy, who believe that just spending more money on schools will make everything great. Then he favors a "carefully crafted" expansion of

Wolf-Dog on War Nerd Gary Brecher On Alawite Casualties, Motivation.    The author seems to suggest that the vast majority of the Sunnis don't fight very well. But his argument seems to focus only on the current generation of Muslim Arabs, and this might be due to the fact that they do not have a very entrenched military culture, as most

Black Death on Ross Douthat on Mike Huckabee, Anti-Reform Conservative.    RP - Agree that cutting the military, while a step in the right direction, won't be nearly enough. The age of eligibility for SS is already rising and will probably continue to do so (as I noted previously, if the age had been indexed to life expectancy from the beginning,

Randall Parker on Net Effects Of High Minimum Wages?.    Mercer, Family businesses: yes, I could see that. No need for parents to pay the kids the full minimum wage. But much bigger demand for welfare too. Black Death, $15 min in the most dysfunctional cities: Interesting question. Well, it'll have no impact on those who make their living illegally.

Randall Parker on Ross Douthat on Mike Huckabee, Anti-Reform Conservative.    Black Death, Agreed that DOD is going to take a big hit. But will old folks be able to protect what they are getting once the crunch time comes? Cutting DOD in half won't do enough. I'm expecting an acceleration in the rising age for eligibility for Social Security. Age

Black Death on Net Effects Of High Minimum Wages?.    What would be the effect of a $15 minimum wage in cities such as Baltimore or Detroit?

Forte School on Why People Deny The Advantages Of More Money.    This types of digital informative blogs are my favorite.You did great job and i appreciate your efforts.I want to say,thanks for this informative Blog post.

painlord2k on The Battle Of The Womb In The Middle East.    The OP is lacking in considering the falling of the birth rates in all MENA. Yes, they are higher than in Europe and the US, but they are falling like stones. http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&ctype=l&met_y=sh_mmr_risk#!ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=region:MEA&idim=country:IRN:EGY:IRQ:DZA:ISR:JOR:LBN:LBY:MAR:QAT:SAU:SYR:TUN:WBG:YEM&ifdim=region&tdim=true&hl=en_US&dl=en_US&ind=false The question is "How they will adapt when oil will not be enough to pay for their food

Mercer on Net Effects Of High Minimum Wages?.    It could boost automation in the long run. I think the short run will see an increase in small family businesses. Immigration boosters frequently claim immigrants are more entrepreneurial then natives. This will be a test of how entrepreneurial are Mexican Americans.

Glengarry on How Many Political Leaders Are Blackmailed?.    I've always had a fondness for President Obama's mostly unexplored crack years at Columbia. Top asset, thought someone visionary, right there.

ds on Motives For False Rape Allegations.    A friend of mine who is an officer in a suburban police department once told me that in his experience, about 80% of rape allegations are false.

peter on Why People Deny The Advantages Of More Money.    evolutionary psychology. If the cost of successful reproduction increases, one must obviously value that which pays the cost. In some instances, the cost is non-monetary (or at least proximately non-monetary) fumigation

Jon on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    Note that the article mentions using 60% of the median income as the threshold, not the 60th percentile of the income distribution.

Toddy Cat on How Many Political Leaders Are Blackmailed?.    It's certainly possible. I remember Auberon Waugh implying back in the 1970's that PM Harold Wilson was being blackmailed by the Soviets. I'm still not sure if it was a joke or not, but he made a pretty good case. There is a whole lot of dark, obscure stuff in

Black Death on Ross Douthat on Mike Huckabee, Anti-Reform Conservative.    Agree. Crunch time is coming. It is worth noting that the old folks feel that thay have paid for the benefits they receive, although, on the average, they get back more than they paid in. The current Social Security tax is 12.4% of total income, evenly split between employer and

sh on Motives For False Rape Allegations.    That is just shockingly high. It's good to have this kind of information as a man, but also quite understandable given the figures (41% false!) that women would promote the standard line that women don't lie about rape. Scary.

Wolf-Dog on Upper Class NYC Glam-SAHMs: Glamorous Stay At Home Moms.    But capability is not everything: often, those very smart people who are also very ambitious and attracted to power, are absollutely ruthless. The hedge fund elite is probably not more intelligent than the top academic talent outside the financial industry, but the financial industry is where power is, and attraction

Jay on Labor Market Wants Technically Skilled And Few Heed The Call.    Steve Farron - "........A more important reason for the greater importance of the Verbal section is that it is a more accurate measure of General Intelligence (i.e., it is more g-loaded) than the Math section. To state that non-technically: the Verbal section is a more accurate measure than the Math

Abie Gefiltefish on The Battle Of The Womb In The Middle East.    The bigger problem for Israel is the Haredi birth rate. Not so much in their sheer numbers, but in the political power they wield in Israel's parliamentary system. Netanyahu couldn't form a ruling coalition without them and they vote as a block. He has been forced to back off on

Harold on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    Does "median income" include welfare benefits such as free food, medical care and housing? If it does not (and I believe it does not--at least not in the USA) then poverty-stricken people are not really "living in poverty" any more that a trustafarian is "living in poverty" (because her earnings

Wolf-Dog on The Battle Of The Womb In The Middle East.    The ultra-Orthodox Jews are sometimes called "Haredi", and in Israel they are only 10 % of the population. As you can see, their growth rate is twice that of Arabs inside Israel, but they are only 10 %. And this does not take into account the high birth rate in

bob sykes on The Battle Of The Womb In The Middle East.    Some knowledgeable Israeli's deny the Muslim birth rate is higher than the Jewish rate. They claim the PLO data are bogus and entirely politicized. Mostly they cite the very high Orthodox rate. The Orthodox are probably a majority of all Jews in Israel, and increasing.

mical3211 on Why People Deny The Advantages Of More Money.    Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving

Rev. Right on With 36.8% Of Vote Tories Got Over Half Of Parliament Seats.    "How thrilling to marginalize and delegitimatize your enemy." Ask the Tea Party how it feels from the other end.

Rev. Right on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    Even easier, just change the definition of child poverty from children living in homes making less than 60% of median income to say, less than 20% of median income. Voila, problem solved.

Black Death on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    It may be outside the Overton Window, but marriage is an effective antipoverty program (poverty rates in the US are 3-6 times higher among single mother families than married families, regardless of race). Also, single mother householda make up about half of all the households in poverty.

Andy60 on What Inner City Lower Class Really Like.    Great link to City Journal, same content also in Kendrick Lamar's inside view from black neighbourhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ98Io4W3po

Wolf-Dog on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    Errata: Since the foreign trade deficit has dramatically increased during the last decade, this time the government deficit spending that I described above, has to be even greater than before, since foreign trade deficit destroys local jobs and also subtracts from the profits of many corporations. For this reason, this

Peter on Labor Market Wants Technically Skilled And Few Heed The Call.    @Randall Isn't STEM considered beta? Isn't that why few are going into STEM?

Wolf-Dog on How To Eliminate Child Poverty.    Discouraging the poorer classes from having children would interfere with the current form of capitalism and financial system that we have in the US: If the population goes down, then consumption also goes down, which would in turn diminish corporate profits. This is why capitalist elites are quietly allowing the

Bob on Labor Market Wants Technically Skilled And Few Heed The Call.    Jay, Most legal work consists of tedious paper work and poring over documents. It's not like exciting courtroom TV dramas. Most lawyers aren't litigators, and most litigators spend most of their time poring over documents and doing paper work. Most work in finance and investment banking involves staring at computer

Stephen on With 36.8% Of Vote Tories Got Over Half Of Parliament Seats.    Wolfdog said: Since the GDP of UK ($2.9 trillion) is 6 times smaller than that of the US ($17 trillion), the magnitude of the British trade deficit against Germany as a percentage of its GDP is comparable to that of the US and China ($315 billion), which is approximately 1.7

Jay on Labor Market Wants Technically Skilled And Few Heed The Call.    @Wolf-dog. I never said motivation is enough. I said you have to have a minimum level of above average intelligence, and the rest is motivation. Many, perhaps most, highly intelligent people simply aren't motivated to endure the drudgery, or the meaninglessness, of STEM. Lets say coding camps attracts people of

Dave on With 36.8% Of Vote Tories Got Over Half Of Parliament Seats.    Its not necessarily shy Tories. The Pollsters are more likely to get in contact with Labour supporters as the Conservatives are more likely to be small business owners and have less time. Of course the pollsters would claim to weight these factors, whatever.. We had some TV 'debates' before the

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