The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

There's a lot of disagreement among Americans about whether we need more or fewer immigrants, and what types will be most helpful. What do economic analyses say on the subject, and about the RAISE act?

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Did Your Angry Tirade Work?

Did Your Angry Tirade Work?

Anger in politics is common. What is strange is that people defend getting angry as if it is a strategy, rather than an unfortunate product of our emotions getting involved. 

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Harvey is a Time to Put Politics Aside... Just for a Moment

Harvey is a Time to Put Politics Aside... Just for a Moment

Political animosity in the US is probably at an all-time high. This isn't news.

Sadly, what is newsworthy is the fact that people are not only politicizing the hurricane, but discouraging helping the victims of it for political reasons. Harvey is something for which we should put our political differences aside, if only for a moment.

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How Big and Powerful are the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis?

How Big and Powerful are the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis?

New polls and lots of new data after the Charlottesville attack can give us a real idea of the size and power of the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and Neo-Nazis. 

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WaPo's Attempt to Help Liberals Argue With Conservatives Mistakenly Reveals Why We Struggle to Get Agreement

WaPo's Attempt to Help Liberals Argue With Conservatives Mistakenly Reveals Why We Struggle to Get Agreement

On August 10th, Harvard Professor Max Kasy (economics) wrote a piece for the Washington Post, titled: "Liberals are terrible at arguing with conservatives. Here's how they can get better."

This is a noble effort and you should read it

However, there are a few key issues that Kasy gets wrong. Kasy outlines that liberal facts don't work on conservatives because conservatives care about process and liberals care about outcomes. The two big things that Kasy gets wrong reveal a deeper issue in his mind (and maybe those of people across the political spectrum) that will actually continue to prevent someone like Kasy from breaking through to conservatives. That said, this thinking can apply to both sides of the spectrum.

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