Rational Feed

Rationalist:

Melting Gold Or On Organizational Capacity by Raymond Arnold (LW 2.0) – “If you are not building organizational capacity, you are burning organizational capacity.” Organizations often run on the effort of a single person. But if that person burns our or moves on they cease to function. You have to train people.

Politics and Economics:

The Captured Economy by Zvi Moshowitz – Four issues: Financial regulation, zoning and land use restrictions, patent and copyright law, and occupational licensing. Criticism: too much focus on inequality as opposed to deadweight loss, topX vs bottomX arguments, not addressing the legitimate cases for the policies the book opposed.

Misc:

Preventing Respiratory Tract Infections by Sarah Constantin – Bottom Line summary of effective interventions. Big results: “Bacterial immuno-stimulants are safe and effective in preventing respiratory infections, cutting the risk of infection by 40-50%. Antiseptic mouthwash and oral care cut the risk of respiratory infection in elderly or ventilator-bound patients by 50-60%, and may also have effects on healthy adults.”

Podcast:

Entitlement Spending by EconTalk – “Cogan traces the evolution of government pensions beginning with Revolutionary War vets to the birth and evolution of the Social Security program. Surprises along the way include President Franklin Roosevelt as fiscal conservative and the hard-to-believe but true fact that there is still one person receiving monthly checks from the Civil War veterans pension program. The conversation concludes with Cogan’s concerns over the growing costs of financing social security payments to baby boomers.”

Paul Krugman by The Ezra Klein Show – “We talk taxes, net neutrality, universal basic incomes, job guarantees, antitrust, automation, productivity growth, health care, climate change, college costs, and more. Krugman explains why more information doesn’t make people better thinkers, the ‘kitchen test’ for assessing how much technological progress a society is really making, and what the role of policy analysis is when the policymakers don’t care about evidence.”

Author: deluks917

"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" I am trying to help animals and increase the odds of a good future. Stereotypical nerdy transgirl. Right now interested in crypto.

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