Meanwhile, Our Children Continue Their Undaunted Assault on Mammon…

I have a piece up at the Atlantic called “What’s Really Behind the Ever-Rising Cost of Raising a Child in America“. You should go read (and comment) there. To summarize: the cost of raising a child has increased substantially since 1960, but almost all of this increase is in areas such as education and health…

System Failure: What David Brooks Doesn’t Get About Meritocracy — And Why He Never Will

David Brooks’s latest, this one on the meritocracy, is a good example of how all the right questions and smart anaylsis in the world is not going to make up for a totally wrong premise — and how totally wrong premises are often the result of lazy, ideologically constrained thinking. Here’s the premise: One of the…

Are Rubio and Ryan Serious About Inequality?

David Graham of The Atlantic has a good piece wondering whether we should take seriously the recent murmurs of GOP rebranding emanating from the Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio camps. The basis for the speculation is a Politico scoop in which off-the-record (this is Politico, after all) sources claim both men sincerely want their party to become more demographically…

Inequality, Freedom, and Dignity

Note: This post is a belated entry to our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. If you’re reading this blog, or blogging at it, chances are you’re doing okay financially. Chances are you’ve received or…

Government Enforced Inequality

By James Hanley Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. What, if anything, is wrong with inequality? From my perspective as a libertarian, inequality of wealth per se is…

The Positive Sum Outlook

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposiumhere. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. By Roger Parker Before we delve into the topic of inequality, I believe it will be fruitful to explore another fundamental difference…

Invitation: Ordinary Gentlemen’s Inequality Symposium

By James Hanley You (yes, you) are invited to submit a post for the Ordinary Gentlemen’s Inequality Symposium. The question to be addressed is: What, if anything, is wrong with inequality? Anyone may participate, including official League contributors, unofficial League commenters, those quiet readers who too rarely share their thoughts with the rest of us,…

OWS: Time to Grow Up

(Photo of “An empty Zuccotti Park” by @jimbradysp via Andrew Sullivan) Yesterday, Elias Isquith asked what should occupy Wall Street do next?  His own answer is that OWS should rally against “voter suppression.”  Doing so, Isquith notes, could be a step toward building a more extensive and longer lasting activist infrastructure. It would certainly put the movement…