On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to send the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The party-line vote* reflected a studied rejection of wide-ranging calls for delay and/or rejection of the nomination from religious leaders, lawyers and friends of the nominee as well as editorial boards. The vote also reflected the tyranny of the minority that is today's Senate. The GOP holds a narrow majority, 51 seats, in the Senate. However, much like Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 with fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, the GOP Senate represents a minority of Americans. Political scientists have historically focused on the challenges of majority rule on democratic institutions. Tyranny of the majority means it is possible for a majority of those voting to place their interests above, or at the expense of, those in the…continue reading →
Less than an hour ago, 11:20 am Pacific, @resistbot asked me (via SMS) if I was registered to vote.* I do not usually interact with it, but this time, I replied "yes." That seemed innocuous. I thought the group might be looking for data about percentage of users who are registered. But no. They wanted ALL of my personally identifiable information: real first and last name, date of birth, mailing address. https://twitter.com/kegill/status/1047556806380142593 No where do they tell you anything about how they will use or manage your DOB. That's the kicker: date of birth. Yes, they need an address to put on a letter to Congress. And yes you have to have a lot of trust about how they treat that info. But DOB moves their data-gathering into a whole new realm. Remember when we were up in arms last year when Kansas politician Kris Kobach asked all 50 states…continue reading →
LIU econ professor Panos Mourdoukoutas thinks Amazon should replace public libraries to save taxpayers money. He's wrong, and his essay is poorly reasoned and an embarrassment to economists everywhere.