Archive for the ‘Inequality’ Category

UBI - That Radical Right-Wing Idea?

UBI – That Radical Right-Wing Idea?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Taxes, Texas

Last week’s post — on a poverty eradication experiment in Africa of giving no-strings-attached cash — was a bit of a Trojan horse for this week: UBI is the idea of granting all adults a small amount of income, for life. UBI is having a moment right now. Finland launched an experiment in 2017 to address joblessness with [&hellip

Cash Rather Than Good Intentions

Cash Rather Than Good Intentions

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

Here’s a radical thesis about the best way to eliminate poverty: Give money. Don’t give stuff. Also, don’t give conditional money, either, expecting the recipient to do something you want them to do. I’m intrigued by an international charity called GiveDirectly which puts this radical thesis to the test. I understand this “just money, no [&hellip

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Book Review: Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

I judged this book by the arresting title Dark Age Ahead, and decided that – in my current frame of mind – I had to read it.1 Jane Jacobs wrote this is 2004, and the book has a bit of the feel of a time capsule – as her current events examples stem from 2001 to 2002. Jacobs’ strength [&hellip

The Link Between Health and Wealth

The Link Between Health and Wealth

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

My wife (a doctor) likes health, and I like money. In that sense, our marriage represents the intersection of two things everybody wants more of. The biggest predictor of good health and a long life is how wealthy you are. This is often true – with plenty of variation of course – at the individual [&hellip

College Finance - A Response

College Finance – A Response

By The History Teacher | Blog Posts, Inequality, Texas

Editor’s Note: The History Teacher sent his eldest daughter off to a private four-year college this Fall, so read my posts on college finance with particular interest, and decided to respond. As you can read, his views on their choices are also influenced by the recent election. Dear Michael: These thoughts were prompted by your [&hellip