Posts Tagged ‘inequality’

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

Book Review: Between The World And Me

Book Review: Between The World And Me

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality

Ta-Nahesi Coates wrote Between The World And Me as a personal intellectual and political history, and guide for his son, for thinking about race in the United States. The book also might seem to serve as an updated guide for the rest of us to make sense of the mess of race relations in the United States. We [&hellip

School Finance FrightMare in Houston

School Finance FrightMare in Houston

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

Voters living within the Houston ISD catchment area on November 8th face a “Scylla and Charybdis” vote – and it’s not Clinton vs. Trump – but rather equally terrible public school funding choices. What’s happening in Houston gives Texans everywhere an insight into a complex problem with no easy solutions, as Glen Read the general [&hellip