Vaguely interesting 150422

1.  From 1990 to 2013, adjusting for inflation, the median earnings of male workers without a high school diploma fell 20%, while for those with advanced degrees it rose 13%.

2.  From 2011 to 2014, Baltimore paid out $5.7 million to victims of police brutality.

3.  Are older Americans turning against redistribution to the poor to protect redistribution to the old?

4.  In the U.S., the word “populist” is lost in (issue) space. It can describe people who are in favor of civil rights for gays and immigrants as well as the segregationist George Wallace, both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, and—yeah, sure, why not?—libertarians. For what it’s worth, people with lower socioeconomic status typically combine economic liberalism and discriminatory conservatism.

5.  For example, the 19th-century Populist Party was pro-farmer, pro-laborer, anti-bank, and anti-immigrant.

One thought on “Vaguely interesting 150422”

  1. Wow, it’s a terrible time in history to be a populist. Mainstream politics offers nothing . On the right, a defense of the most arcane and difficult to grasp free market theory. On the left, a defense of the most arcane and difficult to grasp identity politics.

    The most cutting-edge style of libertarian would be the least populist person around.

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