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“Inquirer editorial: How to fix the primaries” Two states, California and Washington, have gone further, instituting “top two” primaries for non-presidential elections. All candidates compete in a single preliminary election, from which the two most popular proceed to the general, even if they’re both Democrats, Republicans, … Continue reading ?

“A Potential Gift to Politicians, from the Justices”

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle for the NLJ on McDonnell. … Continue reading ?

Think all the political excitement in Brazil is at the national level? Think again.

    In April, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff (Workers’ Party, PT) halfway through her second term, by a final tally of 367 to 137. There’s more to this story than the final tally. Media coverage has focused largely on the spectacle of the session, whether the process is legitimate, […]

Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity?

One day late for May Day. About half the world’s soccer balls are made in one city in Pakistan, Sialkot. So what happens if you invent a better ball design and offer it freely to all factories? we gave out … Continue reading ? The post Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Black lives matter, economic history edition

I use the individual-level records from my own family in rural Mississippi to estimate the agricultural productivity of African Americans in manual cotton picking nearly a century after Emancipation, 1952-1965. That is from Trevon Logan’s...Show More Summary

A surprising number of Americans dislike how messy democracy is. They like Trump.

Donald Trump’s candidacy – or more to the point, his substantial and sustained public support — has surprised almost every observer of American politics. Social scientists and pundits note that Trump appeals to populists, nativists,Show More Summary

Guru–the most important free market movie ever made?

Guru, a 2007 movie from India starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai and directed by Mani Ratnam, is one of the most pro-free market movies ever made and perhaps the best. Guru follows Gurukant “Guru” Desai from his small village...Show More Summary

The heroes of Jaron Lanier

There are many, but they include: J.M. Keynes,  he was the first person to think about how to really manage an information system. E.M. Forster for The Machine Stops, written in 1907, which foresees our error with a very critical eye. Show More Summary

The Malthusian cultural world has arrived

For music, at least: The simultaneous advent of streaming music and the vinyl renaissance has led to some very interesting recording industry statistics over the past few months. Last month, the RIAA reported that vinyl revenues outpaced sales from streaming services, despite actual streams vastly outnumbering physical vinyl sold. Show More Summary

“Scalia’s death affecting next term, too? Pace of accepted cases at Supreme Court slows.”

Bob Barnes for WaPo: The number of cases the justices have accepted has fallen, meaning that a docket that in recent years has been smaller than what is traditional is shrinking still. The court has accepted only six cases since … Continue reading ?

“Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races”

Monday’s must-read just posted at the NY Times: As the general election nears — in which new or strengthened voter ID laws will be in place in Texas and 14 other states for the first time in a presidential election … Continue readin...

“Amicus: This Is Not Corruption”

Dahlia Lithwick talks to Nancy Gertner on the McDonnell case. … Continue reading ?

“Voting Gets Harder in Kansas”

NYT editorial: Excited to participate in the presidential election, more than 22,000 people in Kansas applied to register to vote in a three-week period in February just days before the state presidential caucuses. It was a reassuring display of democracy … Continue reading ?

“At age 92, Judge Manuel Real is still abusing his power”

Alison Frankel for Reuters: The 9th Circuit opinion shows that age has not mellowed Judge Real, who was born in 1924 and appointed to the bench in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. For much of his long career, the judge … Continue reading ?

“Accidental Republican candor about voter-ID laws”

Steve Benen: But DeMint then turned to voter-ID laws. “[I]t’s something we’re working on all over the country because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates,” … Continue reading ?

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