Most research on the economics of discrimination focuses on race and gender, but Becker’s framework works equally well for political bigotry.
A brigade of pearl-clutching, virtue-signaling, cancel-culture keyboard warriors wants you to know that Cuties (Mignonnes — it’s actually a French film) is a bad, bad movie that no one should watch and that Netflix should immediately remove from its lineup.
As my dear friend Donald J. Boudreaux says, you can’t unjustly appropriate something that didn’t belong to anyone in the first place. No one owns a culture.
Political divisions in the USA now appear to have taken an unusually rigid form. There are two large blocs, the pro-Trumpers and the anti-Trumpers, who share little except each one’s hatred of the other. Trump’s policies, whatever they have been or failed to be, have relatively little to do with these divisions, which spring from a deeper source in the culture wars.
Episode 372 welcomes back Chris Jenkins to chat with Skyler on the following topics: learning Spanish; culture shock moments in Chicago for Skyler and Philadelphia for Chris; gringos con latinas (white boys with hispanic wives); Mises Institute events; Monopoly on Violence documentary; Atlantic Council and it’s Utah connection in Jon Huntsman, Jr.; Richard Grove’s Autonomy course and 19 Essential Skills download; integrity; gratitude; culture of excellence; scarcity/abundance mindset; can-do attitude; delegation; adding/selling value; kids and household chores; and more.
Grievance-based politics is nothing new, nor does America’s political “left” enjoy a monopoly on it. For proof of that latter claim, one need look no further than the case of Nick Sandmann.
Episode 364 welcomes Tim Hall to the podcast for a chat with Skyler. Topics include: why they don’t know each other; shared group membership on Facebook; coronavirus response in South Korea, coronavirus response on his military base; Kim Jong Un situation in North Korea; his belief in self-determination and small governments; Constitutionalism; several military based subtopics, including: don’t ask, don’t tell, black lives matter moment, cancel culture, women and ballbusting, his Afghanistan tour; and more.
It’s a meme now to call any radical mind-changing moment or idea a “red pill,” hearkening back to the red pill which awakens Neo to the nature of his machine slavery in The Matrix. Everybody has their own version of the red pill, and their own idea of what is being revealed when it is taken. I think studying history – and particularly studying the history of thought – is one such red pill.
Episode 361 welcomes back Mish Ochu to chat with Skyler on the following topics: postmodernism as a heroic endeavor for libertarianism and science; the problem of scientism that results from political influences; the pros and cons of peer review; citizen science and citizen journalism; automation and micro-capitalism; crypto communities; gun culture in Nigeria and England; Prince Andrew and the indirect control of the media; the fourth estate as the propaganda arm of the state; and more.
The way to put checks on human interaction and incentivize respectful behavior is more liberty and a culture that promotes individualism.