Is There a Way to Broadcast Ideology Without it Colouring Opinion?

There was a good article in the New York Times this past weekend from a professor of economics at Harvard, N. Greg Mankiw. He talked about how when economist give advice on policies, they’re also giving advice as political philosophers. While this should come as no surprise to anyone, I think it’s good that it’s […]

Updates to Papers & Series

I noticed that I’d been getting some more traffic than usual to my about page, so I thought I’d read it and see what it says (it had been a while since I’d seen it). Upon reading it, I realized that it needed some updating… so I’ve gone ahead and done that. I’ve tried to […]

Applying the Broken Windows Theory to Domestic Violence and Gangs

In my Public Administration class the other day, we were reviewing a case that played a role in the lead up to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passing in 1994. Reading about a man killing a woman when he was supposed to be in jail is heartbreaking. The case leads us to believe that […]

Complementary and Preventive Medicine: Healthcare & American Public Policy, Part 5

Part 1: Economics Part 2: Campaign Finance & Elections Part 3: Education Part 4: Food On March 23, 2010, you may have seen many Facebook profiles switch over to the picture on the right. This is a picture of President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Most of the people […]

New Zealand Grows No GMOs: Food & American Public Policy, Part 4

Part 1: Economics Part 2: Campaign Finance & Elections Part 3: Education The US recently unveiled their new version of the food pyramid and have called it: Choose My Plate. I think this food plate is much better than the pyramid, but I won’t get into that in this post. I’ll talk about my opinion […]

A Shift Towards Waldorf & Montessori: Education & American Public Policy, Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I spoke about American public policy in the context of economics. Specifically, I tied in the concept of altruism and showed how given the opportunity, people are more likely to take money from a complete stranger than give money to a complete stranger. In Part 2 of this series, […]

Integrity, Please: Campaign Finance and Elections & American Public Policy, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about public policy in America as it relates to economics. As I said quite clearly in the 1000 words or so, it’s difficult to surmise such a vast topic in such a short space, but I think I made an important connection between altruism and economic policy. […]

Altruism, To Give or To Take: Economics & American Public Policy, Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I wanted to do a series of posts on American Public Policy. This first post will be about America’s economic policy. As a disclaimer, I should say, economics can be a very academic field, in that there are hundreds of programs around the world that offer doctoral […]