Feb 172016

I recently came across a quote attributed to Jon Stewart. Essentially, the quote said that it’s not mutually exclusive to support law enforcement officers and hold them to a high standard. This is similar to a principle that I find very compelling; namely, applying the same standard to people you support as you apply to people you don’t support. I think most people would agree to this in principle, but most would fail to actually adhere to it. In other words, this principle becomes very, very attenuated in reality, thanks to a well established subjective bias. Perhaps the most obvious manifestation of this comes about from political ideology. Find me […]

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Sep 162015

I’m pretty interested in healthcare reform because it’s a hard problem and, being someone who likes to solve problems, I’m drawn to hard problems. It’s also such a damned divisive issue that it seems like it should be pretty easy to come up with a solution that’s better than what most politicians believe should be done. Some things to note before we get started. First, this is a really complex issue. If anyone came up with an optimal solution, it would be purely by luck. Anyone who claims they have┬áthe solution or confidently claims that their solution is better than another is full of shit. In other words, be wary […]

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Feb 202012

Someone recently pointed me to this┬áblog, and it spurred my to go ahead and write this one, which I had been delaying writing until I had more time. For those of you interested mostly in startups/entrepreneurship, you may want to skip the first part, since it’s mostly me prancing around on my high horse. Raising Taxes As it stands, there’s this continuous debate over raising taxes and cutting spending. Being fairly conservative (of the Libertarian type), one would guess that I’d probably be against raising taxes. Sadly, this is not the case at all. Even though I think cutting spending is the number one thing that should be done, I […]