At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
Another example of businesses constraining the market place to the detriment of employees.
Workers bound by noncompetes cannot rely on outside offers and free-market competition to fairly value their talents.
Smart leaders treat departing employees as alums, rather than sour exes in a divorce.
Companies with little turnover risk becoming stagnant and myopic. In fact, relying on noncompetes rather than active recruitment and retention creates a market for lemons — a business will end up with employees who stay despite their unhappiness.
Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do the Same https://nyti.ms/2pK1zGU
We make this point all the time. It’s what’s essentially wrong with the arguments that come from Thomas Friedman and the World is Flat crowd.
Education does not work for everyone and it can’t be our only solution to inequality.
Some people just can’t be educated out of their circumstances. Humanity is beset with a capability gap which only evolution can undue. We need better solutions if we’re going to make the world a more equitable and just place.
If we really want to address issues of inequality and economic insecurity, there are a lot of other policies that we have to pursue besides or at least in addition to education policies, and that part of the debate has been totally lost. Raising the minimum wage, or providing a guaranteed income, which the last time we talked seriously about that was in the late 1960’s, increasing workers’ bargaining power, making tax policies more progressive—things like that are going to be much more effective at addressing inequality and economic security than education policies.
So we have this strange situation where we’re trying to address educational inequality while economic inequality is expanding in ways that make educational inequality even worse.
Trump’s greatest success so far is exploding three persistent political myths.
1. Politics is easy and politicians are lazy fat cats.
2. Outsiders will clean up politics and run the system better than insiders.
3. Government should be run like a biz.
Conservatives get it too. We are going about this healthcare thing in entirely the wrong manner.
Getting employers out of healthcare and building a single payer system based on outcomes not quantity of service provided is our best hope.
Former Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley on the value of bipartisan cooperation, fair taxes, and putting general interest before special interest.
The staff was mostly too young to remember the details of the 1986 tax reform, but Bill’s retelling certainly aligns with our worldview. That is that politicians can sometimes get it right, cooperation beats polarization any day, and that taxes which advantage one group over another ultimately harm us all.
When Congress Made Taxes Fairer https://nyti.ms/2qjfsK8
Monopolization is killing Silicon Valley. It’s time to break up some of the big guys and jump start some innovation.
Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.