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Uber Upstarts: Technological
Progress and Its Discontents

American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen

Original Article

Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/18/2014 10:37:16 AM

“You working the whole day?” I asked my UberX driver en route to San Francisco International Airport, trying to make small talk. “Well, I’m driving for a few hours,” he responded, “but then I’m meeting my direct reports to polish off some time-sensitive projects.” In my experience riding in the cars-for-hire of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, my driver’s moonlighting — in this case, daylighting — has been typical. My drivers over the past six months have included men and women pursuing their own careers as consultants, software engineers, students, and used-car salesmen, yet

      


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Uber Upstarts: Technological
Progress and Its Discontents
American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/18/2014 10:37:16 AM     Post Reply
“You working the whole day?” I asked my UberX driver en route to San Francisco International Airport, trying to make small talk. “Well, I’m driving for a few hours,” he responded, “but then I’m meeting my direct reports to polish off some time-sensitive projects.” In my experience riding in the cars-for-hire of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, my driver’s moonlighting — in this case, daylighting — has been typical. My drivers over the past six months have included men and women pursuing their own careers as consultants, software engineers, students, and used-car salesmen, yet

   

 

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The Most Important of
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American Magazine, by Joseph Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/16/2014 9:39:40 AM     Post Reply
“Sports,” said Larry King, in a formulation I much like, “is the most important of unimportant things.” During the last few weeks, however, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows of doubt. Sports have been turning up on the front pages of newspapers, usually above the fold, often being among the leading items on national television newscasts. Circuses before bread has been the order of the day. America’s participation in the World Cup soccer championship garnered a vast amount of press and popular interest. Had the U.S. soccer team gone

Fixing the Child Care Penalty
American Magazine, by Alan D. Viard    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/14/2014 9:44:38 AM     Post Reply
Earlier this week, five senators, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), introduced S. 2565, the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act. The bill would take a big step towards neutral tax treatment of working single parents and two-earner couples by expanding the child care credit. Under basic tax policy principles, workers should be allowed to deduct the expenses of earning the income on which they are taxed. Child care meets the economic definition of a work-related expense — parents are less likely to work when child care becomes

2014 Midterms: Another
Six-Year Senate Sweep?
American Magazine, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/11/2014 12:17:08 PM     Post Reply
The conventional political wisdom is that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office. Presidential coattails swept in a certain number of senators of their own party in their first election, and when those senators come up for reelection six years later — in a time when typically dissatisfaction with the president has grown — some of them are swept out of office. This theory gets superficial confirmation when you look at Senate elections in presidents’ sixth year in office. George W. Bush’s party lost its majority in the Senate in his sixth

Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace
American Magazine, by Alan W. Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/9/2014 10:34:59 AM     Post Reply
If Americans have learned anything from their well-intentioned, costly efforts in the unforgiving lands of Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that democratic elections do not ensure freedom. Nor do democratic elections necessarily promote stability, as the post-Arab Spring chaos reminds us. But a new Fraser Institute study helps quantify how building up free-market institutions and promoting economic freedom can strengthen societies by increasing social trust and reducing the risk of war. Starting from the premise that “adequate finance is a key ingredient for organizing violence against a state,” Indra de Soysa and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati

Piketty´s Political Hunch
American Magazine, by George L. Priest    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/7/2014 10:38:35 AM     Post Reply
Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century has reached the New York Times’ bestseller list for the past 10 weeks — it was first in nonfiction shortly ago and near the top for the last few weeks. For an academic book consisting mostly of statistics, this is remarkable, though, having read it, I think it is likely to chiefly end up sitting on many bookshelves perhaps briefly browsed but largely unread. Its market popularity undoubtedly derives from Piketty’s denunciation of what he claims to be the growing inequality in Western nations, especially in the United States. Piketty is an

   

 

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How the South Came to
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American Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/2/2014 11:06:04 AM     Post Reply
There’s an old saying in the South that “the South shall rise again.” And on July 2, 1964, 50 years ago, it began to do so. It has not stopped since. That day, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was sweeping, to put it mildly. It outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. It forbade the unequal application of voter registration requirements, such as literacy tests, and it banned racial segregation in schools, workplaces, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels, theaters, and restaurants.



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Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he believes Republicans can defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only if they pass immigration reform. “She’s the odds-on favorite right now,” McCain said of Clinton at the “Politics on Tap” event hosted by CNN and National Journal. “But I think we have a long list of people who could defeat Hillary Clinton.” McCain suggested New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich by name as potential Clinton vanquishers. “We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states

   

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