Gelinas on the MTA’s Woes

If you live in New York and think that the subways have been awful this year, it’s not just you: “The MTA’s Escalating Cost Crisis”: Nicole Gelinas (Manhattan Institute) As Gelinas explains, the MTA has grown its revenue both through increased volume/fares and through a more comprehensive tax-support structure. The former is evident to any […]

Levy on “Serfdom Shortcuts”

I’m a bit late here, but Jacob Levy has a must-read piece about the lesser-understood, right-wing dangers that FA Hayek worried about in The Road to Serfdom. “The Shortcut to Serfdom”: Jacob Levy (Niskanen Center) Like the book, Levy’s post jams more insight into a small amount of text than I thought possible. Hayek’s seminal […]

The Paths Ahead

The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with general manager David Griffin. While casual observers have long joked about Lebron running the front office, anyone actually paying attention knows that’s not the case. None of Griffin’s predecessors were able to assemble anywhere near as good a supporting cast around James. To be certain, a lot of […]

The OC: Revisited (Part 2)

(Ed. note: this is a random assortment of thoughts and observations from my second viewing of the hit Fox sitcom. Part 1 is here.) 1-The Cohens are insanely hot or cold on the whole “parenting” thing. They let Seth and Ryan go on whatever trips they want without providing any proof of where they’re going […]

Behind Enemy Lines: A Fan’s Story

There’s a new NBA Store commercial where we’re shown a first-person POV of a man walking around the Bay Area eliciting quizzical, hateful stares from passers-by. After walking through the Embarcadero, Baker Street, Ghirardelli Pier, an unspecified street with a trolley, and the Warriors training facility in Oakland (!!), the protagonist meets his Warriors-fan friends at a […]

How to Survive the Trump Presidency

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and […]