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Bad Math and Worse Policy Ideas on Equal Pay Day

Plus: closing the border is bad for U.S. "profits" and Jesse Singal on left-wing identitarianism.

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Today is "Equal Pay Day," which means wildly misleading information about workplace discrimination will be flowing in service of Democratic Party policy goals.

Last week, congressional Democrats introduced legislation to impose vast new federal power over employee pay. National Law Review has a good rundown here. The "Equal Pay Act" expands on failed Obama-era legislation known as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

State legislators are also on the case. "California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation — but there is still more work to do," said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. She's leading a campaign to "raise awareness of the gender pay gap as part of an effort to achieve pay equality for women," as CNBC puts it.

But the most striking thing to be "aware" of about the gender pay gap is that a huge array of data show it's driven by women's choices. "The gender gap shrinks to between 8 percent and 0 percent when the study incorporates such measures as work experience, career breaks and part-time work," as Baruch College economist June O'Neill has written.

"Women's choices" may be a bit of shorthand for what's really at play here—some preference on display, along with structural inequalities and differences (some quite biological and immutable, some more flexible) that lead to differences in employment situations, working hours, etc.

But what is certainly not at play is a simple matter of employer discrimination, or something that can be fixed by federal study groups, class action lawsuits, and mandates that companies must provide detailed justifications for employee pay scales to a centralized approval board.

People who oppose these sorts of interventions often get accused of sexism or (at best) indifference to "wage discrimination." But nobody is helped by pretending that increasingly bureaucratic wage regimes are the answer. Instead, it's on us to point out alternative soluttions—like getting rid of government barriers.

"The surest way to eliminate wage discrimination is to keep government from impeding the competitive process with such devices as occupational licensing, permits, minimum product standards, so-called intellectual property, zoning, and other land-use restrictions," writes Sheldon Richman.

All government barriers to self-employment — and these can take implicit forms, such as patents and raising the cost of living through inflation, or burdening entrepreneurs with protectionist regulation — make workers vulnerable to exploitation. Being able to tell a boss, "Take this job and shove it," because alternatives, including self-employment, are available, is an effective way to establish the true market value of one's labor in the marketplace. With the collapsing price of what Kevin Carson calls the "technologies of abundance" (think of information technology and digital machine tools), sophisticated small-scale enterprise — and the independence it represents — is more feasible than ever.

In case you need more ammunition in battling bad ideas today, check out these pieces from the Reason archives:


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Jesse Singal riffs on "left-wing identitarianism," a more virulent cousin of the often-just-fine "identity politics."

Left wing identitarianism "views the link between certain identities and marginalization as absolutely crucial to understanding America, and seeks to highlight it whatever possible," Singal writes.

So its adherents are uncomfortable when people from marginalized groups don't act marginalized. … Left-wing identitarians, again, have a strong bias toward essentialization. It seems to make them uncomfortable when members of marginalized groups aren't particularly interested in talking about their marginalization, or — I hope you're sitting down — don't feel entirely marginalized.

What does all of this have to do with Mayor Pete Buttigieg? Find out here.

FREE MARKETS

"I'll just close the border" with Mexico, President Donald Trump told reporters last week. 'With a deficit like we have with Mexico and have had for many years, closing the border will be a profit-making operation."

"Even by his 'Trade Is Bad' standards, President Donald Trump's threat to shut America's border with Mexico is a doozy," writes Eric Boehm.

Even if the United States were a single large corporation—a bad analogy for many reasons, but one Trump seems to be grasping towards—closing the border would not be a "profit-making" move, any more than a business would be making a profit by deciding not to buy or sell anything. That's actually a fine way to guarantee that you don't make a profit. … And that whole analogy is flawed, because the U.S. is not a single corporation and the president is not our CEO. Cutting off trade between the U.S. and Mexico would have enormous negative consequences for businesses on both sides of the border, because cross-border trade is the result of countless individual decisions dictated by market signals. It's not the United States that trades with Mexico and vice versa; individuals and businesses on both sides of the border trade with one another, seeking mutually beneficial deals.

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161 responses to “Bad Math and Worse Policy Ideas on Equal Pay Day

  1. The “Equal Pay Act” expands on failed Obama-era legislation known as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Ugh. Let’s just do UBI and get it over with.

    1. Hello.

      “Women’s choices” may be a bit of shorthand for what’s really at play here”

      It’s because patriarchy and Orange Man Bad. Duh.

      “…But what is certainly not at play is a simple matter of employer discrimination, or something that can be fixed by federal study groups, class action lawsuits, and mandates that companies must provide detailed justifications for employee pay scales to a centralized approval board.
      People who oppose these sorts of interventions often get accused of sexism or (at best) indifference to “wage discrimination…”

      That’s what social engineering is for as well as erecting social constructs.

      Reality must be revised and updated. Do you even progressive brah?

      1. The Left’s view is that the only choice a woman should have is to get an abortion. And if they choose wrongly they should be smeared as “breeders” and “climate change deniers”.

        1. So true, so true. The Left (all of them) killed the dog in John Wick too.

          1. The funny thing about killing babies is the same people who would have no problem murdering a baby just born would kill themselves trying to save a kitten from being killed.

            Ironies of life. Or is it contradictions?

            Whatever. The progressive left are evil fuckheads morally and intellectually. Yes, I said it.

            1. Coming in hot today Rufus, I love it

            2. I know. Did you ever read/see Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton? The left, masquerading as a virus from outer space, literally killed millions. The only ones immune to the Left’s evil deeds were a crying baby and an old drunk (a metaphor for conservatives). Once the Left reached libertarians (in the form of the ocean) it died.

              1. Hahahahaha, Eric… Hyperbole makes it funny.
                But seriously, the average modern progressive is an narcissistic, exploitative, amoral baby killer LARPing as a saint.

          2. Yes, Eric, ALL of them.

            It’s a belief system they adhere to–not an inborn genetic characteristic.

            If you say the you’re ‘on the left’ or ‘left leaning’ or identify with the left, then yes, you have accepted that you’re a leftist.

            Being a leftist is something you DO, it’s not something you ARE.

        2. Yes, the whole left is composed of radical feminist lesbians.

          1. It’s the zeitgeist, Zeb. Don’t try to mess with it.

          2. “left is composed of rad fems”
            It certainly seems that way.

    2. #yanggang #accelerationismworks

  2. “The gender gap shrinks to between 8 percent and 0 percent when the study incorporates such measures as work experience, career breaks and part-time work,” writes Baruch College economist June O’Neill.

    JUNE O’NEILL IS A MISOGYNIST.

    1. The whole point is that you’re not supposed to take work experience, career breaks, and part-time work into account. Controlling for those things is how the patriarchy maintains its hegemony and devalues women’s contributions.

      1. When women take time off to raise their kids, “it’s not fair” that they get penalized.

        I am sympathetic to the feeling. But there was an Ally McBeal episode on this 30 years ago and the debate hasn’t changed.

        1. When women take time off to raise their kids, “it’s not fair” that they get penalized.

          I have some female colleagues who actually believe that.

          1. And there you go – – –
            A quick review of history shows that there were more (and more deadly) wars after women got the vote.
            There were more (and more devastating) recession/depression events after women got the vote.
            Global climate warming change did not get started until after women got the vote.
            So it is clear that we need to revoke the franchise from women, and ban them from the workplace. At least then there won’t be a bunch of bogus ‘studies’ about pay disparity.

      2. It is more they want that women should not feel the need to do those things. There should not be any need to prioritize family over work or vice versa. Opportunity costs should not exist.

  3. Bitcoin prices are surging again.

    live footage of the surge

  4. No right to a “painless death,” says U.S. Supreme Court.

    iow, everyone must join twitter

    1. Great way to do ‘enhanced interrogation’ without getting into trouble; put the prisoner in a cell with displays for walls, and post a bazillion twitter feeds on each wall.

      “tell us what you know, and we will turn off twitter – – “

    2. Or as Slate put it’s: Gorsuch Votes For Torture

  5. Sen. Kamala Harris has already raised $12 million for her presidential candidacy.

    there are few things that depress me as much as when i occasionally have no choice but to think about all the money spent on politicking and what it could have otherwise be spent on.

    1. Why do you hate yard-sign manufacturers?

      1. Yesterday I saw one on the side of the road:

        Your Sign Here
        ### ### ####

    2. But isn’t this just another version of the Bernie-Tucker school of bitching that people aren’t spending their money the right way? I imagine most of the donations to Kamala were voluntary and sparked joy in those that donated to her.

      1. Sort of. The difference is that big chunks of this money are donated in order to facilitate rent seeking.

        1. yeah that money is spent directly on efforts to destroy my liberty. It’s depressing at times…

      2. it depresses me that people get joy from it, i suppose. and especially in such great numbers.

        1. I hear ya. But we can’t go through life obsessing over other people’s preferences. That way lies suffering.

          1. Fair

  6. University of Arizona police are charging two UA students with misdemeanors for protesting Custom and Border Patrol agents during an on campus presentation.

    Finally, disruptions are being dealt with. And it only took the disruptees having badges to make it happen.

    1. I will once again insist that they protest directly at the Border Patrol headquarters. It’s only 20 minutes or so away from campus.

  7. So its adherents are uncomfortable when people from marginalized groups don’t act marginalized.

    I’ll bet their not cool with “privileged” people acting privileged.

    1. What is a good word for judging people on the traits you think they should have?

    2. Its usually the privileged people that are telling minorities to more or less “stay in their lane” and talk only about oppression.

  8. ‘With a deficit like we have with Mexico and have had for many years, closing the border will be a profit-making operation.”

    1. make profits
    2. ….
    3. profit?

    1. more like:

      1. stop making profits
      2 …
      3 profit?

  9. Instead, it’s on us to point out alternative soluttions?like getting rid of government barriers.

    Do they not have husbands or fathers to explain these things to them?

  10. Sen. Kamala Harris has already raised $12 million for her presidential candidacy.

    Great news for my first choice in 2020. I’d donate, but I can’t afford to in this terrible Drumpf economy.

    1. What’s her position on Joe Biden’s wandering hands? Believe the survivors?

    2. You can sell your blood. No excuses, OBL.

      1. Plasma is the better one. You can sell it more often.

  11. Bitcoin prices are surging again.

    Hopefully the bitcoin mining servers have surge suppressors.

    1. i think the National Surge Association can handle that

  12. Sen. Kamala Harris has already raised $12 million for her presidential candidacy.

    Plus all that free prison labor.

  13. No right to a “painless death,” says U.S. Supreme Court.

    It’s like nobody has heard of carbon monoxide.

    1. Right? Asphyxiation with nitrogen would be far from painless. Going to sleep with carbon monoxide on the other hand would be painless.

      1. Inert-gas asphyxiation is painless. Bucklew even requested it as an alternative.

  14. “I’ll just close the border” with Mexico, President Donald Trump told reporters last week.

    So that only the undocumented are the ones coming across.

    1. Wait… closing the border is an option? Then why do we need a wall if all we need to do is just hang a “closed” sign at the border?

      1. You need enough nails across the space to hang the signs on. Don’t be dense.

  15. A Colorado bill poised to be signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis “would allow police and family members to petition courts to temporarily seize guns from people deemed dangerous,” reports Meagan Flynn at The Washington Post. But “half of the state’s 64 county governments have now passed resolutions indicating they do not wish to enforce the red-flag law.” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said it’s unconstitutional, so he won’t enforce it.

    These gun control laws are 100% a violation of the Constitution.

    1. Yeah, so what’s your point?
      Universal phone data collection is unconstitutional.
      All ‘gun control’ is unconstitutional.
      TSA is unconstitutional.
      Asset forfeiture is unconstitutional.
      ACA is unconstitutional.

      We have passed the point where the constitution has any real effective meaning as far as controlling the government is concerned.

      1. This^. From the Left we hear bullshit about the “living Constitution” and from the Right we hear bullshit about how “the Constitution isn’t a suicide pact”.

      2. Your right, we should stop defending the constitution entirely and just let it die already.

        1. You’re*

  16. It seems to make them uncomfortable when members of marginalized groups aren’t particularly interested in talking about their marginalization, or ? I hope you’re sitting down ? don’t feel entirely marginalized.

    They have this untapped potential victimhood power.

  17. Important news from Rachel Maddow, who covered the #TrumpRussia scandal better than almost any other journalist!

    NEWS: @Maddow reporting there will be a nationwide day of action Thursday demanding the immediate release of the full Mueller report.

    Mark it down, folks. Thursday. Drop whatever you’re doing and demand the release of the full report and the explosive bombshell revelations it undoubtedly contains.

    #Resist
    #MaddowWasRight

    1. “a nationwide day of action”

      What kind of action? Jazz hands?

      1. Mostly just a lot of crying and temper tantrums. There may be a few people walking around with giant depictions of female genitalia on their head.

        1. The rules for the investigation says Mueller will deliver to the DOJ, and the AG will give Congress a report. Mueller’s report is not intended to be delivered in full to Congress. This has been true since day one. Dems didn’t have a problem with this rule because they thought they would get the outcome they wanted. Now that they didn’t, they are crying foul.

          1. Sounds like what they do literally every time things don’t go their way.

    2. Rhodes Scholar.

      I want to believe the head honcho over in Greece is looking at her and going ‘what the fuck? We need to revise our model.’

      Same with Boston University. When you produce someone like that imbecile from the Bronx, it’s time to look over some things.

      1. Talk about ruining the brand.

      2. Boston University isn’t a good school, and only morons think it is.

        And…I don’t even know what you think a Rhodes Scholar is.

      3. As an econ grad myself, I am astounded by AOC’s lack of knowledge on economic issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t an Austrian economist in the vein of Milton Friedman — but she isn’t even an adherent to Keynes. Hearing her talk is like listening to someone with absolutely zero formal training in economics whatsoever. She doesn’t even have the lingo. Absolutely nothing. My guess is they just had a bunch of diversity courses and gave her a piece of paper that said “fuck it, I dunno, economics?”

        1. Whenever she talks on any subject she doesn’t use reason or logic. She just emotes. It’s like listening to a know-it-all 13 year old.

        2. She know the lingo for important things like Gini coefficient.

          Obviously she was taught nothing but Marxist economics. Kind of sad.

    3. LOL for once the Attorney General of the U.S. is actually following the law…so the Left wants to protest. Yeah, that tracks.

    4. I’m fine with releasing it. I liked Paul’s attempt to wrangle it into broader transparency as well.

  18. Kirsten Gillibrand again shows why she’s in my top tier of 2020 candidates.

    Our democracy is built on the principle of one person, one vote. It can’t function until we restore that principle. It’s time to abolish the Electoral College.

    It’s important to note that Russia’s hacking of our 2016 election would not have succeeded without the Electoral College. Clinton still won the popular vote by 3 million.

    #StillWithHer

    1. IT WAS HER TURN!

    2. I thought our democracy was built on the principle of 1,101,178 people, 1,115,664 votes. You know, Chicago style.

    3. Good luck getting all the small population states to ratify that amendment lol

      1. Right? Sometimes for fun I walk through exactly what getting the amendment ratified would entail, and SURPRISE! it looks a lot like the electoral college.

    4. I really dislike the abdication of authority to the executive that has been happening my entire life. We need another return to normalcy candidate.

    5. My favorite is the guy in the comments like “the framers didn’t know if it would work as intended and built a process to change the document” totally unaware that the framers built it for the exact reason why its causing so many issues for coastal democrats today… and that the process to change the document would be totally impossible to get through because it would fuck over 45 states.

    6. My favorite is the guy in the comments like “the framers didn’t know if it would work as intended and built a process to change the document” totally unaware that the framers built it for the exact reason why its causing so many issues for coastal democrats today… and that the process to change the document would be totally impossible to get through because it would fuck over 45 states.

  19. Trump team overruled 25 clearance denials, official says

    A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, including concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct.

    Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversaw the issuance of clearances for some senior White House aides, says she compiled a list of at least 25 officials who were initially denied security clearances last year but then had those denials overruled by senior administration officials.

    So a war between bureaucrats who hate Trump and Trump’s Administration has developed into a newsworthy story. I wonder when the media will cover the actual details of the bureaucrat bias and how often other Presidents overruled bureaucrats who were trying to usurp Executive power.

    1. People in polite circles don’t talk about those things.

    2. I suspect the 18 year old didn’t think this through…

    3. Fun fact: In my interview for a clearance, the interviewer asked about drug use. He told me that they didn’t really care all that much about usage, just if I was willing to lie about it. If I lied, it would mean I was susceptible to blackmail by foreign agents. I also found out that most clearance denials were for bad credit reports. Bad credit report means potential recruitment for money. Despite all that, I was granted a clearance, and spent a few years making America safe for bureaucracy.

  20. The president is once again is talking as if Puerto Rico isn’t part of the United States.

    A pretty hilarious irony, considering Obama pardoned a Puerto Rican separatist bomber.

  21. The gender pay gap is one of those things where people really fail in understanding how statistics work. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a woman say that “I get paid $0.75 for every dollar a man makes”. Some people really seem to believe that they represent the average of the groups they belong to.

    1. Well, in Trump’s America, we are all above average – – – –

      Yeah, I love the ‘studies’ comparing a female nurse in the operating room with 4 years of experience to the male neurosurgeon with 20 years of experience as an example of disparity.

    1. Funny thing about charts – lots of the ships that hit a reef had a chart room – – – –

  22. “Another Woman Has Accused Joe Biden Of Inappropriate Touching”
    […]
    “A Connecticut woman told the Hartford Courant that former Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a 2009 political fundraiser.”
    http://www.newsy.com/stories/a…..-touching/

    Joe, keep your hands to yourself!

    1. I am convinced there are dozens such women out there including, if the all-too-plausible rumors are to be believed, a few female Secret Service agents.

      When all is said and done Old Handsy Joe might end up making Bill The Rapist look like a Benedictine monk.

    2. It is really, really, hard to reach into someone’s pocket without touching – – – –

  23. “I’ll just close the border” with Mexico, President Donald Trump told reporters last week

    I DARE YOU TO DO IT YOU BIG PUSSY!

    There, let’s see if that helps.

  24. Do poor people accept free stuff given the opportunity? Is it not a human condition to have a will to survive, and wouldn’t that include taking free resources to do so? Is it not also natural to want to reciprocate when you are given free stuff, and favor people who give you free stuff (through votes)?

    To me, the answer is obviously yes. Which is why it’s so blatant why democrats want open borders, they offer the most free stuff. But there’s open borders people here who seem to think the human conditions laid out above do not exist. As if democrats won’t take the hard left turn to remove the 1st, 2nd, and 5th amendments, pack courts, and remove the electoral college, given the opportunity through open borders and free stuff.

    Where is my thinking off? Because the way I see it, this is all based off a standard understanding of how humans operate. And the results will be the removal of all your freedoms you hold dear.

    1. Your thinking is not off. But open borders Libertarians see all of the things you mention as features of their position not bugs. They love nothing better than for others to suffer for Libertarians’ principles.

      1. “Better to have the U.S. turn into France than to be inconsistent in our principles.”

      2. So it’s principles over sovereignty, or to say it another way, the principle is that sovereignty is unprincipled

      3. Oh, bullshit. No open-borders libertarian worthy of being called libertarian sees any of those things as positive features and many see plenty of room for practical compromise with people who are less enthusiastic about immigration.
        Shikha Dalmia is not a good representative of the libertarian open borders position. And you fucking know it, yet always go straight to the worst caricature of the doctrinaire libertarian possible. How about the positions of people like Ken Schultz? Or me?

    2. It’s not clear to me that Democrats in general want open borders. Or if they do it’s largely a reaction to Trump. And I suppose a lot of the traditional working class Democrat base went over to Trump.

  25. Very, very, extremely, far alt-leftists are very angry, that I, a marginalized person, am content.

  26. http://twitter.com/IWashington…..4695793666

    I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his Senate Office while lobbying for Salone to be given another chance to rebrand. Not once in 8 years was I given any support regarding Africa or the Black Agenda, but 45 invites me to the WH to celebrate the #FirstStepAct

    1. This guy is awesome. first I’ve encountered him. Will follow.

  27. Is there an interpretation of “equal pay” that doesn’t translate into forcing companies to pay women more at the expense of their male employees–and ultimately ditch merit pay systems?

    I would never willingly work for a company that paid people based on their sex or their seniority.

    I work harder and smarter than everyone else around me, and if I don’t attract responsibility and influence by outperforming my coworkers, I will leave and you will be sad.

    All my ex bosses still want me to come back.

    The lazy fools whom I outperformed were generally let go.

    All my excellent coworkers would love to come work for me.

    That’s the American dream.

    “equal pay” is anti-American.

  28. Mueller should have had such a target:

    “‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’: Avenatti Heckled at Wire Fraud Arraignment in California”
    […]
    “On Monday afternoon, wearing a navy suit and blue striped tie, Avenatti sat in court beside his attorney, John Littrell, a well-known litigator who specializes in fraud. Judge John D. Early apprised Avenatti of his rights and asked whether he had read the 184-page complaint from California federal prosecutors.
    “I understand the content of the document,” Avenatti said.
    The long legal file details counts of wire and bank fraud, which are separate from his charges in New York….”
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/m…..orn-lawyer

    Guy should have run for Governor of NJ, for pete’s sake.

  29. “As originally understood, the eighth amendment tolerated methods of execution, like hanging, that involved a significant risk of pain, while forbidding as cruel only those methods that intensified the death sentence by ‘superadding’ terror, pain or disgrace.”

    What about all the ‘superadding’ of terror, pain or disgrace into *legislation*?

  30. Close the tag.

    1. Tag, you’re it!

    2. I tried under John’s comment. It may be that John has to do it?

  31. A Colorado bill poised to be signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis “would allow police and family members to petition courts to temporarily seize guns from people deemed dangerous,” reports Meagan Flynn at The Washington Post. But “half of the state’s 64 county governments have now passed resolutions indicating they do not wish to enforce the red-flag law.” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said it’s unconstitutional, so he won’t enforce it.

    One supposes it’ll take a “justifiable homicide” to get this puppy to SCOTUS.

    1. Will the person filing the petition be arraigned for practicing medicine without a license?
      I would think the shrinks would be all up in arms (pardon) over this.

  32. Trying it again.

    1. John appears to be the culprit this time. Trust me, you won’t be able to close the tag. It can only be fixed by deleting the comment. BELIEVE ME.

      1. Damn it! *shakes italicized fist*

      2. How did I do it?

        1. You copied something from Twitter that had a smiley or some other dumb emoji in it.

          1. I did do that. I had no idea that would cause this. Sorry about that. I will remember not to do that.

      3. I love how every font, including those outside the comments, is italicized as a result.

        Is there a tag one can use to turn an entire website’s font into Comic Sans MS or Showcard Gothic? Asking for a friend….

        1. Tel you friend to become a Russian, and then he can do it to any and all political posts.

      4. Discus is a pretty cool platform for comment sections. Is there something wrong with it I am not aware of?

  33. The wage gap is a myth. NOBODY pays someone more because of their gender unless their gender is an asset to make more money.

    See “Hooters”.

    They hire the person whom they think will do the best job for the money. Folks may avoid hiring members of the special victims groups as lawsuit avoidance. Hiring is so subjective you can effectively avoid special victims group (SVG) members.Once hired though you may not be able to fire or even lay off a member of the SVG.

    So more SVG special treatment may actually decrease their employment.

  34. Bring back the guillotine?

    1. As a practical matter, execution by exsanguination is an excellent idea. Render the condemned unconscious by any medical means, and open the jugular.

  35. Speaking of equal pay . . .

    Greatest libertarian themed sci-fi story–that libertarians hardly ever mention . . .

    “In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General’s agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear “handicaps”: masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic.”

    —-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron

    Sounds like a libertarian dystopian novel a la Ayn Rand, doesn’t it?

    Well, it isn’t. It’s the exact opposite! It’s like a response to Ayn Rand.

    The guy with the most “handicaps” manages to get them off.

    “I am the Emperor!” cried Harrison. “Do you hear? I am the Emperor!

    . . .

    “Even as I stand here” he bellowed, “crippled, hobbled, sickened – I am a
    greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can
    become ! “

    He starts to dominate everyone around him with his superior abilities and intelligence. No one can stand against him unencumbered–so the government swoops in to save society from him. Otherwise . . .

    1. It’s an argument against meritocracy. If we had a meritocracy, what would the lazy and stupid people do for a living?

      So, here’s your handicap–you can’t be paid more than women. Oh, and we don’t want the locals to have to compete with Chinese factory workers either–that’s another handicap. Oh, and you have to pay for everyone else’s healthcare. And you have to pay to educate their children. And you have to pay for their retirement. And if you don’t like it, then stop working so smart and so hard. Stop outperforming your peers.

      It’s an argument against libertarianism.

      1. “If we had a meritocracy, what would the lazy and stupid people do for a living?”

        Work for the government

  36. Trump’s premise is that companies choose to enter unprofitable contracts for Mexican goods? Only he can save them?

  37. “Student protesters face criminal charges in Arizona:”
    What they are doing is not “protesting”. As soon as you take away somebody else’s freedom of speech it is no longer about freedom of speech. All these fucktards can fuck off.

    1. Testing for italics, 1, 2, 3.

  38. leaving open a bold tab because I am an asshole.

  39. How did this happen?

    1. You accidentally left a tag open without closing it in your comment. Just forgot the slash or something.

      They say you can’t fix it unless they delete your comment.

      Nobody tell Hihn, Shrike, or Tulpa about this.

      1. Reasons why Hit and Run needs an edit function.

      2. This is caused by Twitter emojis being pasted into comments.

  40. Noted mathematician J. S. Newsom backs ‘equal pay’

    “California Governor’s Wife Promotes Equal Pay for Women”
    […]
    “Jennifer Siebel Newsom is backing her first significant initiative since her husband became governor _ a drive to promote equal pay for women.”
    http://www.usnews.com/news/bes…..-for-women

    And I agree! I have the same qualifications to do her job ans she does, and I’m not getting paid anything like what producers pay her to show up and shut up.

  41. A left open HTML tag affects all following posts?!

    This is fun!

    1. And here comes the test …

      1. Well, the left open tag doesn’t apply to bold, that’s for sure.

  42. I’ve been hyping ProtonMail as an encrypted email service, here, for a long time. It isn’t in the 14 eyes countries, it’s phone app is easy to use, they have a plug-in for using Thunderbird on Linux (as well as Outlook and Windows), etc. It makes it really hard for anybody to get your email unless you want them to.

    The hardcore encryption can even direct the reader to ProtonMail’s servers if you want to do it that way. It’s hard to intercept your email when it never leaves the server in Switzerland!

    But don’t take my word for it. ProtonMail just got the best endorsement–Putin has blocked access to ProtonMail’s servers throughout Russia.

    http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/…..rotonmail/

    If Putin doesn’t want you to use it, then it can’t be all bad.

    1. Exactly.

      This is also why I’m skeptical of Telegram. They make all the right claims about e2e encryption but Putin and the 5 eyes seem not to mind… hmmmmmm

    2. “If Putin doesn’t want you to use it, then it can’t be all bad.”

      Putin doesn’t want you to use it because Trump does not own any of the stock.

  43. “No right to a “painless death,” says U.S. Supreme Court.”

    In a case where a criminal broke into the trailer of someone who was living with his ex-girlfriend, killed the victim, kidnapped the ex, drove her around and raped her. The murder victim bled to death.

    Want to be more or less painless? Shoot him. Unless you want to keep the organs, in which case chop his head off, that way you can preserve the brain and guts.

    1. Details at Murderpedia:

      http://murderpedia.org/male.B/…..ussell.htm

    2. Nobody wants the brain. But the guts have real market value.

      1. been looking to restring my Jack Kramer

    3. I’m totally in favor of bringing back the gullitine.

    1. +10

      It good to see people around the World questioning this gender pay gap nonsense as a systematic problem.

  44. “it’s driven by women’s choices”

    Women have choices, men have obligations.

  45. 2019 they haven’t auto-fixed a left-open tag yet?

    >>>Sen. Kamala Harris has already raised $12 million for her presidential candidacy.

    stupid people need the most attention

  46. Because I am now retired and my wife still works, I fully support a BIG raise for my wife; she has to support the home patriarchy.

    If she gets a big raise I might add some protein to her diet. That sound vaguely vulgar. I will leave it to the gentle H&R commentariat to firmly flesh out my true meaning.

  47. Re: “But the most striking thing to be “aware” of about the gender pay gap is that a huge array of data show it’s driven by women’s choices.”

    This is a common error. A wage gap cannot be created by one sex alone. Both sexes create the wage gap. If men did not choose higher-paying jobs, there would be no gap.

    “A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality: The Doctrinaire Institute for Women’s Policy Research” http://www.malemattersusa.wordpress.c…..-research/

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