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Why Western Efforts To Ban Plastic Drinking Straws is GREAT for Global Prosperity

Yes, most plastic waste in the ocean comes from monsoon flooding of Asian rivers / cities that washes trash out into the ocean.  Yes, plastic drinking straws are a trivial percentage of the waste stream.  So yes, plastic drinking straw bans will have little effect on cleanliness of the environment. BUT, this effort does seem [...]

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The Days I Love My Job

I write on this blog a lot on those days in my job that get me down.  That only makes sense because I write about government regulatory policy vis a vis business and it is government interventions that often cause me the most heartache. But there are good days too.  I have been putting together [...]

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If Only We Had One "Sustainability" Number That Summarized the Value of the Time and Resources That Went Into a Product or Service….

From an article about how China’s decision to restrict imports of recyclable materials is throwing the recycling industry for a loop: The trash crunch is compounded by the fact that many cities across the country are already pursuing ambitious recycling goals. Washington D.C., for example, wants to see 80% of household waste recycled, up from 23%. D.C. [...]

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I Feel Like Maybe I Have An Addiction Problem If I Am Seeing This on My Diet Coke

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I’m Exhausted With Banks Treating Me Like A Criminal

For 15 years I have been a customer of El Dorado bank in a small town in California, just depositing our weekly revenues in the account and sweeping it out from time to time.  When Bank of America closed a few locations we use in other California small towns, it seemed easier to just add [...]

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Schadenfreude: Crony Jerks at Whirpool Who Begged for Tariffs Are Now Suffering From Them

This is definitely from the schadenfreude files, via the WSJ: After the Trump administration announced new tariffs on imported washing machines in January, Marc Bitzer, the chief executive of Whirlpool Corp., celebrated his win over South Korean competitors LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. “This is, without any doubt, a positive catalyst for Whirlpool,” he said on an investor conference call. [...]

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Why are you opposed to all these worker protections? Or, more directly, why do you hate workers?

This is from the questions and comments I am getting on my Summer 2018 Regulation cover story, “How Labor Regulation Harms Unskilled Workers.”   Here is my typical answer: I don’t and I am not.  But this sort of reaction, which you can find in the comments of this and other similar articles, is typical of [...]

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How Labor Regulation Harms Unskilled Workers

As a reminder, I have the cover story in Regulation magazine’s Summer 2018 issue.  You can find links to the article and the issue, as well as a growing FAQ, here.

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The Value of Branding

This is yet another in a series of posts on the value of branding (previous iterations include here and here).  Socialists and anti-capitalists often deride branding as, at best, a complete waste of resources and at worst a huge value destruction in that the marketing associated with branding tricks consumers into buying products they don’t [...]

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The Death of Honor

When my company screws up, one of the steps we take to try to make customers happy is to give them a refund or some free future services.  For example, last weekend we had a customer who reserved a boat and apparently our staff in the rush of the holiday weekend lost the reservation, so [...]

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