Arnold Kling: September 2004 Archives

Sympathy for the Undecided

"Who are these undecided people, and why do they bother to vote?" -- Stephen "VodkaPundit" Green While I am not undecided myself, I do not share the VodkaPundit's disdain. In fact, I am downright sympathetic with undecided voters. My... Read More

You Call This Health Insurance?

"Even though most health care and most health insurance were provided privately, the U.S. health care system developed into a regulated, institutionalized market, dominated by nonprofit bureaucracies. Such a market is very different from a truly competitive market Read More

The Escalation of Income

"...of the vast increase in the well-being of hundreds of millions of people that has occurred in the 200-year course of the industrial revolution to date, virtually none of it can be attributed to the direct redistribution of resources... Read More

Learning Economics

"So long as economists mutter about incomprehensibilities and seem to be ordering up policies that normal people resent while telling us all how good these policies really are for us, sure, normal people are going to shun economists. Why... Read More

Bobos in Baghdad

"The gradualists argue that it would be crazy to rush into terrorist-controlled cities and try to clean them out with massive force because the initial attack would be so bloody there'd be a debilitating political backlash. ...the weight of... Read More

Getting to Health Care for Tomorrow

"Many of our most fundamental systems -- the tax code, health coverage, pension plans, worker training -- were created for the world of yesterday, not tomorrow." -- President George W. Bush This was easily my favorite line from the... Read More

Hating the Producers

"the United States spends more on health care than any of the other OECD countries spend, without providing more services than the other countries do. This suggests that the difference in spending is mostly attributable to higher prices of... Read More

Government and the Fear Factor

"Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats Too noble to neglect Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect" -- Bob Dylan, My Back Pages My theory is that the political process preys on fear. A politician... Read More

Long on Specifics

"The biggest unanswered question about President Bush's reelection campaign has been whether he has a second-term economic and domestic agenda to match his commitment to fighting terrorists. He began to provide the answers here Thursday night with an acceptance... Read More

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