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RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That's Now More Important Than Ever

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Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant.

Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described

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Perovskites and why you should care about them

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Perovskite is a special kind of mineral, calcium titanium oxide composed of calcium titanate (CaTiO3), discovered first in the Urals and named after Lev Perovski (though it was discovered by Gustav Rose). This mineral is now known from several locations including Hot Spring County, Arkansas (see image to the right). The image at the top … Continue reading Perovskites and why you should care about them

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California's Race to Legal Pot: A Dispatch from the Front Lines

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I was deep into my second or third joint of the afternoon, lounging on a green leather Moroccan pouf in the shade, when an elegant older blonde in a bright floral dress rushed up to declare that I was urgently needed on stage. It was Susan Soares, the beloved marijuana advocate and ringmaster of the day's events: a casual and intimate southern California conference called The State of

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: California's Race to Legal Pot: A Dispatch from the Front Lines

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New on Medium: "The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart"

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30 days ago
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The Business Roundtable’s outlandish tax cut claims

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I think of myself as pro-business.  I frequently counselled the Obama Administration that “business confidence is the cheapest form of stimulus” and during my times in government have found meetings with business leaders very helpful in understanding economic policy challenges.  So when the Business Roundtable (BRT) does an analysis I pay close attention.

Last Thursday I read on the Politico website a JPMorgan ad linking to the BRT site where there was a statement that “a competitive 20 percent corporate tax rate could increase wages sufficient to support 2 million new jobs”.  The claim surprised me because 2 million new jobs, on top of current projected job growth, would likely drive the unemployment rate below 3 percent—a level not seen in a half century and would be inconsistent with the claims of BRT Chairman Jamie Dimon that businesses can’t now fill all their job vacancies. 

I wrote to BRT CEO Josh Bolten asking about the methodology behind the claim.  I have now been contacted by the BRT which has explained their “methodology”.  I had low expectations but the BRT methodology was even less serious than I expected.  It appears that they have gone into the “fake fact” business.

Based on what I was told, the BRT did not look at any data on hiring, employment, or job creation.  There was no study or even piece of paper describing the basis for their conclusions.   In conversation, they asserted that a corporation could create a job for $64,000 which surely way understates all in cost of new hiring given overhead and fringes.  Then they asserted, exactly counter to the Trump CEA, that there would be no increases in workers’ wages only increased hiring.  They were unable to offer any defense of this assumption and proceeded to misquote their own ad.

Does any of this matter?  Some I suppose would say it doesn’t because corporate tax reform is an important issue and if the BRT won’t advocate for it who will.  Perhaps.  While I think the Trump administration’s analysis regarding taxes has been disgraceful, there is a case for revenue neutral well designed corporate reform.

I think though when a President has lowered the standard of debate in our country to the point where the country’s leading business organization just makes stuff up, it is a very sad day.  I have always tried to resist sloganeering and demagogic rhetoric on public policy issues and taught my students that honest argument and careful analysis matter.  Given how much the current climate has corroded the Business Roundtable I will have to reconsider.

UPDATE: Sometime between posting of this blog and 9:15pm, the BRT removed from their website the jobs claim mentioned in this blog

NOTE: BRT is back claiming “up to an equivalent of two million jobs.” I am afraid I can’t follow this new claim better than old one 

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Intellectual Property for the Twenty-First-Century Economy

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Developing countries are increasingly pushing back against the intellectual property regime foisted on them by the advanced economies over the last 30 years. They are right to do so, because what matters is not only the production of knowledge, but also that it is used in ways that put the health and wellbeing of people ahead of corporate profits.



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