Division of Labour: June 2011 Archives
June 15, 2011
Better to feel Good Than to Do Good: Electric Car Edition

Electric cars may not be so green after all, says British study

UPDATE (6/16): A reader points to a report saying that electric cars still produce less carbon even if their complete life cycle is included in the analysis.

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 01:06 PM

President Ludd

Crikey, President Obama is now blaming ATMs and airport kiosks for unemployment. I guess we should expect his next policy proposals to include mandates to replace backhoes with shovels (or spoons), requirements that tractors be replaced by mules, and the like.

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Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 08:49 AM

Yeah, Teachers Unions Are All About the Children

The head of the Georgia Association of Educators doesn't like Teach for America sending teachers to Georgia. From GPB:

A national education non-profit is sending hundreds of teachers to metro Atlanta public schools. Local educators say those jobs should go to Georgians.

The group plans to send 300 teachers to Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton, Fulton and Dekalb counties this fall. They will teach everything from pre-k through 12th grade and stay on for at least 2 years.

Calvine Rollins is the president of the Georgia Association of Educators. She says the program is generally a good thing but worries some more needy candidates might be losing out on the jobs:

"Georgia does need more teachers because of the increase in class sizes however I believe that preference should be given to the great teachers that have been riffed or laid off due to the economy and budget cuts in some districts."

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 08:45 AM

June 09, 2011
So Will Nanny-Stater Public Health Folks Propose Taxing Chairs?

A news report:

Smoking cigarettes is the cause of so much preventable, deadly disease. But now new research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous.

Maybe we'll even get an advocacy group called Campaign for Chair Free Kids!

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 10:04 AM

June 03, 2011
PERC Vid on Property Rights

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 05:29 PM

June 01, 2011
Ben Powell on Immigration

Note: He is making the "value neutral" economic arguments here. He is not making the moral case that all people are God's creatures and deserve the right to peacefully move anywhere they want.

If you disagree, send your hate mail to him though!

Posted by Robert Lawson at 10:34 AM in Economics

The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it. -Adam Smith

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