‘Jobs’ Archive

Two Dilemmas Urbanists and Housing Advocates have to Face March 6, 2018 No Comments

First, we often have two inconsistent objectives.  The first is good housing for all and ownership for many. The second is that home ownership should be a ‘wealth builder’ for those who achieve it.  You can’t have it both ways.  What makes home ownership a ‘wealth builder’ is a relative scarcity of land for housing. […]

On Feeling Guilty for Ordering Stuff Online June 16, 2017 No Comments

I like ordering things online and not having to hunt for them in stores.  And sometimes the alternative is being eliminated.  Just like paying cash or taking public transit, live stores, especially bookstores, are disappearing.  There is only one major bookstore chain left:  Barnes and Noble.  And yes you have to have an Account, and […]

How Employers Impose Their Own ‘Growth Boundaries’ February 10, 2017 No Comments

There has been a lot of publicity about how the imposition of ‘growth boundaries’ on metropolitan areas often succeeds mainly in driving up the price of land within the boundaries.  But companies and employers often impose their own ‘growth boundaries’ by where they choose to locate, or not locate.  A person with a car will […]

Michael Lind:  Can You Restrict Immigration Without Alienating Recent Immigrants? December 6, 2016 No Comments

Michael Lind is one of the most perceptive political and social observers of our time.  He ‘scooped’ the Trump revolution, as I have said, before Trump even declared himself a candidate.  And he has continued to be as perceptive. But where does Lind stand on immigration?

June Gloom All Year Round March 24, 2014 No Comments

Joel Kotkin has got a post up, partially entitled, “Coastal Cities are Old News – It’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming.”  In it, he declares, “people seem to, once again, be streaming toward the expanse of warm-weather states extending from the southeastern seaboard to Phoenix.” Now wait a minute.  When the term ‘Sunbelt’ was coined, by […]

More Minimum Wage Games March 15, 2014 No Comments

I am in New York City again, and the hard copy New York Sunday Times was delivered to my room.  As usual there is interesting stuff in it, despite some of their editorial policies.  In particular there are two articles that, to me are connected, though nobody at the Times seems to have drawn the […]

Why I Won’t Support Unz’s Minimum Wage Initiative – And What I Will Support January 24, 2014 No Comments

Some important people on the Right, starting with the maverick Ron Unz but apparently including such as Phyllis Schlafly and Bill O’Reilly, have come out in favor of a higher minimum wage, such as $12 per hour. The argument against that, which I cannot dismiss, is that it prices a lot of marginally employable people […]

Minimum Wages: A Modest Proposal January 3, 2013 1 Comment

Ron Unz, generally considered a conservative but quirky, came out for a radical increase in the minimum wage here last year, not something you generally expect of conservatives, but then Ron Unz and his magazine, The American Conservative, generally take positions we’re not used to expecting of conservatives. He has several arguments. He admits that […]

Jonathan V. Last, Part 2: Testing November 2, 2010 No Comments

I will discuss Mr. Last’s article again, for he also made an important point that I had never heard of before, and that had nothing to do with the land-use issues which Blue Kennel takes a great interest in. It seems that there was, in 1971, a case called Griggs vs. Duke Power. In this […]