"Americans are moving less often because moving is hell"

It's probably not the only, or even the main, reason. But it doesn't help.

Here’s a brief list of some of the closing costs you’ll incur around here. There are bank fees, application fees, processing fees, appraisal fees, credit-report fees, bank-attorney fees, recording fees, title-insurance fees and municipal-search fees.

Those are just for the buyer. The seller’s costs include transfer taxes, miscellaneous title fees and a pickup fee for the Title Closer as well.


"Unicorn Governance: Ever argued public policy with people whose State is in fantasyland?"

Mike Munger nails the core problem of big government advocates.

My friends generally dislike politicians, find democracy messy and distasteful, and object to the brutality and coercive excesses of foreign wars, the war on drugs, and the spying of the NSA. 

But their solution is, without exception, to expand the power of "the State." That seems literally insane to me—a non sequitur of such monstrous proportions that I had trouble taking it seriously.

Related: Peter Gordon, "Not Just the Toadies," refers to some of the relevant literature.


"Epic Correction of the Decade"

"Epic" is overused, but this is pretty big.

The authors regret that there is an error in the published version of “Correlation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies” American Journal of Political Science 56 (1), 34–51. The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed.