Current Affairs

"Plan and Act in case AI or something else kills your job"

I used to spend a couple of minutes each semester telling my students that no matter what job they were in, or planned to get, they needed to think of themselves, at least occasionally, as entrepreneurs. What assets and liabilities do I have? Where are the opportunities for me, and what are the threats to my livelihood? Unlike their grandparents, very few people today can count on working for IBM or the assembly line for 30 years or more. 

And I said if that frightened them or was otherwise unacceptable, they could do what I did and work for the government. (But I quickly noted that they might not be able to count on that much longer, either.)

I have no idea if it will help, but I tried. This article makes a similar point.


"McHealthcare Deluxe"

Another excellent piece by Kevin Williamson. Money 'graph:

What’s too often lost in the Sturm und Drang of recent Republican efforts to reform the insurance reforms enacted by Democrats in 2009 is this: The Affordable Care Act has not worked as advertised. That is the fundamental fact around which the debate should be organized. The ACA did not result in lower premiums but in the opposite; it did not result in more competitive insurance markets but in the opposite; it did not result in superior health-insurance plans but, at least in many cases, the opposite; it has not resulted in universal coverage. Among the major promises made on behalf of the ACA, only one of any significance has been delivered on: It is the case that more Americans have health insurance today than they did in 2009. But the ACA has underdelivered on that point, too: Only about 16.5 million people — barely 5 percent of the population — gained health coverage from the passage of the ACA through 2016, and the vast majority of those, 81 percent, were new Medicaid beneficiaries.

Gun control, yet, again, still

Five of the best pieces I've read recently:

"What Democrats want is no guns, but they don’t have the courage to say so".

"I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise."

"Gun control in Europe is almost total. It hasn't stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas".

"Wait, Did Everybody Just Forget About the Orlando Massacre?"

"The True Secret of the NRA's Success".

We're well past the point at which reasonable people would simply agree to disagree, like family members following different religions. But . . . no.