Can Wage Transparency Fix the Pay Gap?

Can Wage Transparency Fix the Pay Gap?

Will wage transparency reduce or eliminate the pay gap between men and women? Yes and no. Let’s take the no side first. Wage transparency will not reduce or eliminate this pay gap because it emanates from real differences in productivity (actually discounted marginal revenue productivity, but we’re going to keep it simple, here). That is to say, there is an economic law that maintains that wages tend to reflect productivity. What is productivity? That is the amount by which you increase your employer’s bottom line for every hour you are on the assembly line, or shop floor, or driving a truck...

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Graffiti vs. Property Rights

Graffiti vs. Property Rights

A recent headline screamed out: “New York Judge Awards $6.7 Million To 21 Graffiti Artists For Destroyed Murals." That might be right. There is an actual law on the books which could support such a judicial finding. Alternatively, the award was possibly made for a contract violation pertaining to graffiti! It might thus be incorrect to blame Judge Frederic Block (no relation to the present author) for denigrating private property rights in favor of graffiti artists who trespass with their paint on buildings owned by other people. What is the story behind this brouhaha? Jerry Wolkoff is the...

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Why the GOP Should Be Nicer to the LP

Why the GOP Should Be Nicer to the LP

Full disclosure: I have been a member of the Libertarian Party ever since 1969 when I ran for New York State Assembly, two years before the creation of the national party in 1971. But I hold no office with them and cannot speak for them. Marc Victor is not going to win the 2022 senatorial campaign in Arizona. The best prognostications are that he’ll only garner some 15% of the vote! So why write about him? Simple: he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but a third party Libertarian candidate poised to “ruin” yet another election, at least from the perspective of the latter. Needless to...

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When Giveaways Are Legal, But Commerce Is Not

When Giveaways Are Legal, But Commerce Is Not

Lieutenant Kirk Thibodeaux is a Louisiana state trooper in otherwise good standing. He is a member of the Transportation Safety Services/Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section. While attending a conference on vehicle safety in South Dakota, this officer of the law was accused of soliciting a prostitute, and was arrested for that crime. He is now on administrative leave from his job back in the Pelican State. Comedian Red Buttons famously made a career out of saying, “Strange things are happening.” He might have had this Louisiana state trooper in mind when he did so. What are the anomalies?...

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Don’t Blame Private Police for Public Errors

Don’t Blame Private Police for Public Errors

There have been many calls of late to “defund the police.” None of them have been aimed at the private police. All of them have been targeted at the public sector, governmental police. Are these demands justified? Not very. Yes, there are more than a few bad apples in the long thin blue line. This goes, undoubtedly but to a much lesser extent, for private police forces as well. There always are some problems with large staffs with numerous employees. There are in the United States some 900,000 full time police officers, and almost 100,000 part timers, employed at all three national, state...

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How the Government Exacerbates Cancer

How the Government Exacerbates Cancer

This essay is dedicated to the memory of Witold Kwaśnicki, a Polish libertarian who recently passed away at the tender age of seventy. He died from pancreatic cancer. He expired not in a matter of years after diagnosis, nor even months. Rather, he succumbed in a matter of mere weeks. What a horrible disease that is. I am now 80 years old. I full well realize that no one gets out of this alive; that my life expectancy is not what it was ten, twenty or thirty years ago. How do I come to grips with the prospects of my not too distant demise? How do keep my chin up? I do so in two ways. First, I...

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A Solution to Transgender Sports

A Solution to Transgender Sports

Even in these politically divisive times, this headline fairly leaps off the page at you: “Texas Passes Bill Barring Sports for Transgender Students.” According to Texas State House Representative Valoree Swanson, a sponsor of this bill, it is “all about girls and protecting them” in the state’s University Interscholastic League. She continued: “We need a statewide level playing field…It’s very important that we, who got elected to be here, protect our girls.” This seems a bit unfair to a small group of marginalized students, but we all know the genesis of this initiative: boys with dresses...

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Eighteen ‘Offensive’ Words You Can’t Say in Canada

Eighteen ‘Offensive’ Words You Can’t Say in Canada

Think that the U.S. is the wokiest nation on the planet? Think again. Canada is coming up fast, and with its latest initiative, appears to be on the inside track. What has the Great White (pardon me for using this word) North done to warrant this characterization? They have come up with eighteen words that are offensive; you say them only at your peril, at least in the frozen country to the north of the U.S. What are these words? They are as follows: Ghetto; sell someone down the river; blackmail; brainstorm; savage; gypped; pow wow; tribe; spooky; black sheep; blind spot; blindsided; first...

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