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COVID-19 is an Exercise in Government Control

11 Apr 2020 3 minute read 5 comments Daniel Goldman

While there is no reason to believe that COVID-19 isn't a natural pathogen, the government's reaction is far from benign. When this novel coronavirus first emerged, various conspiracy theories soon followed. Some began claiming that the virus was ma...

The Coronavirus Lockdown is Changing Trends in Population Level Psychology

4 Apr 2020 3 minute read 7 comments Daniel Goldman

I’m a fan of using whatever tools we have available for collecting data, especially when the methods don’t reveal any personal information of individuals. When I first started writing about the potential effects of the coronavirus lockdown and social...

Price Gouging is a Good Thing

20 Mar 2020 4 minute read 6 comments Daniel Goldman

With no end in sight for the coronavirus panic, there's still a shortage of basic items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other items that people have started hoarding. A few people were caught jacking their prices sky high on Amazon, and were q...

The Potential Success and Failures of Social Distancing

17 Mar 2020 7 minute read 0 comments Daniel Goldman

Social distancing is the process of decreasing the amount of time that people have in contact with one another, with the hope that it will reduce the spread of communicable disease. Unfortunately, while it’s understandable that the public health syst...

NPR and the Johnson Amendment

4 Jan 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Daniel Goldman

Many people think that the Johnson Amendment is about religion, but it’s not. It’s about politics. And NPR constantly ignores it. The Johnson Amendment seems to come up in political discussions a lot. The amendment, named after Lyndon B. Johnson, t...

Global Wealth Potential from Solar Energy

1 Jan 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Daniel Goldman

If Earth were a closed system, economics would be a zero, or worse a negative sum game. Luckily it’s not. A common argument against the ability for life to exist is that the second law of thermodynamics states that entropy increases within a closed...

Returning to the Gold Standard is Foolish

28 Dec 2019 5 minute read 8 comments Daniel Goldman

It's also brilliant. In 1933, the US government wanted full control over the ability to manipulate and create its currency, and so it largely abandoned the gold standard. No country in existence today relies on the gold standard. Some argue that th...

Destroying The Unspoken Fourth Branch of Government

5 Dec 2019 6 minute read 1 comment Daniel Goldman

People often call the media “the fourth estate” but there is a fourth branch of government hiding right under our noses. Everyone knows that there are three branches of government: the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judic...

How Dare Employers Profit off Their Employees?!

1 Dec 2019 5 minute read 3 comments Daniel Goldman

What’s the deal with employers getting so much money while their employees get so little? Employers (owners) are often seen as worthless components of the economic puzzle, where the employees (workers) are the ones who do everything and the employe...

That’s not Socialism

26 Nov 2019 6 minute read 5 comments Daniel Goldman

What so many people, including many self labeled socialists, get wrong.   But that’s not socialism. These institutions fly in the face of the very founding ideals of socialist thinkers. In fact, I will show further along in this discussion, a quote...