Red State Myths – Crime, Poverty, and Welfare

Originally published in Rare, February 4th 2014 Perhaps I spend too much time lurking around left-leaning blogs, but there are many myths taken as fact without any additional analysis. Chief among them? The notion that red states take the most…

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Are Taxes Really at Sixty Year Lows?

Originally published in Rare, January 15th 2014 A popular talking point in leftist circles seems to be that taxes are at 60 year lows. The implications for this being: with government deficits running high, we’re in a position where we…

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Death to the Estate Tax!

Originally published on March 26, 2015 Death and taxes are two certainties in life, yet the government seems to combine the two in the estate tax, which is colloquially known as the death tax. This tax was meant to be…

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The Blurred Line With Intellectual Property Rights in Music: Do We Need Copyright Law Reform?

Originally published on March 21, 2015 Copyright law and intellectual property rights can be some ambiguous territory because of the more abstract nature of intellectual property. This idea played out with the recent ruling that Robin Thicke’s 2013 song, Blurred Lines, was a…

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Should America Be Learning Lessons from Finland’s School System, and If So, Why Laud It?

Originally published on February 23, 2015 When one talks about Finland in a public policy context, it’s usually lumped together with “the Nordic countries.” However, there is one topic that everyone seems to swoon over Finland, and that is their K-12…

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Religious Freedom Acts: What Do They Actually Mean for Religious Freedom and Freedom in General?

Originally published on April 2, 2015 The state of Indiana has been taking a lot of heat lately. The states of Connecticut and New York, as well as a whole slew of companies and celebrities, have decided to boycott the state of Indiana. What…

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Emotion Matters In Politics

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base rate


BASE RATE FALLACY – Ignoring relevant statistical information when computing rates.  The base rate fallacy is committed when one believes statistics do not apply to them. Irrelevant non-statistical information is used to replace relevant statistical information. For instance, the admission rate…

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GAMBLER’S FALLACY – Reasoning that short-term deviations from the norm must correct themselves in the short-term. The Gambler’s Fallacy is a mistake often made while gambling. The concept seems intuitive but is mathematically incorrect. Imagine playing a game of Roulette….

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texas sharpshooter


TEXAS SHARPSHOOTER – Shifting the emphasis to stress similarities in data.  The Texas Sharpshooter first fires several rounds and then paints his target around the biggest cluster. In statistics this is done by developing a hypothesis after analyzing data instead…

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