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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Scientific American: The Science Of Inequality

Scientific American (2018)Scientific American, The Science of Inequality:

How high economic inequality negatively impacts nearly every aspect of human well-being—as well as the health of the biosphere.

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That magazine has long deserved the name "Political Science".

The homicide article contains no evidence of causality. Maybe high homicide rates cause inequality rather than the reverse. In fact there are hidden variables causing both, but that doesn't serve the magazine's political agenda.

Policies intended to reduce income inequality will cause new and different harm, but nobody wants to study that. History is full of examples of promised workers' paradises which became the opposite. What was the homicide rate under Pol Pot?

Posted by: AMTbuff | Nov 29, 2018 6:13:05 AM

Ah. I remember so fondly the good old days when Scientific American was mostly about real science.

Posted by: Dr. Robert Frost | Nov 30, 2018 7:28:41 AM