Refuting Rauch and EPI on the Economics of Productivity

December 12, 2012

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(Guest post by Greg Forster)

Many readers of JPGB will be familiar with the hard-left, union-friendly Economic Policy Institute. A recent article by Jonthan Rauch uses some EPI graphs to argue that the U.S. economy no longer rewards working-class employees for productivity. Over on Hang Together, I say the graphs are deceptive. The problem is a decline in productivity in the workers, caused by – JPGB readers will be shocked – lousy K-12 schools (and also a loss of the older religious work ethic).

If you’re familiar with EPI’s work, you won’t be surprised – Jay, Marcus and I took on some very shoddy work they did on teacher pay back in Education Myths.

Paging Mr. Nottroth, Mr. Wim Nottroth…

September 5, 2012

(Guest post by Greg Forster)

I think the JPGB post I’m most proud of is my nomination of Wim Nottroth for the Al Copeland award. I was deeply honored, of course, to have my nominee go on to win “the Al.” But I was even more honored to help more people learn about Nottroth and what he did for all of us.

Readers interested in similar threats to liberty may have been following the case now pending in Germany, where a rabbi is under criminal investigation for the “offense” of circumcising children. For those who are interested, over on the new group blog I edit called Hang Together, I offer four lessons Americans can learn from the German circumcision case as we wrestle with our own struggles on religious freedom.