On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

I wanted to be a hobo. I read about them in Reminisce, a magazine for old people that my grandparents subscribed to, and it sounded like a fantastic idea: riding the rails, never working, eating hobo stew, and sleeping under the stars. But things didn't quite work out as planned. Now I'm a fundraiser for an international development agency.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm 1

On Wages For Housework!

It isn't quite true that wages for housework will never happen. Full-time moms in Venezuela now get old-age pensions: http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/9202

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm 2

On How Americans Think About Fairness and the Economy

@Josh Michtom@facebook I'll never get over the shame. ;-)

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:47 am 0

On How Americans Think About Fairness and the Economy

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:47 am 0

On How Americans Think About Fairness and the Economy

I wonder if Solid Conservatives and Steadfast Liberals disagree about who is powerful.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm 1

On Are You My Landlord?

There are great tenant organizations in NYC, and every renter should join one. It's basic self-interest. My personal favorite is Met Council on Housing: www.metcouncilonhousing.org

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm 0

On Adjusting Our "New Financial Advice" to Include Unemployment

@Stina See, now that's good New Financial Advice!

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm 0

On Adjusting Our "New Financial Advice" to Include Unemployment

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm 0

On Adjusting Our "New Financial Advice" to Include Unemployment

@cjm It's interesting how you pair side-gig income with unemployment insurance. Does side gig implicitly mean under-the-table gig? Is that a generally accepted, if unacknowledged, part of the economy now?

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm 0

On Adjusting Our "New Financial Advice" to Include Unemployment

If we assume everyone will lose a job at some point, and probably more than once, then we probably also ought to assume that 401(k)s are really just emergency funds. Specifically, emergency funds with all sorts of complicated penalties and taxes attached. Which raised the question of the wisdom of saving via 401(k)s.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm 0