“Pinot or pot?, The Economist, October 13, 2018
Winemakers worry that people’s “intoxication budgets” could be diverted to pot—they are substitutes, not complements.
Wineries complain they can’t afford seasonal labor to harvest grapes—cannabis farms pay more
Sonoma County imposed restrictions on who may grow weed, and where
Legalization will encourage more women, baby boomers and high earners—the demographic that buys a lot of wine—to smoke weed.
Legalization and medical marijuana are associated with a 15% drop in alcohol consumption (72% Americans think weed is safer).
“Polish airline asks passengers to chip in for plane’s repairs before takeoff,” news.com.au, November 22, 2018
Seen and not seen. What incentives are being created here?
“A Selection from the trolley,” The Economist, October 27, 2018
From a paper published in Nature, MITs “Moral Machine” website asks the general public and gathered nearly 40 million decisions from 233 countries, territories, or statelets. Ed and his family were among those who participated.
Saving human over animal lives
Save many rather than a few
Prioritizing children over the old
Saving women over men
Pedestrians over passengers in cars
Taking action rather than doing nothing
Criminals subhuman, below dogs, but above cats!
Differences by countries: Western, Eastern, Southern. Autonomous cars may need to download new moralities when cross national borders.
So far, Germany only country to propose ethical rules, one that discrimination by age should be forbidden.
All sort of choices will affect who lives and dies, e.g., staying relative close to cycle lane. Repeat that over hundreds of millions of trips, and you’re going to see a skew in the accident statistics.
For our show on ethics, and the trolley thought experiment, see Episode #7: Everyday Ethics: Doing Well and Doing Good.
“General Motors Restructures,” National Review, The Editors, November 28, 2018, and “The Bailouts at Ten: I Told You So,” National Review, Kevin Williamson, November 28, 2018, and “A hard bargain,” The Economist, November 3, 2018
See Ron’s review of Car Guys vs. the Bean Counters.
Reason story on a mistake at a Washington, DC agency denying marriage license for New Mexico resident, asking for a New Mexican passport.
refuted by Warren Meyer in
Another Economics Joke - David Friedman’s Idea Blog
Don Boudreaux’s friend, Frayda Levin, recently sent the following excellent letter to the New York Times. Our show with Donald Boudreaux.