Why the Republicans and Democrats Are Like Coke and Pepsi

The Democrats and Republicans have political power for the same kinds of reasons that Coke and Pepsi or Boeing and Airbus dominate their markets.

Using Words to Brand a Political Party

The increasing polarization of congressional language could reflect the Democrats’ and Republicans’ need for political branding.

Election Economics: Looking at the Millennials, Xers, Boomers, and Silents

Before tomorrow’s election, let’s take a look at the voting age gap. Absent since 1972, the young and the old again are voting differently.   The Silent Generation: The oldest slice of the population, the Silent Generation was born between 1928…

Plane Train Competition

Should government subsidize a railroad? Our story starts during the 1970s when you could fly from New York to Washington, D.C. on the Eastern shuttle. Eastern left hourly (!) and guaranteed a seat to everyone who showed up for the…

Election Economics: Assessing the Minimum Wage

Currently at $7.25, should the federal hourly minimum wage rise to $9.80? Proposed legislation from House Democrats would increase the minimum wage in three steps, 85 cents a year for 3 years. After that, the amount would move upward with…

Economic Disagreement

Astronomy might help us understand US history according to biographer Walter Isaacson. We just need to think about binary systems in which 2 separately orbiting stars “are linked because of their gravitational interaction.” The tension between Hamilton and Jefferson was…