Showing posts from 2012

Why I voted for Gary Johnson without any chance of winning

This post is not about policy, it is about the dynamics of voting for a third party that is sure to lose, and why one might do such a thing.

Obviously, if I choose to vote for a third party, I must have some reason for doing so. I imagine that such a vote has some value, or the potential to do something. In this case, that value is not "He might actually win this election." Instead, I expect such a vote to play a part in shaping the future political landscape of America in one of two ways:

It creates more discussion and awareness for the Libertarian party, giving it a chance to receive even more votes in 4 years. Maybe those votes then translate into even more discussion and awareness, allowing the Libertarian party to be a serious contender in 8 years or more. In such a way my vote today can be magnified in a positive feedback loop.A more realistic reason: Even if the Libertarian party never makes it as a serious contender (See this video for an explanation. Our voting syst…

Two problems with post-secondary education in the U.S.

Two fairly obvious problems with college education in America are the following:
Tuition rates rising much faster than inflationMany jobs require technically unnecessary 4-year college degrees from applicants. (e.g. data entry, administrative assistance, skilled or unskilled labor, etc) Most people recognize these two problems exist, and I would like to diagnose some of the causes. I propose that each of these problems is due to a feedback loop that naturally develops due to market forces. In simplified version, they are as follows: