The “House of Cards” Belief System: When Ideology Trumps Evidence

If you can't justify your beliefs, you should question whether they're defensible beliefs. https://youtu.be/s1mxNc_5r5U Members of both sides of the political Left-Right spectrum have belief systems that resemble a fragile House of Cards. The fragility of such belief systems is symptomatic of ideological subjugation. Belief systems and worldviews that are grounded in ideology are fatally [...]

Climate Change: Economics, Evidence, and Religiosity

Religious dogma and activism have blinded many Americans to the scientific evidence. The modern environmental movement exhibits many of the elements of a religion. It has clergy members and laity members; environmental activists (and some scientists) are priests, while concerned students and citizens act as the nuns and lay brothers. It has its own eschatology - a [...]

The Equilibrium of Christian Theology: The Economics of Christianity – Pt. 4

AUTHOR’S NOTE: RECENTLY, I PARTICIPATED IN A RELIGIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT MERITOCRACY. I NOTICED THAT THE CONVERSATION WAS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FOCUSED ON ECONOMIC SUBJECTS, SUCH AS HOW RESOURCES SHOULD BE ALLOCATED, BUT WAS DEVOID OF ECONOMIC CONCEPTS AND VOCABULARY. THIS ARTICLE IS AN ATTEMPT TO UTILIZE MODERN ECONOMICS TO DESCRIBE THE IMPLICATIONS OF VARIOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF [...]

The Economics of Meritocracy: The Economics of Christianity – Pt. 2

Author's Note: Recently, I participated in a religious conversation about meritocracy. I noticed that the conversation was almost exclusively focused on economic subjects, such as how resources should be allocated, but was devoid of economic concepts and vocabulary. This article is an attempt to utilize modern economics to describe the implications of various interpretations of [...]

The Political Distribution of Christians: The Economics of Christianity – Pt. 1

Author's Note: Recently, I participated in a religious conversation about meritocracy. I noticed that the conversation was almost exclusively focused on economic subjects, such as how resources should be allocated, but was devoid of economic concepts and vocabulary. This article is an attempt to utilize modern economics to describe the implications of various interpretations of [...]

Correlation, Causation & BAD POLICY

You probably have heard the phrase “correlation vs. causation” many times. Bottom line: Correlation DOES NOT equal causation.While this phrase gets thrown around quite a bit, there are distinct technical definitions for both of these terms that aren’t always comprehended. While this bottom line is ubiquitously touted by media personalities and political leaders to rebut [...]

How Does COVID-19 Affect Nursing Homes?

Introduction COVID-19 has traumatized the world. While virtually all Americans have felt the economic scourge of the pandemic, the actual risk of death is heavily biased against senior citizens.¹Some of the most vulnerable individuals reside in nursing homes.² Nursing home administrators need to understand what risks put their patients in danger.³ Government executives and legislators [...]

Do Countries’ Income Levels Drive Immigration?

INTRODUCTION: Regardless of political loyalty, immigration is a key issue to Americans. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration was one of the most important political topics to both the general public and to politicians. A 2018 Gallup report found that immigration was the second most important issue to American voters.¹ Almost 12 million people have been [...]