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I prefer to answer questions on economics and policy issues, but most questions about anything are welcome. I obviously don't guarantee answers to questions I find inappropriate. 

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Communism or Facism? 

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Thoughts on DART?

Forgive me because you might have expressed this already and I may have forgotten, but who is your ideal candidate for 2020? Why do you want (x) candidate to win?

How can anyone conceivably beat Biden? (You don't have to answer this if you don't want to, he probably will win)

How many economics-related classes have you taken, if any?

Why is capital so much more important than labor in the eyes of many?

What should the minimum wage be, or do you advocate for one at all? Why?

What financial struggles do you think Gen Z will face?















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Do you still support affirmative action and if so, why? 

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Who do you want to win the democratic nomination?

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Thoughts on DART?
Seems pretty cool. Not particularly active on here. 

Forgive me because you might have expressed this already and I may have forgotten, but who is your ideal candidate for 2020? Why do you want (x) candidate to win?
I honestly dunno enough about economics, international relations, or public policy to have a good answer.

How can anyone conceivably beat Biden? (You don't have to answer this if you don't want to, he probably will win)
Seems plausible that he loses to me -- particularly given his record, sexual harassment accusations, and his relatively poor performance in debates.

How many economics-related classes have you taken, if any?
Official classes, just a basic high school level one. However, independently, I got a 5 on the AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics exams (self-studied) and have read or am in the process of reading textbooks in intermediate microeconomics with calculus, partially intermediate macroeconomics, development economics, and public finance. 

Why is capital so much more important than labor in the eyes of many?
I dunno what it means for capital to be “more important” than labor. If you mean in terms of boosting economic growth, it’s because people usually want to boost long-run per capita growth and not just overall GDP growth, so an increase in the number of people working doesn’t affect long-run growth in theory -- other things being equal. 

What should the minimum wage be, or do you advocate for one at all? Why?
Undecided, because the research is really mixed and I’ve not read too many papers.

What financial struggles do you think Gen Z will face?
I dunno. Depends on which country I guess. Not sufficiently informed. 

Do you still support affirmative action and if so, why? 
In some contexts, yes, because it has -- in some contexts -- been shown to offset existing discrimination, create role models, and break stereotypes about minorities. It might also have a “critical mass effect,” in which a critical mass of minority individuals leads to better policies for other members of the same community. This needs to be balanced against the negative effects, such as backlash, however, and I’m not 100% certain where to strike that balance. 
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I dunno -- not enough knowledge.
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Do you consider yourself far-left or center-left?
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Do you consider yourself far-left or center-left?
Center-left or even centrist, I think.

Fairly left-wing on social issues -- marriage equality, abortion, social justice, criminal justice, etc. -- with some exceptions (e.g., I’m undecided about gun control). Centrist on social policy (education, health, and welfare) and economic policy. No knowledge whatsoever about foreign policy.

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Communism or Facism? 
Both are pretty terrible, but in varying degrees -- communism is much better than fascism, in my view.

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In practise no it isn't. In theory, well... 
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What is the best thing you know?

What is the worst thing you know?
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What is your favorite meme?
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What is the best thing you know?

What is the worst thing you know?
I have no idea.
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What is your favorite meme?
I dunno.

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I have no idea.
This can be any metric.

You can say I like apples as your best.
You can say I dislike Canda as your worst.

Since I like answer that mean more. Could you do that instead?
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Thoughts on the idea of de-extinction? 
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No thoughts
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How about your thoughts on a UBI for America? 
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How about your thoughts on a UBI for America? 
It’s a tough question. I think—not too much credence in this—I’d prefer a negative income tax.