Why SF’s DA race matters

A city’s District Attorney wields an incredible amount of unchecked power. “The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America,” Former U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson said.  SF is about to elect our next DA. The stakes are high. A good DA will follow in former SF DA … [Read more…]

More on the Nazi problem

Since the latest “our friends turned out to be secret Nazis” episode, I’ve been thinking about Nazi-adjacent ideas. I’m guessing that for some people, the link between ideas that are merely conservative and ideas that are white supremacist or misogynistic isn’t obviously clear. And maybe ideas I’ve been lumping together don’t fit as closely or … [Read more…]

Encouraging homeownership increases income inequality

A new working paper from the Dutch central bank shows that subsidizing people’s home mortgages mostly helps wealthier-than-average people buy bigger houses than they would’ve otherwise. It also drives up the price of land and exacerbates income inequality. Business lending, on the other hand, reduces income inequality. The authors wondered why income inequality is greater … [Read more…]

What the Fuck is Wrong with San Francisco? – NIMBYs

In San Francisco, it’s nearly impossible to build any kind of housing without a public hearing. In a city with a severe shortage of housing that’s causing knock-on effects ranging from homelessness and staggering income inequality to mass displacement and environmental degradation, our leadership supports allowing neighbors to appeal a permit for nearly any reason, … [Read more…]