Kevin Cashman

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Grinnell College Embraces Neoliberal Fairy Tales About Divesting From Fossil Fuels

Grinnell College, acting under pressure from its community, agreed to create a task force to study divesting from fossil fuels. In their report, the Task Force dismisses divestment and instead recommends embracing neoliberal…

Seeing the Housing Bubble Was Easy for Some People

This is a list of selected work about the housing bubble from 2002 (before it burst) to fall 2007 (as it was bursting) from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Dean Baker’s…

Resources on the Protests in Nicaragua

It’s hard to know what’s been happening in Nicaragua based on the mainstream coverage of the recent protests. Here are some resources that add much-needed context.

Remote-Controlled Self-Driving Cars: Unworkable Technology for Unproven Technology

Although hype about self-driving vehicles is everywhere, the actual technology behind them is starting to disappoint. Early predictions about when fully autonomous vehicles — that is, vehicles that would never need a human…

If You’re Thinking about Automating Entire Occupations, Please Try to Understand Everything Those Jobs Entail

The Atlantic posted an interesting article on the effects of automation on people of color in driving occupations, specifically concerning bus drivers. My colleague Cherrie Bucknor and I wrote about the effects of…

“Can Uber Ever Deliver?” A Fantastic Series from Naked Capitalism

Since 2016, Naked Capitalism has been releasing a 14-part (edit now 16-part!) series by Hubert Horan that looks at Uber, the ride-hailing (read: taxi) company. I can’t recommend the series enough: it is a…

Airbnb Doesn’t Care About Discrimination (and Neither Does Uber)

There are some very good points and examples in a recent article about how Airbnb enables and permits discrimination on its hotel platform (and doesn’t care that it does). One thing that I’ll…

Does a Community Bike Ride that Costs Over $50 per Person Further Transportation Equity?

No, it doesn’t.  

Silicon Valley Is Screwing Up (and Hurting People)

Scott Alexander usually has takes I disagree with, and his new post “Silicon Valley: A Reality Check” is no exception. He tries to rehabilitate Silicon Valley by highlighting new startups that have an…

You Can’t Take Politics out of Science, so Why Try?

I’m a big fan of science, but not always a big fan of scientists. The March for Science reminds us that the politicization of science is bad, bad, bad. But how science is…

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