Phi Beta Cons

The Glut of STEM Degrees

Lately, I’ve been writing about the labor “gluts” that have built up in some of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines. These gluts have caused such mischief as driving down the average starting salary for chemistry majors with bachelor’s degrees so that they earn the same as recent sociology grads. The existence of these gluts contradicts the conventional wisdom that we need more STEM graduates to compete in the global economy.

Now I tackle that conventional wisdom head on, discussing how the same people that gave you the big-government welfare state that is working so well also have an utopian vision of the economy when it comes to education. This vision — of a futuristic technological paradise — guarantees such labor gluts and ignores real opportunities that are right in front of us today.

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Law & the Courts

Yes, There Was FBI Bias

There is much to admire in Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz’s highly anticipated report on the FBI’s Clinton-emails investigation. Horowitz’s 568-page analysis is comprehensive, fact-intensive, and cautious to a fault. It is also, nonetheless, an incomplete exercise — it omits half ... Read More
U.S.

Yes, Hillary Should Have Been Prosecuted

I know this is ancient history, but — I’m sorry — I just can’t let it go. When historians write the definitive, sordid histories of the 2016 election, the FBI, Hillary, emails, Russia, and Trump, there has to be a collection of chapters making the case that Hillary should have faced a jury ... Read More
Sports

Let the World Have Soccer

The United States of America did not qualify for the World Cup this year. Good for us. Soccer is corrupt, hyper-regulated, impoverished by a socialist-style fondness for rationing, and organized to strangle human flourishing. It is so dependent on the whims of referees that is in effect a helpless captive of the ... Read More