American Politics

The minimum wage lie

The minimum wage lie

With the minimum wage set to increase beginning next week in the state of Connecticut, we are once again reminded that our political leaders believe themselves to be more competent than the free market and the individual actors who operate within it. Though the narrative is routinely given precedence, here is the fact of the matter: Wage floors only help the politicians who promise them.  

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

On Sept. 1, it will have been 80 years since Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. The war would claim roughly 70 million lives and feature some of humanity’s lowest and most shameful episodes. When people look at the contemporary political situation in the United States and choose to label the current administration as similar to 1930s Europe, inevitably most on the political right, and even certain moderates, will call this an exaggeration.