comparative-politics

The government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high

Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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Fourteen countries that don’t have debt ceilings and are not on fire

It's not the most airtight of arguments, but it's worth noting that it's totally possible to (a) not have a statutory limit on government debt and (b) not be engulfed in flames.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2013
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The U.S. has a $7.25 minimum wage. Australia’s is $16.88

The U.S. and Japan are tied for lowest minimum wage as a share of the median.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 19, 2013
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America’s taxes are the most progressive in the world. Its government is among the least.

Compared to peer countries, the U.S. taxes the rich quite heavily. But it doesn't spread what money it collects as equitably.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 5, 2013
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Why Congress can’t seem to get anything done

University of Michigan political scientist George Tsebelis talks about his concept of "veto players," whether it's too hard to get stuff done in the American political system, and why we should adopt the Single Transferable Vote system.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 26, 2013
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No, America’s peaceful transitions of power are not special

Lamar Alexander was very proud of the U.S.'s ability to move between presidents without mass bloodshed. Hooray?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 21, 2013
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Study: The U.S. government has way too many overlapping programs

For any given program, the government usually has several if not dozens of programs. That's not just confusing. It's a big problem.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 10, 2012
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