A response to Oxfam on its wealth statistics

Many thanks to Oxfam’s Ben Grossman-Cohen for responding in detail to my post about his wealth statistics

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How the middle class beat the world’s billionaires

The barbell has hit Davos squarely in the face, and Davos Man is down for the count.

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The toothless global elite have surrendered to Trump’s slick ambassador

Anthony Scaramucci is in his favorite place: the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Why so few world leaders showed up at the most elite conference of them all

The list of high-profile world leaders has completely disappeared, because it would be embarrassingly short.

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Nota bene #6

One of the non-obvious consequences of being named Felix is that you end up thinking quite a bit about the semantics of happiness.

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What Oxfam’s misleading stat gets wrong about inequality

What I would love to see is not a wealth ranking based on net worth (assets minus liabilities), but rather a wealth ranking based simply on assets.

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The Ballpoint Pen Edition

Slate Money discusses the mysterious history of Bic Cristal pens and Anthony Scaramucci’s White House assignment.

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The Pink Collar Edition

Slate Money discusses the growth of traditionally female caregiver jobs, which men often don’t want, and Trump’s debt ties.

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If you click on WSJ push notifications, you’re one in a million

Either that, or Greg Emerson has no idea what an order of magnitude is.

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When is a liar not a liar?

My response to Gerard Baker.

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The Craft Beer Edition

In this live episode, Slate Money talks small breweries and the economics of beer.

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The Doomed Youth Edition

Slate Money discusses the reality of China’s school systems and online media’s role in spreading ISIS propaganda.

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Nota bene #5

On Netflix, HBO, and the economics of video consumption in a post-broadcast world.

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Nota bene #4

I have something to say about lead.

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The Unhealthy Markets Edition

Slate Money discusses grading employees on their health and price-fixing generic drugs.

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Why the world’s elite won’t lift a finger to stop Trump

Maybe we should call it the Craven Caravan of Corporate Capitulation and Collaboration.

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Nota bene #3

A whine about wine

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Headlines matter

The purview of headlines needs to be wrested back from social-optimization teams.

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The Up in the Air Edition

Slate Money on United’s Basic Economy fare and Trump’s Air Force One negotiations.

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Nota bene #2

The answer to pretty much all traffic problems, it seems to me, is best addressed neither on the supply side nor on the demand side, but rather on the expectations side.

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A corrupt oligarchy is the best that America can hope for

Donald Trump has already broken America.

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The Munchkin Edition

Slate Money discusses Trump’s economic team.

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Nota bene #1

My first newsletter, about price rises at the New York Times and at auction houses.

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The Optimism Edition

Slate Money talks philanthropy with Laura Arnold.

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The Monopoly Money Edition

Slate Money on India’s demonetization and the practice of paying economists large sums to promote mergers.

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