What is Common Cents?

This blog is a collection of my thoughts on politics, economic policy, popular culture, academia, and whatever else I feel like posting about. I will mainly approach things from an economic perspective, because economics, particularly macroeconomics, is awesome. It’s public policy with correct answers. I will also try to write as plainly and concisely as possible.

As for my worldview, I would describe myself as  Utilitarian. The ultimate guiding principle behind every policy decision should be to produce the greatest utility for the greatest number of people. In America, this makes me a strong Democrat. On social issues, I’m moderately liberal. I believe in equality for all, but I also don’t think we should tear up every institution and tradition in an attempt to achieve this. On economic issues, I guess I would be called a social democrat. I agree with every economic policy put forth by Bernie Sanders in his 2016 campaign: single payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free public colleges, and high taxes on the wealthy to pay for it all. I don’t support these policies because I hold some abstract notion of fairness that we need to achieve, or because I hate rich people. I support these policies because they produce the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

If you agree with me, please continue to visit this site for articles you’ll love. If you DISAGREE with me, I STRONGLY urge you to keep visiting this site. I think, if you just bear with me, you’ll be convinced.