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Justin Tapp
Small business consultant, online business and economics instructor, and EFL teacher in Turkey. Committed husband, loving father, trained economist, world traveler.
Small business consultant, online business and economics instructor, and EFL teacher in Turkey. Committed husband, loving father, trained economist, world traveler.

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Don't sign the petition. A letter to the editor of the Scott County News-Graphic
One of my 2017 resolutions was to write more letters, and I hope to publish some, along with their responses, here. The News-Graphic recently published a letter I wrote . Context: the local school board election in November was basically a referendum on bui...

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Immigration is just trade by another name. @jbarro
When you buy a finished product made in Taiwan or Brazil, you purchase the factors of its production that went into making it. ( See previous example with a pencil ; the uncoordinated actions of thousands of people from diverse countries combine to make eve...

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Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (Book Review #1 of 2017)
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain . Free to read on I was eager to check out this book because I have read several books by American travelers of Europe and the Middle East in the 1800s and saw Twain's description of Istanbul referenced in Orh...

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Trade achieves peace and cooperation better than formal diplomacy could ever dream.
One of my favorite videos to show to my students is Episode 1 of Milton Friedman's Free to Choose where he visits Hong Kong, Scotland, and his local farmer's market. Trade unites the nations and languages in a particular way that often goes unappreciated, a...

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Trade benefits the poorest of the poor. Isn't that a Progressive ideal?
Freer trade sends jobs to the places that need the jobs the most. "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" Trump tweeted. The President has loudly proclai...

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Some trade is better than no trade, so...
...the more trade, the better. That has actually been the official position of the US government, along with much of the West, since WWII and the Bretton Woods conference that led to the creation of the IMF, World Bank, the Global Agreement on Tariffs and T...

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How to get started learning SQL
Last August (2016) I got a new job that required me to learn SQL immediately , specifically for MS SQL Server and SAS. Initially, however, all I had access to on my work machine was MS Access. I had a host of "learn SQL quickly" books but two stood out as t...

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (Book Review #84 of 2016)
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis I picked up this book because I wanted to both understand my neighbors better as well as the motivation behind the rust-belt surge for Trump in November. I'm from Kentucky and live in a town simi...

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Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks (Book Review #83 of 2016)
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks I listened to this book on a long holiday drive at roughly the same time I finished reading JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Bobos in Paradise (2000) explains the rise of the me...

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The Road to Character by David Brooks (Book Review #82 of 2016)
The Road to Character by David Brooks (Two stars) I followed this book up later with Brook's earlier work Bobo's in Paradise. I suspect from comparing the two books, and what I read in his NY Times columns, that Road to Character is basically a dump of biog...
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