Regulating Social Media as a Public Utility

By James Dail (CMC ’20) On April 10th and 11th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress over the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a British Data Analytics firm, compromised the data of more than 50 million Facebook users in order to try and influence the 2016 Presidential Election. The hearings were about Facebook’s ability to…

Noncompete Clauses and the Depression of Wages

By James Dail (CMC ’20) One of the most consequential macroeconomic phenomenon of the past half-century has been widespread wage stagnation. From 1979 to 2016, wages have barely grown at all (and in some cases have declined) for the lowest sixty percent of workers by income distribution. The average yearly rate of inflation from 1979…

Janus v. AFSCME and the Future of Unions

By James Dail (CMC ’20) Should someone be compelled to pay a fee to an organization whose values they do not agree with? This is the key question in the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME, although its effects will be more far-reaching than only answering a question about freedom of speech. If the Court…

The Fair Representation Act

By James Dail (CMC ’20) Something has gone horribly wrong with Congress. In 2015, there was a study done analyzing Congressional Roll Call Vote Data that found that over the past sixty years, there has been a marked increase in the partisanship of Congress. This has led to fewer Democrats voting for Republican sponsored bills…

Healing Partisanship Through National Service

By James Dail (CMC ’20) The thing that makes the United States unique among most nations is that Americans are not united by a common race or culture, but by a shared ideal. As it stands however, there is little agreement over what that ideal actually is. Majorities of Democrats believe that diversity and immigration…