Archive for December, 2019


Why Taxpayers Pay McKinsey $3M a Year for a Recent College Graduate Contractor

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few days ago, Ian MacDougall came out with a New York Times/ProPublica piece on how consulting giant McKinsey structured Trump immigration policy. Lots of people cover immigration. I’m going to discuss why the government buys overpriced services from McKinsey. (Spoiler: It goes back to, of course, Bill Clinton.)


The New York City Subway Map as You’ve Never Seen It Before - The New York Times

The city has changed drastically over the past 40 years, yet the M.T.A. map designed in 1979 has largely endured.


How Social Media Hacked Civic Conversation - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

The most recent issue of The Atlantic includes a fascinating article by Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell. It's titled, "The Dark Psychology of Social