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ABA Tax Section Reduces Support For Tax Profs

TaxProf Blog - I was sad to learn that at the Austin meeting the ABA Tax Section Council voted to significantly reduce the academic speaker and academic leadership reimbursement policy, retaining it only for academics who meet the Tax Section's definition of "young lawyer" (under 40 or less than 5 years in practice).

Price Gouging Technocratic Cranks

Economic Policy Journal - In The New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin provides a pretty decent explanation for why economists cheer on "price gouging" during disasters:[S]everal respected economists from the Milton Friedman school of free-market theory take it seriously. They contend that anti-gouging measures, by effectively enacting price controls during emergencies, remove the incentive for consumers to conserve essential supplies. They also say that the incentive for suppliers to bring goods to dangerous areas - or keep extra stock on-hand before disasters - becomes distorted in ways that hurt people..."

Manning the Gender Barricades

Inside Higher Ed - In True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century, Emily Skidmore describes how manhood in that day was as much a moral status as a sexual category, writes Scott McLemee.

A Surprising History of Trans Men in America

WCAI - In 1883, Frank Dubois was known in rural Wisconsin as a hard-working man, married to a young woman named Gertrude Fuller. What drew national attention to his seemingly unremarkable life was that he was revealed to be anatomically female.