Troubling Trends

Episode 45 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson—the ultimate intimidator while on the mound. In this installment, Nick discusses several troubling trends, starting with America’s mass transit systems.

Despite ridership declines, government continues to pour taxpayer dollars into “keeping the rails greased.” Next, Nick questions why we’re not paying closer attention to environmental groups’ funding sources. Another troubling trend is the softening of American patriotism, revealed by a recent poll asking Americans if they would stand and fight if the U.S. was invaded. Also discussed are: NYU’s new class on Taylor Swift; Milton Friedman’s four ways to spend money; and, today’s anniversary of the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley.