It's an interesting idea.
I generally disagree with some of the premise, but I do think it's interesting. Taking advantage of one's health and youth while one has it seems tempting.
On the other hand, worker productivity presumably goes down pretty fast once the worker in question is in their 60s-70s, just because they're getting older, so there may not be anyone who wants to employ them.
You've also got the issue that social security benefits do somewhat depend on how much someone earned in their life (I believe, I'm no expert) - so what would be the benefit someone takes in their 30th year?
Yep. I wanted to lay out a somewhat more detailed accounting of it, as a basis for future work on how institutions are designed - and how they should be designed, if we want them to be more effective.
I look forward to reading it.
Unfortunately, I'm not optimistic about any of these changes actually happening; from what little I know a constitutional convention seems necessary, and that seems well outside the realm of the possible.
I like the idea, especially for the experimentation in governance it would foster.
One possible issue is that the democrat/republican divide often tends to be urban/rural, rather than by state.
Ideally, this sort of change would be accompanied by a redrawing of state lines, enabling both a) more than 50 states and b) better alignments of geography/population to statehood.
I think that this is broadly correct. One of the biggest problems of health care in America is that the feedback mechanisms that control cost (such as honest and public prices) are completely broken, and fixing them would likely go a large way towards solving the problem.
I have no idea how these would be implemented - I'm not well enough versed in the practical realities of politics and legislation. What are House Rules?
For some of them, I agree - a constitutional amendment would be ideal.
Can we enhance medical devices to the point where an MRI is as easy and cheap to use and own as a thermometer?
What US state are you most optimistic about, with regards to progress, development, YIMBYism, investment, higher education, and so on?
What about pessimistic?
In e.g. 50 years, what states do you think will have trended upwards vs. downwards from now?
I've followed your work on Construction Physics, Brian, and I've enjoyed it immensely and learned a ton!