Michael Madrid

Life is complicated enough. Let’s Simplify

Legalize Housing

We have a housing crisis because we are not building the housing our communities need.  We are not building because building new housing, especially multifamily, is outlawed or restricted by zoning codes, “preservation”, endless project reviews and permitting, and frivolous multi-year lawsuits from recalcitrant Nimbys. 

Let’s get rid of the barriers and build, build, build.

Free our Streets

Car culture has made our streets polluted, congested and dangerous.  Traffic accidents kill 37,000 Americans each year. 

Good news is that, especially in dense cities like NYC, we have huge opportunities to transition to safer, cheaper, cleaner, and FASTER transport. Bus lanes, bike lanes, and micro-mobility give people cleaner often faster choices than cars. And taking some cars off the road makes travel faster for those who need to drive.

Decrim Now

Our laws and law enforcement should protect us from actual danger, not prevent people from controlling their own bodies, or policing recreational drugs, or even jaywalking(!).

While sex work has some dangers, we countenance many dangerous occupations, from construction, to farming and transportation.  We should only take the very serious steps of enforcement and incarceration on acts which actually harm people. Otherwise, let’s let people live their lives.

Basic Income

Covid has illustrated how disruptive is the world we live in. But even in the best of times, the technology and trade which enriches our society also upend traditional jobs and careers.

We need a safety net which cushions individuals from the bad disruptions and allows us to take advantage of good ones.

And we need a safety net which does this efficiently and comprehensively, rather than the haphazard collection of bloated agencies and misdirected measures which fall short in good times and fail miserably in crises.

Basic income gives us this safety net. In good times it lets people retool and get back in the game. And in crises, it helps people survive.

Green the Market

Climate change is real and we need effective solutions to it fast. Unfortunately what’s on offer is either inaction, non-solutions like fracking bans, counterproductive steps like closing nuclear plants, or boondoggles like the Green New Deal, which aren’t really about the environment

There’s a simple solution: price pollution so people pollute less.  And remove all subsidies and preferences, and cut spending for large polluters such as energy companies, farmers, steel, and the military.

Software Engineer, Economist, Teacher, Dad

Pictured here teaching the youth of tomorrow to have appropriate respect for the unquestioned norms of yesteryear.