A Liberal Power Trip: Real Capitalism at the Movies

Michael Giberson A documentary on the media, Orwell Rolls Over in his Grave, opens today in the Washington, D.C., area, reminding me of the recent newspaper story in the Washington Post about the dominance of left-leaning view points in documentary movies (“Liberal Documentarians Are the Reel Majority“). The newspaper article by Tommy Nguyen asks why, … More A Liberal Power Trip: Real Capitalism at the Movies

Open Comments On Previous Entry

BTW, I’m opening the comments on the previous post for a week, because I’m really interested in getting feedback on these ideas. They are core components to some ongoing research in the hopper. So substantive comments are welcome! And yes, I know I need MT-Blacklist. But first I need to find the box where I’ve … More Open Comments On Previous EntryMore Open Comments On Previous Entry

Network Reliability As A Public Good, And What To Do About It

The ideas that have captured my attention recently (such as government funding of culture) have a central theme: the extent to which something is a public good, and what those public good characteristics imply for public policy. If a good (or service) has public good characteristics, does that fact necessarily imply that its provision should … More Network Reliability As A Public Good, And What To Do About ItMore Network Reliability As A Public Good, And What To Do About It

A (Hopefully Temporary) Change In Comment Policy

For the moment I have closed comments as the default, although I will probably open the most recent ones manually. In the past 4 days I’ve been comment spammed to the tune of 16,000 comments. And that’s with half of the posts already being closed! Once we get my computers up and running at home … More A (Hopefully Temporary) Change In Comment PolicyMore A (Hopefully Temporary) Change In Comment Policy

Mutually Beneficial Pedantry

On Tuesday I had a pedantic experience very similar to the one that Russ Roberts had in Provincetown with his daughter. I was in Linens ‘n Things, as one is when one moves house, and I ended up with more things in my hand than I expected. So I went back to the front for … More Mutually Beneficial PedantryMore Mutually Beneficial Pedantry

Does Lance Rock Or What?

There were a few cyclists at the IHS seminar at Bryn Mawr, and a few others following the Tour, so I did a good job of keeping up with the news through Friday. With the move (and the absence of DSL as of yet in the new home) I missed Lance’s outstanding sprint finish in … More Does Lance Rock Or What?More Does Lance Rock Or What?

Risk Taking And Our Renovation Contract

One of the intellectually interesting things to me about this house renovation experience has been our relationship with the plaster and wood renovator. He and his team have done a great job with our walls, many of which needed some serious TLC, and the wood looks amazing. The economic side of it, though, has not … More Risk Taking And Our Renovation ContractMore Risk Taking And Our Renovation Contract

The Homestead

Well … the move-in occurred Monday. Painless, really; much less arduous than moving out of the 4th-floor walkup condo. But the place is in total disarray, the DSL line hasn’t been installed yet, and I spent most of Tuesday making the bathroom functional, although we haven’t installed the medicine cabinet yet and my husband had … More The HomesteadMore The Homestead

Michael Dealessi On Overfishing

And while you’re at the Fraser Forum, also check out Michael DeAlessi’s article on using property rights to combat overfishing. Using property rights to address overfishing is a much-covered topic here at KP, and Michael’s new article adds to the already voluminous evidence that property rights over natural resources produce superior outcomes. … More Michael Dealessi On Overfishing

Culture And Government Spending

One of the delights of teaching at this IHS seminar this week has been getting acquainted with Jonathan Fortier, a specialist in romantic English literature who is a fellow at Liberty Fund. Jonathan and Jason Clemens of the Fraser Institute in Canada have written an article in the current Fraser Forum about government spending on … More Culture And Government SpendingMore Culture And Government Spending