Other aspects of Chicago politics: Cook County Commission’s sales tax increase

Lynne Kiesling While you are at the Chicago Tribune editorial page reading the local media commentary on our [sarcasm]humble and noble public servant Governor Blagoevich[/sarcasm], take a look at the sales tax calendar: Here’s the story: our Cook County government is allegedly full of a lot of the types of patronage politics that we’ve been … More Other aspects of Chicago politics: Cook County Commission’s sales tax increaseMore Other aspects of Chicago politics: Cook County Commission’s sales tax increase

I’m gonna plagiarize Ed Lopez’s philosophy here, because it’s mine too

Lynne Kiesling In the comments on Will Wilkinson’s post to which I just linked, Ed Lopez offers a statement of philosophy that expresses my own beliefs more clearly and eloquently than I am capable of doing: Your post is why I consider myself a philosophical anarchist. I would love to have a government to which … More I’m gonna plagiarize Ed Lopez’s philosophy here, because it’s mine tooMore I’m gonna plagiarize Ed Lopez’s philosophy here, because it’s mine too

Tom Friedman and Don Boudreaux: arguments against the auto bailout

Lynne Kiesling Tom Friedman and Don Boudreaux are making different, but complementary, arguments against the auto bailout. If you think that you recognize Tom Friedman’s argument in his most recent NYT column, you should: he is analyzing Better Place and its business model, which I did in this post from December 5. One important point … More Tom Friedman and Don Boudreaux: arguments against the auto bailoutMore Tom Friedman and Don Boudreaux: arguments against the auto bailout

More on constitutional institutional design and corruption

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday when I was channeling my inner Jenny Holzer on the relationship between political power and corruption, I quoted James Madison in the comments: In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige … More More on constitutional institutional design and corruptionMore More on constitutional institutional design and corruption