Lynne Kiesling I’ve had a lovely morning catching up on some of Russ Roberts’ EconTalk podcasts. In particular, I listened back-to-back to Michele Boldrin discussing intellectual property and Paul Romer discussing growth, including intellectual property institutions, with Russ. As the show notes for the Boldrin podcast note, “Boldrin argues that copyright and patent are used … More Boldrin, Romer, and Roberts on Intellectual Property
Michael Giberson Robert Rapier asks what is likely the least frequently asked question ever: “What if I’m wrong?” Rapier explores that question with respect to his beliefs on peak oil and global warming, but it is good, all-around, general purpose question that should be put to more frequent use.
Michael Giberson From Platts Power Line blog, a discussion of the 1958 law banning of futures trading in onions and suggestions that Congress should contemplate the lessons from that experience before it gets too exciting about clamping down on speculation in energy commodities. The ban on onion futures trading, introduced by freshman congressman Gerald Ford … More Onions, Oil, Speculators, Congress
Lynne Kiesling The Museum of Modern Art is hosting an exhibition of James Ensor’s work. Ensor was a late 19th-early 20th century Belgian painter, and the best word I can think of to describe his work is … eclectic. From the NYT review of the exhibition: He was an aggrieved traditionalist with a pop-culture itch, … More Meet James Ensor, Belgium’s Famous Painter, at New York’s Moma