Pro-liberty Reading to Take You into 2010

Lynne Kiesling Happy New Year’s Eve! At the turn of the year our thoughts naturally turn simultaneously toward reflection and the future. There are many dimensions of our lives in which the future looks more bleak for individual liberty and autonomy than they did a year ago, which is one reason why the Atlas Foundation’s … More Pro-liberty Reading to Take You into 2010

So Are You Fed Up Yet? I Am

Lynne Kiesling Another reason I’ve been staying away from the computer over the holidays is that between the Senate health care bill process, the futilely constructivist quest for government policy to stimulate the economy, proposals for financial regulation, and the craven stupidity of TSA policy proposals after the Christmas day bomb failure, I am fed … More So Are You Fed Up Yet? I Am

Crandall & Winston on Financial Regulation

Lynne Kiesling My thanks to Arnold Kling for the link to this October Forbes article from Robert Crandall and Clifford Winston remarking on financial regulation. They point out, correctly, that the re-examination and soul searching about macroeconomics in which we are currently engaged overlooks the great insights and policy successes that microeconomics-based deregulation have brought … More Crandall & Winston on Financial Regulation

Thanks for the Kp Design Input

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been staying away from the computer for most of the past two weeks — our vacation and then the relaxing holidays at home have been more about reading and knitting and spending time with the KP Spouse. But I have spent the past several hours tweaking the KP design on the dimensions … More Thanks for the Kp Design Input

Sarewitz/thernstrom La Times Op-ed on Leaked Climate Research Documents

Lynne Kiesling I am blissfully on vacation this week in Maui (biking, diving, snorkeling, swimming, and not spending time on the Internet), but did check in briefly this afternoon. For those of you interested in keeping up with the “politicization of science” and bastardization of the scientific method aspect of it that angers me the … More Sarewitz/thernstrom La Times Op-ed on Leaked Climate Research Documents

National Research Council Says Benefits from Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Decades Away

Michael Giberson The National Research Council has issued a study examining the costs and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and concluding that it will likely be decades before such vehicles yield benefits to overcome their higher initial costs.  From the press release: Costs of plug-in hybrid electric cars are high — largely due to … More National Research Council Says Benefits from Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles Decades Away

Is Our Morality Derived from Our Biology?

Lynne Kiesling Recently I found a striking essay from Marc Hauser, an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard who works in cognitive neuroscience. In this essay at Edge, Hauser argues that our biology is the source of our moral sense. Recent discoveries suggest that all humans, young and old, male and female, conservative and liberal, living in … More Is Our Morality Derived from Our Biology?

I Think I’d Rather Be Westinghoused

Michael Giberson Chevy Volt promotion, courtesy of Tom Fowler at NewsWatch: Energy, without further comment.

Electric Power Rate Reforms Needed for Smart Grid to Create Value

Michael Giberson In a white paper released yesterday, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) identified three requirements necessary for the smart grid to create value for residential customers: Pricing must provide incentives to manage energy use more efficiently and enable consumers to save money. Communication Standards must be open, flexible, secure, and limited in … More Electric Power Rate Reforms Needed for Smart Grid to Create Value

Cato Unbound: Hayek and the Common Law

Lynne Kiesling This month’s issue of Cato Unbound has a topic that sits at the core of the issues of interest here: Hayek’s concept of spontaneous order, its universality, and its applicability to orders beyond market processes, including the common law. Examples abound. No one individual or committee sets market prices; those who have tried … More Cato Unbound: Hayek and the Common Law