Exelon’s John Rowe and Google’s Eric Schmidt: Truth to power?

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an interesting juxtaposition of two prominent executives performing sound public choice analyses, and I think they complement each other, at least in my work! This weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured an interview with Exelon’s John Rowe, A Life in Energy and (Therefore) Politics. Exelon is the third largest investor-owned utility/generation owner in … More Exelon’s John Rowe and Google’s Eric Schmidt: Truth to power?

What do the Occupy Wall Streeters care about? Haidt on the moral foundations of OWS

Michael Giberson At Reason.com, social psychologist Jonathon Haidt writes about the foundational moral concerns that animate the Zuccotti Park protestors.  Working from a Moral Foundations Theory* perspective, which Haidt and several others have developed, he said, “In my visit to Zuccotti Park, it was clear that the main moral foundation of OWS is fairness, followed … More What do the Occupy Wall Streeters care about? Haidt on the moral foundations of OWS

Praise for a New York Times article on natural gas fracking (Or, How property rights help mitigate potential environmental harms)

Michael Giberson I’m writing in praise of a New York Times article on natural gas fracking. Yes, really! Even more surprising, I’m writing in praise of a New York Times on fracking written by Ian Urbina. Yes, really! What is this marvel, you ask? I answer, “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” What is so … More Praise for a New York Times article on natural gas fracking (Or, How property rights help mitigate potential environmental harms)

Energy industry continues to reshape itself to fit the new world of oil and gas resources

Michael Giberson Two multi-billion dollar deals in the news this weekend provide additional evidence of how advances in drilling technology have unlocked vast new energy resources and are reshaping the energy industry. Norwegian oil company Statoil is paying about $4.4 billion for Brigham Exploration, getting “a stronger foothold in unconventional resources” according to the Wall … More Energy industry continues to reshape itself to fit the new world of oil and gas resources

Video: recent data on economic freedom and economic growth

Lynne Kiesling I first saw this outstanding short video a few weeks ago at the Students for Liberty Chicago conference. It does an excellent job of capturing recent data on economic performance and on economic freedom from the recently-released Economic Freedom of the World report that I discussed in late September. In particular, the video … More Video: recent data on economic freedom and economic growth

Horwitz and Carden on corporatism

Lynne Kiesling Steve Horwitz continues to provide excellent focal point arguments about political protests and crony corporatism. In his Freeman column yesterday, he elaborated on the arguments that I developed here earlier in the week and that others have made elsewhere, that the core problem underlying corporate power is its connection to government power: The … More Horwitz and Carden on corporatism