Michael Giberson Two foreign policy initiatives, both began in mid-March, one a year old and the other started ten years ago, have had dramatically different effects on the world. Eric Shierman celebrates the wiser of the two efforts: I have considered writing about the Iraq War on the tenth anniversary of our collective, bi-partisan decision … More Two Foreign Policy Initiatives Contrasted
Lynne Kiesling Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing highlights the Supreme Court’s copyright decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. Briefly, Wiley wanted the court to enforce copyright in a way that restricts the flow of book purchases across geographic regions (i.e., limiting the ability to buy cheaper versions elsewhere online). Clearly Wiley was attempting … More You Are Not Entitled to a Profitable Business Model
Lynne Kiesling Veronique de Rugy has a great argument for ending farm subsidies in the April issue of Reason (and yes, do read the whole thing, well worth your time). Farm subsidies are the canonical example of the dynamics of Mancur Olson’s Logic of Collective Action — concentrated benefits and dispersed costs lead to the … More Farm Subsidies and Entrenched Wealth
Michael Giberson In dry Texas, water use has been one of the bigger of the policy complaints tossed into the policy whirlwind surrounding hydraulic fracturing. A number of water quantity related bills are currently circulating in the Texas legislature and the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulated oil and gas drilling in the state) has considered … More Should Governments Raise the Cost of Water Used in Fracking?
Michael Giberson Well, not free-free, but subsidy-free. Maybe. When I read a headline promising “Solar Power to Hit Cost Parity Next Year,” it reminds me of the sign above the bar promising “Free Beer Tomorrow.” Like tomorrow, “next year” is always approaching and never here. RP Siegel begins his Triple Pundit article, “Solar Power to Hit … More Free Solar Power Tomorrow!
Michael Giberson A few days ago Shawn Regan and I had an op-ed that appeared in the Denver Post‘s Idea Log online section, “Promoting cooperation instead of conflict on public lands.” We begin: Energy and the environment are often at odds. As America’s energy production reaches record levels, controversies over the environmental impacts of energy … More Promoting Cooperation Instead of Conflict on Public Lands
Lynne Kiesling Reason’s been knocking it out of the park lately. Consider this article from Jim Epstein on doctors who have chosen to set up their practices to provide direct primary care. They don’t take insurance, they consult with patients in more flexible ways, and they charge lower fees as a result. This model is … More Jim Epstein: Doctors Going off the Insurance Grid
Lynne Kiesling Apparently I’m not the only one musing on the relationship between social media and RSS readers. Since I wrote the previous post, this Ars Technica post has suggested that Google will fold Reader into Google+. To which I respond: Meh. Too social. Too visual. Not mobile friendly because it uses too much screen … More Google Reader Coda: Will It Become Social Media?
Lynne Kiesling I am fascinated by all of the discussion of Google’s decision yesterday to terminate Google Reader effective July 1. I recall Reader’s origins in 2004, when I was thrilled to find a way to scan news items and blog posts, mark some for further, deeper reading, and organize my reading into my several … More Google Reader is Popular, So Why Discontinue It?
Lynne Kiesling Well, this winter’s been more hectic than I anticipated! Teaching three classes with two new course preps, a paper at the Public Choice Society meetings, helping coordinate our search for two new members of our department’s teaching/lecturer faculty … and I haven’t been here in a while! One fun thing I did in … More Reason Book Review, Silver and Weatherall