Tickets into the Olympics

Michael Giberson Ticket scalping, like price gouging, is a usually pro-social market activity that is stuck with a pejorative name.  At Swifter, Higher, sportswriter Kyle Whelliston writes about his experience picking up a cheap ticket into the first hockey game of the Vancouver Olympics.  It wasn’t as easy as he hoped, but at a cost … More Tickets into the Olympics

Repugnance, Outrage, and Other Moral Excuses

Michael Giberson Bryan Caplan, in How Wise is Repugnance?,  questions Leon Kass’s argument that “repugnance is the emotional expression of deep wisdom.” (From Kass’s essay, “The Wisdom of Repugnance.”) Kass runs through a list of things that he thinks the reader will accept as obviously repugnant (incest, bestiality, mutilating corpses, cannibalism, and so on) and … More Repugnance, Outrage, and Other Moral Excuses

No Market Allowed for Desired Prayer Spaces

Michael Giberson Al Roth at Market Design, “Reserving spaces in crowded places,” notes that authorities are cracking down on the illegal practice of reserving prayer spaces and renting them out to worshipers.  He quotes from the Saudi Gazette: “It is forbidden to reserve places in the mosques, unless the person has left for urgent reasons … More No Market Allowed for Desired Prayer Spaces