Archive for the ‘economics’ Category

I never cease to be amazed at the creative applications made possible by the openess of the Internet. Case in point is the site My Cool Signs.Net. They take words or phrases of your choice and write them using letters that appear in photographs on Flickr. Simple and fun. Near as I can tell, they […]

Paul Krugman has written a new column arguing that the government should receive equity, ownership shares in the financial firms in return for the capital we’re going to inject into them. I agree with him, but I think that his column neglects a critical part of the case for ownership. At this point, absolutely no […]

Here is an excellent discussion of Obama’s economic program from David Leonhardt at the New York Times; after reading it I certainly I feel like I have a better grasp of Obama’s overall vision of the economy. What is interesting is the way that Obama integrates a very real appreciation of the virtues of unfettered […]

This from Glyn Moody at Open… “I’ve railed frequently against the con-trick of calling intellectual monopolies ‘intellectual property’, which tries to endow monopolies with the warm and fuzzy feeling people have for property.” This insight is going to find its way into my writing on intellectual monopolies from now on.

For awhile now, I’ve had the thought that an economy based on renewable energy might return to using sailing ships as working cargo ships. Apparently some other people had the same thought, and those people have actual engineering skills, access to capital, and a desire to work really hard for money. The ship pictured here […]

Alas, France


The thinking behind the collaboration of Vichy France during World War II: “Until late in the war, Petain and Laval were convinced that Britain would soon surrender; and Laval’s temporary replacment, Admiral Francois Darlan, believed that a German Europe was superior to one dominated by Britain…. For most of the war and in the crucial […]

In the future, lots of stuff will be given away free. So says Chris Anderson in an article over on Wired Online. Since Mr. Anderson is the man who gave us the concept of the Long Tail, which I thought was a brilliant piece of analysis, I figure his new article deserves at least a […]