Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Bottom-Up Revolution in Trucking

There’s a strong argument to be made that the Jimmy Carter administration was the most libertarian-friendly of the last half-century. One of the administration’s signal accomplishments was the deregulation of the trucking industry. Jesse Walker tells the story: Consider the … Continue reading

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Why Geeks Hate the iPad

Alex Payne, an engineer at Twitter, explains why he’s “disturbed” by the iPad: The thing that bothers me most about the iPad is this: if I had an iPad rather than a real computer as a kid, I’d never be … Continue reading

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Authority vs. Involvement in the News Business

Via Mike Masnick, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has a great piece explaining what’s at stake in the paywall debate: The second issue it raises is the one of ‘authority’ versus ‘involvement’. Or, more crudely, ‘Us versus Them’. Again, this is … Continue reading

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The New York Times vs. Google

In Tuesday’s post about the New York Times and its paywall, I made the passing comment that Sergey Brin and Larry Page might be able to design a paywall that wouldn’t hurt the paper’s bottom line. But after thinking about … Continue reading

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The Case against the iPad

Apple released a new product, called the iPad, today. For those of you who don’t spend your days glued to Twitter, you can view all the details at Apple’s website. I’m not impressed. I’m a lifelong Mac fanboy, so I’m … Continue reading

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Boaz on Avatar

My erstwhile boss David Boaz says that Avatar is an allegory about property rights: People have traveled to Pandora to take something that belongs to the Na’vi: their land and the minerals under it. That’s a stark violation of property … Continue reading

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Will the NYTimes Paywall “Work?”

The New York Times says it plans to introduce a paywall next year. Tom Lee says it won’t work. Jerry Brito says it might: If the NYT website’s readership is like anything else, there’s probably a power law at work. … Continue reading

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Chris Berg on Haiti and Immigration

Chris Berg makes the case for expanded immigration from Haiti to the West: According to a 2008 study by the Centre for Global Development, Haitian immigrants in the US earn on average six times more than equally educated Haitians who … Continue reading

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Corporate Personhood and the Bill of Rights

An oft-repeated criticism of the Citizens United decision is that the protections enumerated in the Bill of Rights apply to individuals, not corporations. This is an argument that seems plausible on first glance, but as Julian nicely illustrates, it falls … Continue reading

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Verisign Angling for No-Bid Contract Renewal

I’ve updated my disclosure statement, which now includes all sources of income through the end of 2009. The only significant change is the addition of an honorarium I received from a firm called “Qualitative Insights” for participating last month in … Continue reading

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