Monthly Archives: September 2010

Top-Down Sentence of the Day

“Development and socialization of the Implementation Plan with public and private sector stakeholders will leverage interagency processes and forums in place today to maintain momentum.” People actually write sentences like that. And they don’t seem to be doing it ironically.

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The Actual Road to Serfdom

With the rise of the Tea Party, it’s become fashionable for folks on the right to warn that the Obama administration’s policies are pushing us down the “road to serfdom.” Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, for example, warns that reckless … Continue reading

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Liberalism and Economic Freedom

In recent months, Matt Yglesias has had a series of excellent posts about the anti-competitive effects of regulations on barbers, dental hygienists, tour guides, and various other industries. And each post has been greeted by a chorus of condemnation from … Continue reading

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James Scott: Bottom-up Thinker

A few months ago, I began to notice that all the smart people I knew, including several readers of this blog, were recommending that I read James Scott’s Seeing Like a State. By happy coincidence, Cato’s monthly magazine, Cato Unbound … Continue reading

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Market Extremism in Spectrum Policy

I was pleased that Jerry Brito invited me back as a repeat guest on his podcast, Surprisingly Free Conversations. We talked about network neutrality, spectrum policy, and software patents. I thought it came out really well, and I encourage you … Continue reading

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Taxes and Inequality in Greater Greater Washington

The Washington City Paper has a profile of David Alpert, who runs the excellent Greater Greater Washington blog (and has been known to read Bottom-Up on occasion). The City Paper says Alpert has used the GGW blog to become “arguably … Continue reading

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