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I heart Tim Harford. He does great stuff in popular economics. Too bad his lessons won't be heard in the capitals of deficits and grand designs. Perhaps we can call it evolutionary economics for dummies. Think of the organization -- any organization -- as an organism. This organism is the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Lately I've noticed a cliche meming about in the chatterscape: one side accuses the other of not engaging in "grown up" conversation. It's used so much lately that - if you read - you'll already be tired of it by now. But Kevin Williamson says something a little subtler in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
So has the political response to global warming ever been about mitigation? It doesn't appear so. Whatever you think about science of climate change, one cannot deny that: There is big money in climate change policy for special interests. There is big money in climate change policy for climate scientists,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
WARNING: Free or Equal peek. If you want to wait till Fall 2011, public television will air this in its entirety... Otherwise, enjoy this extensive 15-minute preview. Yesterday I reminded readers about Milton Friedman's Century. Some of you will want to celebrate by inviting a speaker. Others will want to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Here in 2011, we're starting to see the first stirrings of interest in Milton Friedman's Century. The momentum is building. Organizations like the John Locke Foundation, the Seasteading Institute and Reason have committed to celebrating in some way. Now it's your turn. Will your organization: Write an op-ed? Hold an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at My Blog
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at My Blog
Interpelando o novo Ministro da Educação, Ana Benavente, no Público de ontem, perguntava: Tem afirmado publicamente a sua conceção de uma Escola centrada em três pilares: exames (muitos), que servirão para avaliar alunos e professores, conteúdos disciplinares estritos e prova de entrada na profissão docente. Como garante que tais orientações... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Esta notícia, apesar do seu título, comporta duas versões para o (muito) provável emagrecimento da actual rede ferroviária pelo que haverá que aguardar para sabermos da real extensão do encerramento de linhas. A propósito dela, Luís Menezes Leitão, escreve: "Confesso que não consigo deixar de encarar esta medida como um... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Há tempos falava aqui desta notícia: ¿Derroche? España es el país europeo con más AVE, autopistas y aeropuertos, notícia que o jornal ABC retomou ontem em Aeropuertos fechados, escala a ninguma parte. O Fontismo, espécie de keynesianismo avant la lettre, deu no que deu. Em Portugal deu, por exemplo, nisto:... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
António José Seguro, no frente a frente no programa de Mário Crespo, não percebe a diferença entre Contabilidade Pública (óptica de caixa, isto é, entradas e saídas de dinheiro) e Contabilidade Nacional (óptica das responsabilidades incorridas e das receitas relevadas). Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Um abraço ao Paulo Tunhas pelo "empréstimo" de há 30 anos Mais um excelente texto de Robert Murphy, a propósito deste artigo da BBC News. Murphy referencia igualmente o não menos excelente trabalho de Benjamin Powell, Ryan Ford, Alex Nowrasteh, sob o título Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
The NLRB’s decision to go after Boeing building in South Carolina really is a good example of how the Administration’s policies are making the economic outlook worse. They are continually creating more uncertainty in the business world with the companies that create employment. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
GM has recalled over 15.5 million cars worldwide this year, and well over 25 million in the last decade, according to Reuters: Wednesday's two recalls add to a string this year that covers almost 11.8 million vehicles in the United States, topping the previous full-year high of 10.7 million vehicles... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Now that it looks almost certain that Illinois Sen. Roland Burris lied under oath about his contacts with impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (and had that perjury covered up by another Chicago Dem for over one week while the vote occurred), one has to wonder why President Obama reversed his... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Robert Anson Heinlein, often called the "dean of science fiction writers," was born 105 years ago today. Heinlein's writing stressed the importance of individual liberty and self reliance, the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought, and the influence of organized religion on culture and government, among myriad other topics.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
Robert Anson Heinlein, often called the "dean of science fiction writers," was born 105 years ago today. Heinlein's writing stressed the importance of individual liberty and self reliance, the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought, and the influence of organized religion on culture and government, among myriad other topics.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
A federal judge nominated by President Obama has overturned the prior rulings of Michigan election officials and issued an injunction placing Rep. John Conyers' name back on the primary ballot despite his not having enough valid petition signatures. The ruling was made by US District Court Judge Matthew Leitman, who... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
In 1521 Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and a heretic by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.In 1787 the Constitutional Convention was convened in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.In 1803 author, poet, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
In 1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan.In 1865 arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi. In 1868the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal, by one vote, on the last two of three charges.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
In 1794 shipping and railroad entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt was born in Staten Island, NY. In 1819 abolitionist Julia Ward Howe was born in New York City. In 1837 Wild Bill Hickock was born in Troy Grove, IL. In 1894 author Dashiell Hammett was born in St. Mary's County, MD. In... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog
In 1533 England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid. In 1759 British prime minister William Pitt the Younger was born in Kent, England. At 24-years-old, he was the youngest man to ever become prime minister. In 1863 the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at My Blog