Posts tagged Economics

Network Effects

Ten years ago, in the coercive market power of insurmountable natural monopolies…

Shared Article from the Guardian

Victor Keegan: Will MySpace ever lose its monopoly?

[8 Feb. 2007.] Rupert Murdoch's influence could eventually extend in ways that would make his grip on satellite television seem parochial, says Victor…

Victor Keegan @

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said–“Two vast and linkless walls of text
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its photographer well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And in the blurb these words appear:
My name is MYSPACE, Site of Sites;
Look on my Networks, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
Some retired indie band’s demo track begins to play….”

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">Broken windows in Vancouver. John, <cite></cite> (2011-06-17)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-06-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Wrongful Convictions. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-06-07)</a>. <q>When Paul House was finally released from prison in 2008, he was a specter of the man who had been sentenced to death more than 22 years earlier. When I visit his home in Crossville, Tennessee, in March, House’s mother Joyce, who has cared for him since his release, points...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-06-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Eating Steak On Rare Occasions. <cite>Not Always Right | Funny &amp; Stupid Customer Quotes</cite> (2011-06-17)</a>. Paging Dr. Adams. Dr. Carol Adams, stat. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-06-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">On Bottom-Up Liberalism &amp; Pity-Charity Liberalism. E.D. Kain, <cite>The League of Ordinary Gentlemen</cite> (2011-06-16)</a>. <q>I’ve been thinking about bottom-up liberalism and pity-charity liberalism a lot lately, and the whole mess of ideas that swirl around between the two. Essentially, Mike Konczal thinks that growth plus safety nets is insufficient. Without a government fighting for full employment and increased worker bargaining rights, you get “pity-charity...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-06-17.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">I blame the plutocracy! <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2011-02-25)</a>. <q>Conventional femininity injures, mutilates, and sometimes kills.Jill, at I Blame the Patriarchy ( ) considers who is to blame for the death of Carolin Berger, a German porn actress.It is only too easy for defenders of the status quo to blame those who die of plastic surgery. All too...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">paul krugman/naomi klein statist leftism vs. right-wing. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2011-02-25)</a>. <q>paul krugman/naomi klein statist leftism vs. right-wing corporatism presents us with a horrendous dilemma: state or corporation? it articulates a stark choice between forms of subordination: state control of the economy (along with and backed by military or police coercion), welfare-state regimes of total surveillance and public housing vs. horrendous economic...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Paying for Bad Cops. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-09)</a>. <q>Walter Olson points to a case in Colorado, where a police officer kneed a handcuffed woman in the face, breaking her eye socket. He also didn&#39;t bother to report her injuries. The Aurora police chief sensibly fired the officer, and the city paid the victim an $85,000 settlement. But then...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The Mind of a Police Dog. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-21)</a>. <q>For the first few years I had her, I was impressed by my late dog Harper&#39;s uncanny ability to assess people&#39;s character. She hated every crappy landlord and bad roommate. Barked at them. Snarled at them. Wouldn&#39;t go near them. But if I brought home a date I liked, Harper,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Teaching People Power. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-25)</a>. <q>The Daily Beast calls Gene Sharp &quot;The 83 Year Old Who Toppled Egypt.&quot; The New York Times reports that &quot;for the world&#39;s despots, his ideas can be fatal.&quot; In the last month he&#39;s been praised in venues ranging from Scientific American to the BBC. It&#39;s an unprecedented level of attention for a scholar whose...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Making Sure Public Health Authorities Don't Say Anything That Might Help Public Health, Illegal Drug Edition. Brian Doherty, <cite>Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-10)</a>. <q>L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is angry that his county&#39;s Public Health Department is distributing a flyer that might actually improve public health by giving sensible advise about how not to get ill when using street ecstasy: Antonovich said the flier, created after a 15-year-old girl died of an Ecstasy overdose after...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The Coming American Insurrection. lilprole, <cite>Modesto Anarcho</cite> (2011-02-24)</a>. <q>Rich scum - you're time has come!As we speak, tens of thousands of people are fighting back in Madison, Wisconsin. What began as an attempt by Republican governor Walker to implement sweeping austerity measures and take away the ability of unions to collectively bargain, has created a massive grassroots working class response....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-02-28.)</em></p></li>

Friday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2010 &gt; Features &gt; Clelia Mosher. <cite></cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family. Sifting through the papers of Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, who taught in Stanford&#39;s hygiene department around the turn of the 20th century, he came across a mysteriously bound file. Degler...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Common Sense, or a functioning economy has no underclass. <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>1. A government can't solve systemic unemployment through stimulus. It can create temporary boosts which *mask* systemic unemployment; it may even have significant effects depending how easily it responds to spending and how slowly the unemployment rate approaches its normal level relative to the economic system.2. A functioning economy has...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Reading Chomsky. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>The Good (in churlish brevity) I’ve just finished reading Noam Chomsky’s Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (it was a Christmas gift). Unsurprisingly, nearly all of it is excellent, and I highly recommend it. Chomsky lucidly explains how u.s. foreign policy is not only imperialist now but has been...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The Taxpayers Won’t Benefit. Sheldon Richman, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-12-15)</a>. <q>Why does everyone say the taxpayers will be winners when the banks, AIG, and GM repay their TARP and other bailout money with interest? The taxpayers won’t see a dime! I doubt if any money will even go toward reducing the debt. The only real winners will be the politicians...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">What “Undercover Boss” Could Be. Steven Horwitz, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-12-15)</a>. <q>Recently I stumbled across the TV show Undercover Boss.  A CEO poses as a new employee at one of his firm’s factories or stores in order to see how the company really runs.  In the episode I watched, the CEO of the Johnny Rocket’s restaurant chain spent time working in...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Winner of Beth A. Hoffman Prize for Economic Writing Named. Foundation for Economic Education, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2011-01-12)</a>. <q>The first annual Beth A. Hoffman Memorial Prize for Economic Writing has been awarded to Kevin A. Carson, the Foundation for Economic Education announced. Through the generosity of a FEE donor, the prize has been established to honor the memory of Beth A. Hoffman by recognizing the best article on...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today, He'd Be Just Like Me. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-01-13)</a>. <q>You know all those articles that purport to say what George Orwell would believe if he were alive today, in which Orwell turns out to have had a change of heart on every significant subject where the author disagrees with him? You can do that to Martin Luther King too:...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Food:Class:Working Class. bfp, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2011-01-03)</a>. <q>I’ve been wondering why food for working class people is always represented as “manly man food” that is greasy, heavy, thick food. I mean, I get the origins of working class food as thick greasy meat based food—fish and chips, for example, has enough heaviness and calories to last through...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Szasz in One Lesson. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2011-01-13)</a>. <q>(First posted in 2006, and now amended. The relevance to the Tucson massacre is self-explanatory.)This is something I came up with some time ago to summarize a good deal of what Thomas Szasz, a great libertarian and hero of mine, has been saying for half a century.If neuroscientists discovered that...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Radio Theater. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-01-14)</a>. <q>Get ready to suspend your disbelief. One of the most resilient acts in theatrical history has returned to the D.C. stage: the We’re Going To Defund Public Broadcasting show. Every time this play gets revived, the director alters the story slightly to reflect recent events. This time the performers are...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-01-14.)</em></p></li>

Friday Lazy Linking

<li><p><a href="">The IP-Industrial Complex (and how to fight it) David Koepsell, <cite>Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom</cite> (2010-10-27)</a>. <q>When I began law school, the term for copyright protection was a mere life-of-author plus 50 years.  The term for patents was 17 years.  By the time I graduated, copyright terms were extended an additional 20 years, and patents an additional 3.  The ongoing efforts by industry to extend their...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">The President With Two Faces. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-10-28)</a>. <q>The Advocate reports: When it comes to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that &quot;attitudes evolve, including mine&quot; during an interview with five progressive bloggers.... On the question of marriage, President Obama began by clarifying that he wasn&#39;t going to &quot;make big news&quot; at that particular moment. But his...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Obamacare Fosters Oligopoly. Sheldon Richman, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2010-10-27)</a>. <q>Well, now. It seems Obamacare is increasing concentration in the medical industry. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: The turn toward consolidation among insurance companies is not new, and neither is it among doctors, hospitals and other providers. Yet the health bill has accelerated these trends, as all sides race to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="">Screw Tolerance. <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2010-10-28)</a>. <q>Tolerance is when the straight man *chooses* not to hurt the lesbian womon.Liberation is when the straight man *can't* hurt the lesbian womon.Or the same on myriad other axes of oppression: class, race, religion, sexual congruence, disability status, and so on.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-10-29.)</em></p></li>