On the Town with Bad Decision Dinosaur. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2010-09-24). (Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Food deserts and zoning. Stephen Smith, Market Urbanism (2010-09-13).
by Stephen Smith The other day I put up a post detailing the restrictions that small-scale restaurants and food carts face, but I should mention that grocery stores and supermarkets also face similar restrictions. Like restrictions on restaurants, they end hitting poor, urban, black neighborhoods the hardest, creating the phenomenon...(Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Apparently, starvation blockades are bad for the economy. Who knew? John Markley, The Superfluous Man (2010-09-06).
David Brooks has a column in The New York Times entitled "Nation Building Works," in which he attempts to vindicate the US government's past seven years in Iraq. From the article (via Cheryl Cline at der Blaustrumpf):“Iraq has made substantial progress since 2003,” the International Monetary Fund reports. Inflation is...(Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Haystack vs How The Internet Works. Danny O'Brien, Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka (2010-09-14).
There’s been a lot of alarming but rather brief statements in the past few days about Haystack, the anti-censorship software connected with the Iranian Green Movement. Austin Heap, the co-creator of Haystack and co-founder of parent non-profit, the Censorship Research Center, stated that the CRC had “halted ongoing testing of...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
Libertarian Review Archives Online. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-09).
One of Reason's high-quality competitors from the 1970s-80s has a semi-complete archives now available online. It's a fabulous compendium of Carter-ish era libertarian historical fun. David Boaz explains the mag and what it accomplished, focusing on its amazing editor the late Roy Childs.(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
Openness is a lot of work. jonoscript, Not The User's Fault (2010-09-24).
You can’t just make something “open” and expect magic to happen. Openness is a lot of work. This is true whether you’re making an open-source software project, a website with user-generated content, a political movement, a charity, or any other kind of organization where you expect volunteers to show up...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay. Michael, Binary Bonsai (2010-09-18).
Foreword The creation of Star Wars is comprehensive mythology onto itself, populated by rarely documented anecdotes, the likes of “the Millennium Falcon was inspired by a hamburger, with the outrigger cockpit being an olive off to the side” (1) or “My original inspiration for Chewbacca was my dog Indiana.” (2),...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
Of Hayek and Rubber Tomatoes. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-24).
Henry Farrell writes that “Hayek argues that markets are superior because they allow the ‘dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess’ to be aggregated in a useful way.” He then faults Hayek for failing to acknowledge a key limitation of the price mechanism:...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
“I’ve Never Seen a Poor Person Give Anyone a Job” Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-09-16).
“I’ve never seen a poor person give anyone a job.” The cliche is commonly repeated on the Right, in polemics against what they call “class warfare” — not that there’s actually much of it being waged by Democrats, except when they’re fighting on the same side as the Republicans. See...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions. PKL, KNIFE TRICKS (2010-04-23).
Sherman Oaks, CaliforniaI was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released –...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
10 Brief Responses To 700 Comments About Refusing To Answer Questions At Passport Control. PKL, KNIFE TRICKS (2010-09-11).
Phuket Island, ThailandMy post about refusing to answer questions from Customs and Border Protection officers when re-entering the U.S. has resulted in a lot of debate. My thanks to everyone who joined the conversation, including the authors of the more than one hundred posts that called me a douchebag. Let...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
Deregulating food. Stephen Smith, Market Urbanism (2010-09-11).
by Stephen Smith Urban planners like to discuss heavy things – roads, buildings, cars, trains. Food, though an integral part of humans’ lives, generally doesn’t enter into the equation as more than a footnote. This may be because food service is governed by different departments than buildings, streets, and vehicles,...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
Three Shalt Thou Count. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-08-30).
The debates in the comments section of my Koch post have gotten me thinking about the different ways in which vulgar libertarianism operates. I think there are three. 1) First, there’s the use of libertarian slogans as mere rhetorical covering for corporatist policies. This kind of vulgar libertarianism is standard...(Linked Monday 2010-08-30.)
C4SS in the MSM. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-08-30).
Congratulations to Ross Kenyon, whose latest C4SS piece has been picked up by the Christian Science Monitor!(Linked Monday 2010-08-30.)
The Cold, Crisp Taste of Koch. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-08-31).
From Frank Rich's rehash of Jane Mayer's recent hit piece on the philanthropizin' oilmen Charles and David Koch: When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security,...(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Why does the Infrastructurist hate libertarians so much? rationalitate, Market Urbanism (2010-08-25).
by Stephen Smith Among urban planners, libertarianism gets a pretty bad rap. Melissa Lafsky at the Infrastructurist goes so far as to call libertarianism “an enemy of infrastructure,” and dismisses entirely the idea that private industry can build infrastructure with a single hyperlink – to a poorly-written article on New Zealand’s...(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Argumentum ad un-Americanum. Will Wilkinson, Will Wilkinson (2010-08-27).
This Forbes column by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins arguing that the government should stop subsidizing homeownership was skipping along predictably but just fine until… When the government encourages homeownership, the story goes, it strengthens individuals and communities and thereby fosters the American Dream. They’re wrong. A government crusade to...(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Why Do Futurists Get So Much Wrong? Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-08-25).
The Austrian economist Ludwig Lachmann once walked into the colloquium room at New York University, where the blackboard displayed this quotation: “When it comes to the future, one word says it all: You never know. – Y. Berra.” Having built much of his economics on the unknowability of the future,...(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Scary scary news scary! admin, This Modern World (2010-08-31).
Scary scary news scary!(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-31.)
Comment on Uoltajre! by Anna O. Morgenstern. Anna O. Morgenstern, Comments for Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-08-20).
I’m glad you said “anarchronistic” because if you said “anachronistic” there was going to be an argument. Going back to the main topic, it seems more and more as I start to understand history and the state better, that religion has always been a bulwark for a state of some...(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
Private buses make a comeback in NYC. rationalitate, Market Urbanism (2010-08-16).
by Stephen Smith Transit activists have been bemoaning recent cuts in the MTA’s bus routes throughout New York City, but the cuts may have a silver lining, in particular for market urbanists: they may usher in the return of private buses to the streets of New York City. Private buses...(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
rabble: OH: "Ok. Te voy a let you saber si hay changes en the prioridades." Ah spanglish. Twitter / rabble (2010-08-06).
rabble: OH: "Ok. Te voy a let you saber si hay changes en the prioridades." Ah spanglish.(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
Introducing PIGPEN: Local Encounters with Police and Prisons. Modesto Anarcho!'s MySpace Blog (2010-08-07).
..Introducing PIGPEN: Local Encounters with Police and PrisonsHave you been brutalized, assulted, harassed, or abused by the Modesto or other local police departments? Modesto Anarcho Crew (MAC) is cu...(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
IP in Cartoons. Peter G. Klein, Mises Economics Blog (2010-08-20).
Thanks to Tim Castelle for the pointer to Nina Paley’s great series of IP cartoons.Join the discussion and post a commentRelated posts:Iona College on IPThe Highway to Serfdom in CartoonsIP Comix(Linked Saturday 2010-08-21.)
Street Slide. ignorethecode.net (2010-08-21). Usability research is awesome. (Linked Saturday 2010-08-21.)
Diogenes’ Barrel. James Tuttle, On ALLiance (2010-08-19).
The always insightful and wonderful Broadsnark has asked an important question: So I guess what I’m wondering is: Do you market anarchist types envision a world full of artisans trading labor with one another or actual employment relationships? Do the majority of anarchists, who don’t subscribe to capitalist or market...(Linked Sunday 2010-08-22.)