Just to let you know, a few people (some of whom w... Anonymous, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-06-02).
Just to let you know, a few people (some of whom worked on "Property is Theft!") are working on the rest of "Confessions of a Revolutionary".Not much to report yet, but that's the plan.And if you want to publish bits of "Property is Theft!" as Corvus editions then that would...(Linked Saturday 2011-06-04.)
Why Context Matters. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-06-05).
“The true life, the life eternal has been found – it is not merely promised, it is here, it is in you …. Everyone is the child of God …. As the child of God each man is the equal of every other man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist “There...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Change the world. Phil, philwilson.org (2011-05-27).
I work in Higher Education in the UK. Every day I see enterprisey systems which are awful, terrible, unfriendly, unusable, behemoths. The market for each niche system is more or less a monopoly. The market is prime for smaller, more agile, more user-friendly systems to come in and destroy them....(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
The Octothorpe, part 2 of 2. Keith Houston, Shady Characters (2011-05-22).
Bell Telephone Laboratories, one-time research subsidiary of American telecoms giant AT&T, has produced some of the 20th century’s most influential developments in the worlds of science and technology. It boasts seven Nobel Prizes in Physics awarded for, among other things, a demonstration of the wave nature of matter, the invention...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
'Radical Mental Health Meetings' Address Problems at Grassroots. lilprole, Modesto Anarcho (2011-05-17).
Stanislaus County Radical Mental Health is starting to organize weekly meetings for people looking to discuss mental health and depression issues in the Modesto area. The meetings are based off of the Icarus Project's framework. They describe themselves as such:"The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
The Cloud. xkcd.com (2011-06-05). (Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Shocking FBI Discovery: Austin Is Weird. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-06-01).
From a New York Times profile of Scott Crow, an Austin anarchist who recently FOIAed his files from the FBI: Mr. Crow, a lanky Texas native who works at a recycling center, is one of several Austin activists who asked the F.B.I. for their files, citing the Freedom of Information...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Planet Burma. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-06-03).
"Around the globe, it is democratic meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the norm." Or so claims Joshua Kurlantzick, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations writing in the June 9 New Republic. From Venezuela to Russia, he argues, regimes are sliding toward autocratic rule. Polls show public opinion...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Support the Allied Media Conference & Shawty Got Skillz. inciteblog, INCITE! Blog (2011-06-02).
Stacey & Mia from To The Other Side Of Dreaming break down why it’s critical to support the Allied Media Conference (June 23-26, 2011, Detroit), a movement building space for radical women of color/people of color organizing, disability justice, queer young people, and more! They urge everyone to support Shawty Got...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Irrational, or responsive to incentives? Emily Washington, Market Urbanism (2011-06-04).
In the Washington Post Brad Plumer editorializes on the choice of many Americans to accept longer commutes by car in exchange for larger homes far from their workplaces. He says that consumers are unable to accurately calculate the cost of their commutes, including time spent driving, leading them to make...(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Freedom and School Choice in American Education. Free Association (2011-06-05). There's No Right Way to Manage a Subsidy (cont'd) (Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
feministhulk: UNFORTUNATE THING ABOUT ALL-CAPS: HARDER TO ADD SPECIFIC EMPHASIS. HULK WORK TO FIND VERBAL NUANCE IN HULK-SIZE LETTERS. Twitter / feministhulk (2011-06-01).
feministhulk: UNFORTUNATE THING ABOUT ALL-CAPS: HARDER TO ADD SPECIFIC EMPHASIS. HULK WORK TO FIND VERBAL NUANCE IN HULK-SIZE LETTERS.(Linked Sunday 2011-06-05.)
Mutual aid opportunity. Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-05-06).
You'll find a new ChipIn widget in the sidebar of the blog (or on ChipIn), to support Laughing Horse Books, one of Portland, Oregon's few remaining independent bookstores, and a radical, collective-run bookstore/music venue/meeting space for 25 years now. All the little things that tend to snowball when a business...(Linked Saturday 2011-05-07.)
In Defense of Flogging - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education. chronicle.com (2011-05-07). "Certainly my defense of flogging is more thought experiment than policy proposal. I do not expect to see flogging reinstated any time soon. And deep down, I wouldn't want to see it. And yet, in the course of writing what is, at its core, a quaintly retro abolish-prison book, I've come to see the benefits of wrapping a liberal argument in a conservative facade. If the notion of tying people to a rack and caning them on their behinds à la Singapore disturbs you, if it takes contemplating whipping to wake you up and to see prison for what it is, so be it! The passive moral high ground has gotten us nowhere." - Peter Moskos (Linked Saturday 2011-05-07.)
Marie Curie. xkcd.com (2011-05-08). (Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)
Bin Laden reaction roundup. John, Blagnet.net (2011-05-08).
I have been much more interested in the various and sundry reactions, mainly from Americans, to Osama bin Laden’s killing than to the news itself. The whole situation ought to inspire quite a bit of mixed feelings from any libertarian, and even from any sensible, sympathetic human being. Notwithstanding the...(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)
Urban Airport of the Future (1926) Matt Novak, Paleofuture Blog (2011-05-07).
The fine people at Popular Mechanics recently published a book that deserves a prominent place on every retrofuturist's bookshelf. The Wonderful Future That Never Was by Gregory Benford looks at technological predictions that appeared in the pages of Popular Mechanics from 1903 until 1969. The prediction below was an attempt to...(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)
No Laissez Faire There. Sheldon Richman, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-05-06).
(This article is based on remarks delivered at the meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education in April.) Friends of the free market tend to see the Gilded Age, roughly 1870-1890, as the closest thing in history to a laissez-faire economy. In some respects that is true — but...(Linked Monday 2011-05-09.)
Here’s a recent paint-by-numbers column on Spontaneous Order by John Stossel. It’s a passable introduction to the concept, and I will say that the opening illustration of spontaneous order in an ice-skating rink is nicely chosen. Then there is this:
At last January’s State of the Union, President Obama said America needs more passenger trains. How does he know? For years, politicians have promised that more of us will want to commute by train, but it doesn’t happen. People like their cars.
Some subsidized trains cost so much per commuter that it would be cheaper to buy them taxi rides.
As if subsidized highways and parking had no costs!
People’s cars are useless without this subsidized and monopolistic infrastructure, which is in artificially great supply due to the government’s monopolization of land use, which the people in question have to pay for, whether they use it or not, and which the people in question do then get to use at little or no marginal cost above what they were forced to pay in taxes. I wonder how much people would be liking their cars if alternatives weren’t locked out by government’s use of eminent domain and land-use mandates, or if people were free to pay — or to withdraw — the real marginal cost of driving, rather than the deformed structure of costs that government’s Infrastructure Monopoly has produced.
This is of course no argument for the desirability of ridiculous government-fueled high-speed heavy rail boondoggles, or any other sort of government funding of mass transit. Those are stupid too, and guaranteed to stay stupid as long as they are enacted through the political means. It’s not even an argument against the desirability of cars. But American car culture is no example of
spontaneous order emerging from revealed preferences in a market free-for-all. It’s a perfect example of pervasive, intensive, map-redrawing government planning, from the repeatedly bailed-out, sometimes government-owned auto makers down to the parking lot of your nearest strip mall. The only way to find out how people will
like to travel in a free market is to leave people free to experiment — and the current massive exertion of force to channel land into roads and parking lots, and wealth out of people’s pockets and into fancy new roads for the benefit of downtown merchants, billionaire sports team owners, and Wal-Mart distribution centers is anything but a free experiment or a spontaneous social process.
The second problem with life-cycle budgeting is that its advocates want some sort of federal law imposing it on transportation agencies. … Just what those agencies need: more red tape consuming scarce transportation dollars and delaying needed transportation projects.
The real problem with federal transportation spending is that Congress has split federal funds into 40 or 50 pots of money and greatly restricted how state and local agencies can spend from each pot. Better incentives are the solution, not more bureaucracy. Congress should give state and local governments more flexibility in how to spend the money, combined with incentives (see pp. 7-8) to insure the money is effectively spent.
Actually, no. The real problem with federal transportation spending is that Congress spends other people’s money on subsidizing transportation infrastructure. Politically-appropriated
incentives offer no more of a solution than bureaucracy, because there is no political solution to the problem. The only way to determine where people need roads, or rails, or planes, or bicycle lanes, or alternative uses of scarce resources that have nothing to do with transportation or infrastructure, is to leave us — people, not
agencies — free to experiment and work it out ourselves. There’s no way to approximate that by jiggering the way that subisides are allocated because there’s no way to simulate the effects of free and mutual exchange while leaving political ownership and political control intact. Unless and until you dissipate the control, all you have is a different style for managing the subsidy. You can’t fix the damage of taxation with more flexible or efficient allocation of the spoils.
What Congress should do is go home, give back the
scarce transportation dollars they stole, and take up an honest living.
Jury Says it's Okay to Record the TSA. schneier, Schneier on Security (2011-01-31).
The Seattle man who refused to show ID to the TSA and recorded the whole incident has been cleared of all charges: [The jury] returned not guilty verdicts for charges that included concealing his identity, refusing to obey a lawful order, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Papers, Please! says the acquittal...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
Revolution in Egypt: Learn More! inciteblog, INCITE! Blog (2011-02-01).
Are you excited about the grassroots revolution happening in Egypt? Do you want to learn more about the background of what’s happening and what the movement is organizing for? Here are some resources: First, a recent video of a protester in Tahir Square in Cairo. She explains the political goals...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
"Free as in Sexist?": Sexism in the Free Culture Movement. Joseph Reagle (2011-01-28).
The introduction to my draft on free culture and sexism: In the summer of 2010, David Finsher and Aaron Sorkin's film about the beginnings of Facebook ("The Social Network") attracted much discussion about the portrayal of women in geeky projects. Tracy Clark-Flory (2010fpo), writing for Salon.com, wrote the film prompts...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
Early Corporate Welfare: “An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen” Jad Davis, The jVerse (2011-01-31).
A friend pointed out a fascinating article on “An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen“ which the author points to as a precedent for Congress mandating health coverage for citizens of the United States. I don’t have any disagreement with his conclusion, that the Constitution in no...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
Annual Bay Area Anarchist Cafe. kate, Anarchoblogs in English (2011-02-01).
The Anarchist Cafe is on! Every year, the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is preceded by the annual Anarchist Cafe, an sober-space gathering with vegan dinner and performances, that provides a space for folks to gather before the madness of Bookfair weekend sets in. Much fun, good eats, lots of good...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
It’s a Child, Not a Choice. Center for a Stateless Society (2011-02-01). "No, it's not an anti-abortion rant... The problem isn’t lack of competition within the government education mandate. The problem is the government education mandate." (Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
Obama Marxism Watch — Be Very Afraid! Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-01-06).
For over two years, we unappreciated patriots have taken upon ourselves the thankless task of outing Barack Obama as a closeted Marxist and exposing his insidious socialist agenda for enslaving this country. While Obama sat in his Red Study Circle with comrades Geithner, Summers and Rubin, busily reading “Quotations from...(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)
Traffic Problems Will Disappear by Year 2000 (1955) Matt Novak, Paleofuture Blog (2011-02-01).
From the 1958 Disneyland TV episode Magic Highway, USA The September 22, 1955 Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, ME) ran a wonderful piece titled, "Hope For the Motorist: Traffic Problems Will Disappear by Year 2000." Such unbridled optimism for the yet to be developed Interstate Highway System is downright cute. Well,...(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)
Store Fronts. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2011-02-01). (Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)
Hell No, We Won't Fire. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-31).
When the troops won't shoot, the game's just about over: The Egyptian army has said it will not use force against protesters calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a "million people" march. The military said it considers the people's demands "legitimate".(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)
Andrew Jackson. IOZ, Who Is IOZ? (2011-01-10).
Is there a bigger, more sanctimonious boob in the whole blessed world than Keith Olberman? "Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in democracy"? Um, uh, what? Tell it to the Cherokee. Tell it to the Iraqis. Tell it to Baltimore and Washington South of the Capitol. Tell...(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)