Obama Speech Emphasizes Competition Among Nations. Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-01-26).
"President Obama challenged Americans on Tuesday night to unleash their creative spirit, set aside their partisan differences and come together around a common goal of outcompeting other nations in a rapidly shifting global economy." (New York Times) The idea that nations compete with one another leads inexorably to government-business management…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
Boston Anarchist Thinking Brigade, Part 4. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-01-28).
The Molinari Society panels that were cancelled in Boston owing to weather have been resurrected! The spontaneous order panel is moving to the Austrian Scholars Conference (March 10-12 in Auburn), while the session on Gary Chartier's book is moving to the Pacific APA (April 20-23 in San Diego). Thanks to…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
Revolution on the Nile: Rebellious Cops, Lethal Aid, and Off Switch Envy. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-28).
The most hopeful news to come out of Egypt today are the reports of officers fraternizing with protesters, removing their uniforms, refusing to fire their weapons. That's when a popular revolt succeeds: when the storm troopers won't follow orders. The question is how widespread that is — how many cops…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
is there anything more obnoxious than davos? nowhere in human. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2011-01-29).
is there anything more obnoxious than davos? nowhere in human history has such a gaggle of egomaniacs, oppressors, exploiters been gathered, and they do it every year. they congratulate each other on the brilliance of their mechanical rehashing of the commonplace, ride around in limousines pretending not to be particular human…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-30.)
- Remains of the Day: Why Piracy Works Edition [For What It’s Worth] Adam Pash, Lifehacker (2010-02-18).
A fed up movie-watcher explains in pictures how buying is more hostile to consumers than pirating, a school spies on students at home through webcams, and Bill Gates gives a great presentation.(Click the image above for a closer look.) Why Piracy Works See image above. [via Kevin Marks] When are…(Linked Saturday 2010-02-20.)
- Hulu May Come to iPad as Paid Subscription Service. Daring Fireball (2010-02-21). Intellectual Protectionism Vs. The Progress of the Arts and Sciences. (Cont’d.) “This sort of nonsense gets to the bottom of what's wrong with these entertainment executives' outlook on the world. They want to define everything by arbitrary device types — this is a ‘TV’, that is a ‘computer’, this other thing is a ‘mobile device’ — and then sell/distribute the same content to different device types separately and with no spillage. But it's all bullshit in the digital world.” (Linked Sunday 2010-02-21.)
- Mount Vernon Mush. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-02-17).
A bunch of right-wing heavyweights (and middleweights, and lightweights) have put together the Mount Vernon Statement, purportedly a manifesto for "constitutional conservatism." Glenn Reynolds writes that it's "heavy on small-government stuff, and light on social-issue meddling," and he suggests that "this supports the notion of a libertarian shift on the…(Linked Monday 2010-02-22.)
- Review: Neil Gershenfeld’s FAB. John Baichtal, MAKE Magazine (2010-02-19).
When Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, offered a class titled “How to Make (almost) Anything,” he was surprised to find himself inundated by students. In particular, Gershenfeld was taken aback by the fact that these students weren’t taking the class for some sort of abstract…(Linked Monday 2010-02-22.)