Assorted links

by on January 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Helpful inequality.

2. The Chinese war against drugs.

3. More on the economics of virtual worlds.

4. Breaking up big banks doesn't, on its own, work.

5. Somali pirates solve the overfishing problem.

6. We're discussing this paper over lunch today.

7. Clay Shirky on the internet, always worth reading.  It has many excellent one-liners.

citi.zen January 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Andrew January 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm

7. It’s an Austrian theory of expression. It’s everywhere. We won.

Barkley Rosser January 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

If you are going to discuss (probably have done so by now) a paper
on “anti-lemons” over lunch, well, do you go to a place that serves
lemon chicken to do so, or are you better off going to a place that
serves Szechuan chili chicken on the bone?

Brandon Reinhart January 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

That edge.org world question center seems very out of date with its lack of an rss feed.

mulp January 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

2. The Chinese war against drugs.

A better title would be “Chinese prove US drug policy can’t work.”

The Chinese war against drugs was fought and lost to the British corporations circa 1840 in what is commonly called the First Opium War. That was back in the good old free trade days when Britain when to war to defend those making a profit selling addictive drugs with the intent of addicting more customers to promote increased trade.

But hey, the US wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for corporations like the Virginia Company seeking to addict and profit from one of a number of America’s and the world’s most addictive drugs. That free trade was so profitable it justified the enslavement of blacks imported (free trade) from Africa.

Let’s just remember the degree to which government policies dictated the path of economic development in the days of Adam Smith, John Locke, et al. Law being written to profit corporations, not to mention wars started, is at the core of the America ethos.

Calebe Lee January 12, 2010 at 1:40 am

Tyler, could you add some sort of visual reminder (such as “[PDF]” or something like that) whenever you link directly to a PDF file? Me, I don’t mind clicking, saving and reading them — but I bet a few people do, and wouldn’t click on them if they knew it, thus sparing the source’s servers from the automatic download.

By the way, great blog. Very interesting, even though I’m no economist; I always recommend it to all of my friends. Thanks.

Bathtubs August 23, 2010 at 6:59 am

If the US and UN would stop sponsoring invasions and puppet governments, Somalia, at least the northern parts, could start getting their own economies in order.

Ian Austen August 28, 2010 at 6:40 am

The piracy problem could be fixed with better diplomacy, starting with international recognition for the independence of somalialand and the autonomy of puntland.

Internet Startup September 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

I have been reading along and I recently came across your blog. It is very nice article here and I have enjoyed to read it. Nice blog.

Baby Cribs September 28, 2010 at 10:07 am

The Chinese war against drugs was fought and lost to the British corporations circa 1840..It is very nice article and I have enjoyed to read it.Thnx for sharing.

Nightly Business Report October 20, 2010 at 3:31 am

I did a search on the topic and found most people agree with your blog.

Martha Calico November 2, 2010 at 2:31 am

That is some inspirational stuff…The annual ransom and number of captives is higher by the US coast guard than by the somalis. thanks for this nice post.!!!

Trent Jordan Vancouver January 21, 2011 at 3:50 am

If the international community would self-police the fishing trawlers, the somalis could go back to being small scale fisherme,This is a great information for everyone!!!

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