More assorted links

by on February 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Rortybomb evaluates financial innovation.

2. Markets in everything: abandoned missile sites for sale.

3. Jamie Whyte: Would fewer voters make for better voters?

4. Haiti's top reconstruction official owns the country's only domestic source of ready-mixed concrete.

5. Markets in everything (the image is safe for work, though not the concept).

Millian February 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm

The first example in the article is a good illustration of the problem with the thesis. Often, “bad policies” are “bad policies” only from the point of view of a utilitarian, which is surely a philosophy that everyone (except economists) left behind with Jeremy Bentham and James Mill. There are sound reasons of fairness to favour higher tax rates that don’t raise tax revenues proportionally, particularly from a socialist point of view. That’s only “bad” in a subjective anti-socialist sense.

Andrew February 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

2. My dream home!

“Mom, can I go play in the top yard?”

axa February 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

#2: Fallout!

not Andrew some other guy February 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm


bjk February 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Re Konczal list of financial innovations, most of these innovations have made it easier to turn assets into cash. HELOCs probably finance a very large proportion of new business creation in the US. Same for credit cards. Of course, all that innovation also makes it easier to bankrupt yourself by taking out a HELOC to invest a lousy business. It increases inequality. A mortgage no longer precommits you to 30 years of saving.

cheeky February 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

If fewer meant not women, then yes.

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