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2. Amazon vs. Macmillan, the best economic analysis so far.

Our experience with Amazon is that it is a big bully.

Amazon does things unilaterally without any discussion, and then it makes it very difficult to communicate with them.

My understanding is that this stems from Bezos being a bully and a micromanager.

I can't stand Apple's and Job's smugness and the cult-like mentality of Apple fanatics, but if they can shake Amazon up, good.

2. Amazon vs. Macmillan, the best economic analysis so far.

Take a look at Charlie Stross' outsider's guide to the fight: his view is that Amazon and Macmillan are wrangling over their positions in the publishing chain more than anything else.

#1 – a good thing if there are signs of change in Brazil. One small or big reason for anti-Liberalism in Latin America is anti-Americanism. A superb path-breaking book comes to mind – Carlos Rangel’s The Latin Americans: Their Love-Hate Relationship with the United States (1972?).

Closet liberals (even neoliberals god-forbid) would go and kneel at the feet (or bed) of Fidel for the sake of appearances or because of something deeply ingrained and ‘cultural’ in their emotional psyche, a point that Mark Falcoff has written nicely about. Even the formerly (good) marxist Chilean sociologist Jorge Larrain has bemoaned these wrenching competitive emotional struggles with the image of barbarically liberal North America, which have distorted Latin American self-identity and capacity for economic and institutional progress since the late nineteenth century.

Among the first to complain intelligently about Latin America's self-defeating rejection of liberalism were Fransisco de Miranda and Juan Bautista Alberdi (early and late 19C respectively).

Unfortunately I think the crude title and tone of the most high-profile ‘liberal’ tome to emerge in Latin America in recent decades was off-putting for many potential liberal converts. It was called ‘Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot’, a kind of neurotic inverse to the name-calling of the northern neighbor.

Edward Gaffney: "Brazil is one of the most income-unequal countries in the world."

And how do you think it got this way? Hint: it wasn't through free-market policies.

Brazil's backwater intellectual "elite" is still in thrall of Marxism and anti-Americanism. The one exception being PUC-Rio, mentioned in the article, which somehow managed to dictate economic policy from roughly 1994 to 2002, ending inflation, privatizing, cutting deficits (but not quite managing to cut taxes), and bringing unprecedented gains in wealth to the poor. All this while enduring constant hatred and abuse from most of the Brazilian intelligentsia, and paving the way for Lula's electoral promises of radical rupture with the "neoliberal model". Which promises he wasn't crazy to follow through on, of course, much to the benefit of the country.

#2 Amazon vs. Macmillan, the best economic analysis so far.
Amazon blinked.
Amazon Gives in to Macmillan; May Raise E-Book Prices

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