Library of Congress to archive Marginal Revolution

From my email:

The United States Library of Congress has selected your website for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the Economics Blogs Web Archive. We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.

The Library of Congress preserves important cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. Our web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were “born digital” and never printed on paper.

The following URL has been selected for archiving:

We request your permission to collect your website and add it to the Library’s research collections. In order to properly archive this URL, and potentially other URLs of interest on your site, we would appreciate your permission to archive both this URL and other portions of your site, including public content that your page links to on third party sites such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. With your permission, the Library of Congress or its agent will engage in the collection of content from your website at regular intervals over time and may include it in future collections.

The Library will make this collection available to researchers at Library facilities and by special arrangement. The Library may also make the collection available more broadly by hosting the collection on the Library’s public access website no earlier than one year after our archiving has been completed. The Library hopes that you share its vision of preserving Internet materials and permitting researchers from across the world to access them.


You're a cultural artifact!

And now so are you.

I was gonna say...I really hope they aren't including the comments.

+1, the comments are definitely the off stage portion of the play

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And so is Tyrone.

Do they have Trump's Art of the Deal at USLoC? The last page is very revealing:

Trump: Give me my wall.
Pelosi: Nope
Trump: Fine. Give me my SOTU.
Pelosi: Nope.
Trump: OK.
Art of the Deal
The End

lol. almost spit out my morning covfefe.

Trump, with his brand of brash foolishness, has a way of making an otherwise ancient relic like Pelosi not only look relevant but competent. She should be so lucky as to have a comedic buffoonery of unforced errors as a foil.

So, archived will be the remarks of internet stalker msgkings.

I got you so shook LOL

If Rubio plays his cards right, we could have waves of Venezuelan caravans of come to our borders. If this happens during the next Trump shutdown what do you think is going to happen?

I'm not sure Congress has enough funding to store the massive walls of text coming from mulp or clockworkprior. There just isn't enough space.

Don't underestimate DNA hardrives, they're conning by 2030 ;)

I'm sure they have deduping, so Prior's content will be about 5% of actual, and mulp's .1%.

Future Generations: "uh, so is this guy who is always commenting really from Brazil or not?"

Future Generations:

"What was Brazil?"

"Oh, it was that place immigrants were coming know, back in the reign of Trump the Great, before The Wall"

But will they remember andrew' and E. Bernadarian (or whatever his name was)...

Heh. Andrew’ and Rahul were great.

Whatever happened to them? I miss Rahul.

Congratulations! It's well deserved.

Two questions: Will the comments be archived? And isn't it all stored on some server farm in Utah anyway?

Tyler is selling out our profound comments to The Man!

Nah... AI has known that for some time as it remembers the important details of the early 21st century as it ignores the blips of history like Trump.

As a libertarian, I'm surprised at this move towards socialism. You should monetize this site with ads, boost your SEO, and make lots of money not give it away for free out of the goodness of your heart. For $500/hr, I provide services that can make this happen.

In all seriousness, socialism is about using government to block people from doing things consensually, say producing and consuming non-government goods, or to coerce people into doing things non-consensually, say paying for some government program that they wouldn't find on their own worthwhile enough to pay for. There is nothing anti-libertarian about engaging in voluntary activity such as accepting the Library's offer to archive your content to preserve it for future generations.

That is not that simple. There is more than meets the eye.

"There is nothing anti-libertarian about engaging in voluntary activity such as accepting the Library's offer to archive your content to preserve it for future generations."

So there is nothing anti-libertarian about engaging in voluntary activity such as accepting money to heal poor people or to teach gender theory.

Why can't the free market provide today as efficient artifact storage as the State provided in the 30's?

Also, there is the often neglected ideological aspect. Notorious communist leader Karl Marx famously called for the centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly, and the centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. Does anyone doubt he would have called for the centralisation of information storage in the hands of the State?

complete bullshit. library of congress is funded thru the violent act of taxation. nothing voluntary here. all theft and coercion.

Government is not socialism. Socialism is government ownership or control over the means of producing private goods.

Does being archived by the Library of Congress mean that MR gets a Library of Congress classification number too? And where would it be filed under?

It's too bad that most early Usenet postings seem to have disappeared. Those were the good old days, when an internet flamewar could lead to two guys engaging in actual fisticuffs.

It's all heads floating in jars, from what I hear.

Awesome, and well merited. This causes me to raise my priors about the Library of Congress's judgements on what to do and preserve.


Pretty cool. I wonder if they'll also archive the linked pages from the daily links.

For many of the older ones, it's probably too late anyway. But my bet is they won't.

That's pretty awesome. Congratulations

Congratulations......I'm taking a pause from ski and just read MR briefly. It's indeed an addictive cultural artifact. Greetings from Engelberg, Schweiz.

And to think that it took LOC this long to duplicate what has been doing at this web site since Sept. 9, 2003 -

Though count on a government institution to actually say it may restrict access to researchers at Library facilities and by special arrangement.

Oddly, seems to feel anyone should access whatever is archived, which as of now involves this web site being saved 4,105 times between September 9, 2003 and January 26, 2019.

One can anticipate that there will never be a conversation between the owners of this web site and Brewster Kahle, if only because Kahle feels no need to point out to the web sites crawled that the Internet Archive is attempting to preserve, and provide access to, all of the public Internet - 'The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

We began in 1996 by archiving the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the web was ephemeral - but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it. Today we have 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine and we work with 450+ library and other partners through our Archive-It program to identify important web pages.'

Interesting read at the link, how little has changed.

Do they archive the comments too? Because I totally feel I am worthy of preservation for posterity.

Who owns my comments?

Tyler: you're welcome.

The Wayback Machine ( has already had this covered since 2003. I'm not sure the Library of Congress really adds anything here.

Do you appreciate the work of people 2 centuries ago? Do you see any value on institutions?

The funny thing is that if the older generation despises the "government", the younger one will embrace it....just for trollinjg the elders.

Did the e-mail have a Nigeria web address?

What other blogs are they preserving? You will known by the company you keep.

Back in 2004, I was part of a small group that created a political advocacy non-profit. I was responsible for the website, which was chosen by the LoC for the Online Archive of the 2004 presidential election.

It's cool. Doesn't make any money, and I've never been able to find it later, but it's still fun.

'and I've never been able to find it later'

Odds are it would be child's play to find on, as long as you remember the site address.

Utterly deserved Tyler and Alex. Congratulations for your years of diligent and thoughtful blog work. (Have not looked at comments in a while. Wondering what happened here....)

Barkley's rants archived. Pretty amusing.

This is brilliant. Congratulations. Although there is a part of your soul that I suspect may have doubts about government-selected anointment for posterity....

Congrats Tyler....
Will the real Atul Gawande please stand up, lol...



Slate Star Codex is gonna be soooooooo jealous

Next up... EMJR!

Congratulations: Now if we could only get some members of our government to read and understand it.

Wasn't exactly how I planned to become immortal, but I'll take it.

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