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Taking Heart

While Jonathan points out the perils that face lovers of liberty both domestic and foreign, I'd like to take a moment to remember (in a random way) what has gotten better in the intervening years since 1776 (or even 1976).

Women and minorities have been freed from state sanctioned oppression- and while state sponsored racial and sexual discrimination still occurs (ala affirmative action & 'disadvantaged business' set-asides), life for all in 2003 is much much better on the whole than 1903. Read more »

Is there a market for diversity?

Truck and Barter wonders about the economic dimension of the Grutter decision- specifically, what are the costs and benefits of diversity, and why is it necessary for government to get involved in its provision? Read more »

Big East vs. ACC- Sports expansion from an antitrust perspective

A tip of the hat to Truck & Barter for leading me to The Rule of Reason blog, which had a discussion on a topic that has caused many sleepless (and blogless) nights for two Catallarchists- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Expansion with regards to Virginia Tech.

Rule of Reason approached the ACC Expansion looking at the anti-trust dimension of the case. For everyone's convenience, I've assembled the relevant posts here: Read more »

Segregation through the back door

(via Prestopundit)

Eric Rasmusen reports that the recent Grutter decision is more in line with segregationist thinking than with the spirit of the 14th Amendment: Read more »

Sasha Volokh on libertarian belief

There is an intriguing post on the Volokh Conspiracy that puts forth some beliefs and helps (in my view) to show some of the diversity in the libertarian ecosystem, and is titled "What are libertarians against?" Read more »

Housing valuation

Arnold Kling has an interesting post up on how to determine the economic cost of renting vs. buying, which has implications for whether or not the housing market's bubble is about to burst. Read more »

Price, conservation, and natural gas

Lynne Kiesling illustrates an important general point about prices in the particular case of the coming 'natural gas crisis'. On her blog, she posts the conclusion to her TCS article on the subject, which is spot-on (so I'll shamelessly lift the whole blog post, emphasis mine): Read more »

Gephardt Agonistes

Gephardt's ill-advised declaration that he'd overturn Supreme Court decisions he didn't like seems to be dogging him, and with his latest statements we get a glimpse into his inner struggle between wanting people to only think he's a fool, and his unconscious desire to open his mouth and remove all doubt.

Eugene Volokh compares what he said then with what he's saying now, concluding: Read more »

The ecology of Open-Source software development

(via Calpundit)

Continuing our discussion on Open Source, I came across a study by Kieran Healy and Alan Shussman that studied a wide array of open-source software projects to get a picture of how many people are working on any given project, and what the organizational aspects were. The abstract of the paper reports: Read more »

Fed intentionally blowing bubbles

(via Prestopundit)

The current flood of cheap and easy money into the marketplace is causing asset price inflation (again), and the Fed is doing so consciously in its efforts to stop dreaded deflation. Read more »

Gephardt vows to flout the Supreme Court

In yet another gem of idiocy which is turning into a regular feature among Democratic presidential hopefuls (declared or undeclared, in the case of Gen. Clark), Dick Gephardt recently declared that "[w]hen I'm president, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day[.]" Read more »

Welcome to Dave Masten

Although he's already posted, and the time for such an introduction somewhat passed, I'd like to extend a welcome to our newest contributor, Dave Masten. He is a very serendipitous pickup from our fledgling comments sections, coming in to comment on Open Source. We looked at his own site , saw that he was Misesian, and offered on the spot.

Always good to have extra writers on board (gives the illusion of busy-ness, especially when the co-blogger who should be writing as much as Jonathan is off doing other things... er, *ahem*).

Harry Potter has done me in

I finally succumbed to peer pressure and began reading the Harry Potter series, and I must say that yes, the hype is correct and they're excellent page-turners so far. I have just completed The Chamber of Secrets, and now move on into unspoiled territory with The Prisoner of Azkaban. Unspoiledness is kind of a treat, as when I was reading both the first and second books, at some points I grew impatient since I knew what was going to happen (of course, still enjoying it along the way). Now, I have the luxury of it all being new, without movie sets and scenes to compare. Read more »

The first libertarian president?

(via Unqualified Offerings, via Hit & Run)

Ron Bailey informs us of another positively brilliant national Democrat gracing us with his wisdom- this time, instead of the erudite Gen. Clark, its John Kerry, telling us the true nature of George W. Bush: Read more »

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

Just when I was getting ready to start writing on the comparative occurrence of economic depressions/recessions/panics in the 19th and 20th centuries, I get a news flash IM that the ACC, unable to pull off its 'Operation:Chop Job' on the Big East, had decided to finally invite VT to join as well, after only a month ago telling VT to go to Hades, grinning and mocking VT as they did it. So, of course, the rest of my night is blown following the details on various sports message boards. Read more »