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Open Source reconsidered

It occurred to me while reading Jonathan's post on the open source movement, that while the Open Source movement may indeed be inhabited by unreconstructed syndicalists (a degenerate form of socialist), the movement itself may yet be a market based phenomenon. Read more »

Mobile bioweapons lab, or hydrogen generators?

(Via Deinonychus)

It occurs to me that the current counter-explanation for the alleged mobile bioweapon labs-- that they are hydrogen generators to make balloon targets for artillery-- seems to me to be a little, well, nuts. Read more »

The obesity epidemic strikes again

Jim Henley, in the midst of a Den Bestean sized post on fitness, makes a salient point about the so-called 'Obesity Epidemic': Read more »

Stateless communism?

I ran across a post over at Deinonychus on the topic of "Stateless Communism", where he notes that a commenter on DU writes:

All the same -- I do think that the problem of a decentralized, stateless mechanism for resource allocation to acheive the ideal of communism is unsolved. Unsolved does not mean insoluble, but -- to be shatterproof, the mechanism would have to have the property economists call "incentive compatibility."

Natural gas crisis driven by federal & state interventions

Lynne Kiesling spells out how regulation on both the demand and supply side have conspired to simultaneously lower supply while boosting demand, creating the current 'crisis' situation in natural gas (absent the dastardly Enronites, who will be scapegoated with causing California's next electricity price spike?): Read more »

The 10-year experiment in Keynesianism & Monetarism

As if the experience and misery of the US and UK in the 1970s were not enough to prove once and for all that Keynesian economics is bunk, Japan has tried everything in the Monetarist and Keynesian book to restart their economy, and failed- giving us the biggest and most elaborate real world experiment in Krugmanomics. Read more »

More on Spontaneous Order

Over at OxBlog I found a good post from last year on spontaneous order (kosmos) vs. directed order (taxis), where an admitted conservative steps up to the plate to say that it is not a contradiction in terms to "organize for anarchy": Read more »

What maintains a culture of liberty?

While chatting with my co-blogger Jonathan, a question came up on whether the US Constitution was useful in maintaining a culture of liberty. Jonathan said no, while I said yes, with the UK as an example. Read more »

Rule by lawyers?

While I agree in principle with my co-blogger that a law developed via trial and error (no pun intended) is preferable in nearly all cases to a body of law made arbitrarily by politicians, I do have to say that the prospect of hashing out all societal differences in the current legal system of the US to be a fairly daunting image... Read more »

Everybody loves Buffy

Even Virginia Postrel is Buffy-blogging.

The blogosphere as a market, not a democracy

Excellent post by Perry de Havilland over at Samizdata, on the question of "are blogs democratic?" His answer is no, since: Read more »

A little light reading

For those of you still wanting to brush up on Austrian Business Cycle Theory (and you should), check out The Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle by Roger Garrison for a quick primer. Read more »

Swallowing the Blue Pill

John Quiggan confesses that he is a weekday antiglobalist, and that he fears and distrusts capital markets (as a Keynesian, it is probably because they?re filled with ?Animal Spirits? and other chaotic shades such as speculators and entrepreneurs). In his confession, he writes: Read more »