beattles

All Music Is Derivative, Gloriously So

– July 11, 2019

Entrepreneurs from around the world (including China) want to “steal” or imitate the clever doings of creative minds in the U.S because the U.S. is the most prosperous and creative nation in the world. Pundits view this as a threat, think we should empower the federal government to penalize the theft, but the much bigger worry would be if the creative found nothing worth emulating.

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swiftpic

Dear Taylor Swift: The Trouble with Copyright Is Deeper Than You Know

– July 9, 2019

Instead of worrying about the rights over her songs falling into the wrong hands, she should understand that unleashing her work from the tight grasp of IP’s claws would benefit her, as it would set her apart from other artists, and benefit all humankind, as others would be able to improve on what she’s done.

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nyskyline

Almost Everything People Say about Big Business Is Wrong 

– June 28, 2019

For all its imperfections, American business does a pretty good job — a much better job, Cowen argues, than most people think, and I, for one, agree.

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gordong

Greed Is Good, but Not for the Greedy

– June 27, 2019

The greed of the wealthy for showing off has led to a remarkably wealthy society, the most egalitarian culture the world has ever known. 

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sweatshop

What Does “Voluntary” Actually Mean?

– June 25, 2019

If you shut down sweatshops because you think people shouldn’t have to work in such bad conditions, are you really helping the poor folks who work there?

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overtime

Incredibly, that Overtime Regulation Is Back

– June 14, 2019

The administration’s lack of principles opens wide the door for the Democrats in Congress not only to introduce an overtime bill that goes far beyond the Trump rule but also beyond even the Obama ceiling. And as expected, they just jump at the chance to do just that.

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Elton-John

Elton John’s Soundtrack to Half a Century

– June 12, 2019

It’s a rare artist who elicits the kind of widespread emotional homage that Elton John is receiving right now, hopefully, many years before his career is really over.

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virtualreality

The Future of Public Goods

– June 6, 2019

Non-excludability is really just a technological problem, because the ability to charge and withhold access is beyond our reach, at least at reasonable cost. But that’s changing, fast.

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MG_0604

The Real Issue in Tech Antitrust: Where’s the Harm?

– June 4, 2019

No matter one’s opinions on antitrust and big business, arguing that the big tech companies’ primary impact on our economy and lives has been anything but positive and even revolutionary is difficult.

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dadandkidshopping

The Market Is a Vast Network of Benevolence

– June 2, 2019

Countless minds and countless hands have contributed to the slow march of civilization and helped to create a modern world (one fraught with problems, which I don’t minimize) in which I can perform innumerable operations closed off to previous generations without thinking about them.

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studebaker

Design Regulations Helped Ruin American Cars

– May 24, 2019

Designers did not somehow lose imagination over the last 25 years. The designs of new cars are boring because regulations forced this result.

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closetstuff

Everything You Have Is Worthless

– May 23, 2019

Whether you keep your stuff or not is up to you. But it is not up to you what price your stuff will elicit on the open marketplace.

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