Topic: Regulation

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Google’s Data Breach Scandal Is About Regulation

– October 12, 2018

Google wasn’t truly afraid of reputational damage, as it reigns supreme as the top search engine online. What it feared was that this data-breach problem would put it face to face with Congress.

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How Government Stifles Choice and Competition at the Pump

– October 11, 2018

Government subsidies and regulations are usually a mess. Each rule or payment might have its own laudable goal in a vacuum. But in many industries, aided by politics and corporate lobbying, the laws pile up on each other, twisting markets until economic logic seemingly doesn’t apply.

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The Real Agenda Behind Amazon’s New $15 per Hour Minimum Wage

– October 3, 2018

Many people assume that to raise wages, big companies must be dragged along by government policy. Amazon’s eye-opening announcement yesterday suggests otherwise.

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Our Bundled Government

– October 1, 2018

How many times have you had to hold your nose when voting for a candidate because you hate their views on some issues but agree with them on issues you find more important? This is the familiar problem of bundling.

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The Amazingly Persistent Failure of Politics

– October 1, 2018

No matter how good legislators’ intentions are, and no matter how much money government spends, government “solutions” are very likely to fall short of solving most of the problems they’re sold as solving. Indeed, often the result is disastrous.

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Facebook Enters the Online Dating World

– September 25, 2018

The idea that Facebook will now have access to even more private information from its users may bother those who believe that what they disclose to a private organization should stay between the two of them, not between them and the government.

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Speak Not of Legislation as Law

– September 24, 2018

Particular laws can be undesirable, and legislation often serves useful purposes. Nevertheless, legislation is not law. So the common habit of using “law” and “legislation” as synonyms sows much confusion.

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Scooter Nation

– September 17, 2018

You have to travel around a bit to discover the astonishing way the dockless electric scooter has transformed urban life in America.

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Governments Can Harass Airbnb, But They Won’t Stop Progress

– September 14, 2018

“Government and lobbying power can slow down the pace of change but they won’t stop progress.” ~ Chloe Anagnos 

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Vaping: Risky for Teens, But a Safe Target for the FDA

– September 13, 2018

E-cigarettes certainly carry with them some complicated health problems. But in terms of getting a big, flashy regulatory win, they are far less complicated than many arguably more dangerous products whose sellers have both deeper pockets and connections within government.

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Kim Kardashian’s Fight For Criminal Justice Reform

– September 10, 2018

“Giving judges discretion over sentencing helps the individual under review, society as a whole, and the taxpayer, who won’t have to financially support yet another nonviolent convict for decades into the future. But most importantly, it helps to lessen the burden that the drug war has placed on the shoulders of people of color.” ~ Chloe Anagnos

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Government Is Like a Bad Football Fan

– August 28, 2018

Fans will be fans. Peanut galleries will always be with us. It’s entertainment, and a major reason why we actually like sports, music, and books. Everyone is a critic. That’s all fine. But let’s not forget the profound difference between those who do and those who pretend to do, nor the difference between those whose wealth rests on creativity and human volition and those who bully others to get their way.

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