Censorship Isn’t the Solution to Social Media’s Ills

– May 30, 2022

“When you start down this slope there is no apparent end. Euphemisms take over from plain speech, and we live in a society in which the use of the wrong word can suggest that you are not fit for public office or to teach.” ~ Llewellyn King

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Politics Is the Pathology. Morality Is the Cure.

– May 25, 2022

“The world is forgetting timeless truths, distracted as they are by political spectacles and errant ideologies. Even if that means shouting into the wind, we must do everything we can to rediscover the human practices that guard civilization.” ~ Max Borders

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The Perils of a Modern Babel

– May 23, 2022

“Pursuing a modern Babel project through social media technology is not any better than the ancient Biblical project pursued with bricks.” ~ Richard Gunderman & Mark Mutz

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This Tweet Contains Speech. Click Here to Learn More.

– May 10, 2022

“Twitter users who have grown accustomed to surrendering their critical thinking to warning labels placed on others’ Tweets may need a period of adjustment. A new batch of pro-free-speech labels might just do the trick.” ~ Jon Sanders

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Modern Day Bills of Exchange

– May 10, 2022

“Bitcoin, or cryptocurrency more generally, allows us to look at issues related to exchange, money, payments, and finance through a new lens.” ~ Joshua R. Hendrickson

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A Reality Czar? What Could Possibly Go Wrong.

– May 8, 2022

“So who could be trusted as the reality czar? No one. That is why Democrats never suggested one when Trump was in office. In politics, truth is subservient to power.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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The Future Will Be Flatter than Ever

– May 6, 2022

“Thomas Friedman declared in his 2005 book The World is Flat, that the world is flat. This “flattening” (or leveling of the playing field, as we might think of it) continues today in radically new ways that Friedman may not have imagined.” ~ Emile Phaneuf

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Betting on Social Media

– May 6, 2022

“MIBM platforms don’t need thought police or feckless fact checkers, they need to enable the types of nonviolent signals and claims markets long found in taverns. The recent easing of gambling laws in many states will help.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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AOL, Elon Musk, and Twitter

– May 5, 2022

“Nothing lasts forever. What’s true applies to Twitter. To pretend that so much importance can be derived from one company and its owner is just childish, and it insults the greatest country on earth.” ~ John Tamny

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Three Topics for Young Political Economists

– April 19, 2022

“I would claim that the growth of platforms that allow peer-to-peer cooperation, and foster the low-cost commodification of excess capacity, are likely to change our relations to work, to ownership, and to each other.” ~ Michael Munger

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More Poison from Twitter

– April 18, 2022

“Taking away this valuable shareholder option without their consent is not in owners’ interests, as commonly reflected by negative stock price changes when poison pills are adopted without shareholder approval.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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The Panic Reveals So Much: Elon Musk, Twitter, and the Digital Public Sphere

– April 18, 2022

“The proposed buyout of Twitter – targeting the curated reality of the powerful – pushed the aggressively anti-free-expression agenda out into the light. Censorship serves the powerful, and, as Greenwald notes, ‘the panic reveals so much.'” ~ Laura Williams

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