Category: economics

Progressives, Conservatives, and Health Care Reform

As the final vote for the Democrats’ health care reform bill got closer, the frantic attempts by Republicans to stop it reminded me of a rather apt G.K. Chesterton quote. “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives […]

Science Funding in Bizarro World

This is so stupid it’s infuriating. Subsidized science “Baltimore-based company Champions Biotechnology has a business tale to tell, one reminiscent of Robin Hood. But there’s no robbing of the rich in this story. Rather, Champions uses revenue from premium services offered to wealthy clients to subsidize risky—and hard-to-fund—research.” […] “Champions spent $1.7 million on R&D […]

An Intellectual Property Debate Broadcast

Remember that Podcamp Pittsburgh IP debate I told you about? Well, the video has finally been uploaded. Now the whole world can hear my nasal voice.

They Finally Convinced Me

I have Comcast cable internet. When it works, the speed of the connection is great. But there are just too many times when it doesn’t work. Moreover, Comcast has some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced—on the phone, in person, via the web.
But now, with internet usage on the rise, instead of […]

Is Wal-Mart Really to Blame?

I’d like to respond to some of Howard’s and Steve’s comments to my previous article, so I’ll take them in turn. Unfortunately, I’m so darn long-winded that it’s too big for a simple comment post, so its taken the form of an article: Costco’s competition with Walmart Howard speaks of how Costco effectively competes with …

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