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Three Kinds of Poverty

I’ve seen a number of nonsensical conflations of different poverty issues go by in various social media feeds today. I think a major problem is that people seem to think that poverty is just one issue — and they keep … Continue reading

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Why Do Fans Want Artists to Make Money?

I enjoyed watching Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy a lot at the theater. It’s got a lot going for it — clever writing, interesting characters, some impressive CG (that technology has come a long way!), and more. One thing I … Continue reading

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Economists and the ‘As If’ Argument

Really nice post from “Unlearning Economics”.  We should model our ideas of economics on the behavior of real humans, not ideal economically-rational automatons: Economists and the ‘As If’ Argument. I would add that, most of the time, when natural intelligence … Continue reading

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On the Signal Value of Paying for Digital Works

I didn’t think I would like this article by Chuck Wendig “Why I Hope You Won’t Pirate My Book”, but after reading, I find there’s actually a lot here I agree with. He’s not making one of those obnoxious pseudo-moralistic arguments … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Piracy is Good for Sales

Still buying the moral panic over Internet piracy? Internet file-sharing “piracy” drives sales (i.e. it functions as advertising), according to a new study conducted by two business researchers from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Copenhagen Business School. This has always … Continue reading

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What’s So Awful About “Redistributionism” After All?

Walmart, Workers, and Public Subsidies of Corporate Employers OR: What’s So Awful About “Redistributionism” After All? Although I sympathize with the workers striking against Walmart, I also know that Walmart is not alone. There are a lot of employers who … Continue reading

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