Doctor Who?

October 8th, 2012
I have heard it said that we are living in a new golden age of television. That might be true. For Doctor Who, it's "Anywhere you want. Any time you want. There's one condition - it has to be amazing." (Series 5 opening, 2010) more »

socialist paradise in practice

October 7th, 2012
Several thoughts come to mind with the story depicted by the images here about this natural gas deposit that has been burning in the former Soviet Union since 1971.  Perhaps the most concise would be simply that the roads to hell are paved with good… more »

privilege - when law favors private interests

October 2nd, 2012
The regulatory state tends to promote special interests more »

rant on Brooks on Elon Musk

September 25th, 2012
In short, we don’t need “government policies that boost them along”. more »

two educational podcasts

September 24th, 2012
In the same week I found two distinct but complementary takes on the question of whether there might be better ways to improve education among the poorest in our communities. more »


September 19th, 2012
Among the recent news is a report in Nature Materials out of Charles Lieber's lab at Harvard, describing what they call "nanoelectronic scaffolds for synthetic tissues."  This sort of topic is liable for all sorts of hyperbolic rambling, so I'll try to restrain myself. more »

yet another Seattle sports stadium subsidy

September 16th, 2012
I am amazed and disappointed that Seattle's City Council can be considering yet one more public subsidy to sports teams.  How do we know it is a subsidy? for one thing, if the stadium enthusiasts were just in business, then all they would need is a building permit. more »

the crisis - gory details

September 15th, 2012
I have made several posts concerning various perspectives on the current economic crisis, and thought it would be useful to summarize and comment on those item in a single piece. more »

rapping the financial crisis, on econtalk

September 11th, 2012
Roberts and Papola made two rap videos about the differences between Hayek and Keynes - these episodes discuss the underlying ideas and the work to create the videos. more »

bailouts on econtalk

September 10th, 2012
Econtalk host Russ Roberts recently interviewed Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General of the TARP (and life long democrat), about his work with the Troubled Asset Relief Program and other related programs.  Barofsky was responsible for making sure that the taxpayer money spent in those programs had some semblance of accountability, and instead was faced with obstacles thrown up not by the banks, but by the US administration and Treasury departments. more »