12 Jul 2013

Anything but water

  1. Elected winners need to care for minorities and the flip side of liberation:
    The postwar America of declining income inequality and a corporate elite that put the community’s interest above its own was also a closed-minded, restrictive world that the left rebelled against—hence, the 1960s. It is unpleasant to consider the possibility that the personal liberation the left fought for also liberated corporate elites to become more selfish, ultimately to the detriment of us all—but that may be part of what happened.
  2. What Macho Herbicide Names Tell Us About Fighting Weeds (and Ourselves) and Romania's farmers try to survive EU regulations that favor agribusiness

  3. Anyone interested in sustainable growth and social progress should read the Stiglitz report. I'd avoid their top-down, management-heavy solutions in favor of ENDING top-down management and special interest subsidies. Use the price mechanism and permit local solutions

  4. How your state compares for cheapness of solar power... is a good guide to the subsidies given to this industry, i.e., cheap for solar =  expensive for taxpayers or ratepayers. Germany's subsidies are so expensive that the government will end them by 2018 (it's not clear if they will end for all panels or just new ones); fun fact: Germans are paying $23 billion for electricity worth $4 billion

  5. Why does the government decide who's married and who is not? Marriage gives partners legal and financial rights. Perhaps those should be directed at individuals instead of partners?

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