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How to Demolish Libertarian Ideas About Property

by Mike Konczal | Sep 3, 2013 | Economy

(Ronald Coase) Property isn’t a vertical relationship between a person and an object, but instead is a horizontal, reciprocal relationship of exclusions between people. Since the benefit of one person in regard to property comes at the expense of someone else, there’s no logical or coherent way to invoke liberty or classical liberal principles of […]

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Airline Anti-Trust But Scarcely a Whisper on Regulation

by Alejandro Reuss | Aug 28, 2013 | Economy

(Source: Wikipedia) In one of the best-known exchanges of all the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes mentions to a Scotland Yard detective the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time” (a clue in the theft of a racehorse). When the detective points out that the dog had done nothing that night, Holmes replies: “That was […]

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Against Pursuing Excellence

by Jack Metzgar | Aug 27, 2013 | Economy

(Source: Pete Souza) I am not against excellence. I just think it’s over-rated as an aspiration. In fact, I think aspiration itself may be over-rated. When I see excellence—when I’m competent to recognize it (and in many fields, like science and opera, I am not)—it is thrilling and heartening, as a friend once said, to […]

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Why Can’t Democracy Trump Inequality?

by Sam Pizzigati | Aug 26, 2013 | Economy

(Sheldon Adelson | Cource: Wikipedia) Fifty years ago, Americans lived in a society that had been growing—and had become—much more equal. In 1963, of every $100 in personal income, less than $10 went to the nation’s richest 1 percent. Americans today live in a land much more unequal. The nation’s top 1 percent are taking […]

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The Ground Game Behind the Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage

by | Aug 5, 2013 | Economy

(Fast-food workers walk out on July 30 in Detroit | Source: Detroit Free Press) Libya Moore typically spends Wednesdays at home in Pittsburgh taking care of her infant daughters. But on July 24, she found herself in a Target store, the lead singer in a dance that she dubbed the “Target Shuffle.” The song, a […]

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