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Summer Rerun: Journey into a Libertarian Future: Part III – Regulation

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 7:16pm in

Another dive, in both senses of the word, into the implications of libertarian ideology.

Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans – Or Worse?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 3:09pm in

The odd idea of replacing generals with AI is getting a hearing.

World Bank’s ‘Mobilizing Finance for Development’ Not Financing Development

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 11:55pm in

The World Bank is trying to rebrand a failed public private partnership scheme as "blended finance". Developing countries, beware.

Former Board Member Jelincic: CalPERS Claims It Is Protecting Confidential, as in Criminal, Informants in Hiding Details About Lending

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 12:42pm in

CalPERS made damaging statements to justify withholding information about private loans. That suggestswhat it was hiding is even worse.

Koch Influence Taints New Tufts-Based Think Thank: The Tentacles of the Mercatus Center

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 24/08/2020 - 11:55pm in

A timely reminder that despite the raging pandemic, Koch interests keep up their efforts to influence politics and academia.

Looting, American Style: CEOs Get Big Pre-Bankruptcy Bonuses Even When Lenders and Employees Stiffed

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 4:43pm in

Failed CEOs succeed in looting their companies on the verge of bankruptcy filings.

How Dairy Monopolies Keep Milk Off the Shelves

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 7:58pm in

How consolidation in dairy processing has led to overproduction of milk and dumping.

Fiscal Austerity and the Rise of the Nazis

Local economic data and election results in Weimar Germany shows that more acute austerity led to more Nazi support.

Fed Economists Finger Monopoly Concentration as Underlying Driver of Neoliberal Economic Restructuring; Barry Lynn in Harpers and Fortnite Lawsuit Put Hot Light on Tech Monopoly Power

Some good work on monopoly is marred by the bizarre inclusion of Uber. Its predatory pricing is the result of deep pockets and ideology, not potential market power.