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  • Internet Service Monopolies

    August 25, 2016

    David Burress

    Part 1. Libertarian Domination US communications monopolies provide slow speed at high prices, putting us far behind world best practice in Internet service. That is quite obviously going to show up over time in reduced international competitivity, not that libertarians give a damn. This is a political fact, not an economic fact. It is caused by non-regulation, ...

  • Brownback’s Wasteful Privatization

    August 24, 2016

    David Burress

    Brownback forced some state agencies to move out of the Docking building (which he wants to raze) into rental quarters. Consequently the Department of Administration had to raise rents on the remaining agencies to cover operating costs for all that vacant space.   This is absurdly inefficient by ordinary standards, but highly efficient by movement-conservative standards. It ...

  • On Our Patent Laws

    August 24, 2016

    David Burress

    Any patent becomes a social disaster as soon as it is granted. The hope of receiving a patent is a spur to innovation, but once received the actual patent is a legally enforced monopoly entitling the owner to stifle direct competition and charge the maximum price the market will bear.   We see this at its most ...

  • Missing Demographic Data

    August 23, 2016

    David Burress

    Motivation of the right-wing white male voting block is controversial among both right-wing and left-wing opinionators.   First is the question of ingroupism (racism/sexism/anti-elitism) versus economic stress. The correct answer is both, and also that the two types of forces reinforce each other. However Democrats can’t appeal to racism or sexism, so they need to propose and ...