Waylaid Dialectic

May 23, 2010

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Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 10:45 am
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Christoper Hitchens: the world’s most eloquent pub bore?

When the sartorial lends itself to the satirical from Aidwatch. There are times when looking good makes you look real bad.

Paul Krugman has a graph for people – like NZ’s treasury, and current government – who take it as axiomatic that cutting the top marginal tax rate leads to better economic outcomes.

Professor Krugman also has a nice explanation of why regulation isn’t inevitably subject to the capture of vested interests:

So why does regulation work? If polluters can buy off the system ex post, after a disaster, why don’t they manage to totally corrupt regulation ex ante?… But one thing we tend to forget in this age of Reagan is the importance and virtues of a dedicated bureaucracy: when you have professional government agencies with a job to do, and treat them with respect, that job often gets done.

Amen.

And finally Owen is running a series of tech tips for development workers. Within minutes of reading episode one the sound on my trusty burrolaptop started working again. Seriously.

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2 Comments

  1. I’d guess the resurrection of your laptop sound may be a coincidence … 🙂

    Comment by Owen Barder — May 24, 2010 @ 1:47 am

  2. Can’t rule that out…the real pity is that I didn’t think to set up some sort of RCT before I switched my computer on yesterday morning 🙂

    Comment by terence — May 24, 2010 @ 9:40 am


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