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some of IJ's work on the issue:
The crony writer of this article and Paul Carr probably think tour guide licensing is good to protect customers too - same BS http://www.ij.org/dc-tours ... licensing and regulations of many industries is, many times, about protecting the profits of insiders by restricting competition.
1 year, 10 months ago on What taxi industry outsiders don’t get about VC-funded taxi apps
Bull, regulators are focused on closing down new competitors to the market to protect the legal cartel - i.e. to protect the profits of the insiders. It has nothing to do with health and safety.
There is no good reason for customers or entrepreneurs to have these restrictions... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T2912EqJ0U
The regulations protect big company insiders and hurt independent drivers and customers alike... just look what happened in DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T2912EqJ0U
"One of the reasons taxis are so tightly regulated is that they provide an essential public service; everyone deserves equal access."
Bull... the ONLY reason taxis are so tightly regulated is because the industry requested it to protect their own profits. Taxi companies lobbied government to legalize their own cartel. The government erects barriers to entry into the market to reduce competition and increase profits of the insiders. In exchange, the cartel gives the local government a cut of the additional profits through licensing fees.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY OR THE PUBLIC GOOD - this is about extracting additional revenue by force by preventing customers and entrepreneurs from making their own adult choices about what service to use or if they can create their own jobs.
Want to support true disruption of the market and free it from the bonds of greedy regulators and crony businessmen (and women... see above) then please support the Institute for Justice a civil rights law firm that has been fighting the taxi cartels across the country for over 20 years http://www.ij.org
I also want to note that it has been my experience that most journalists are undertrained (trained to write very well, but not how to think or comprehend economic or scientific studies). Basic math skills are sorely lacking and they don't seem to have any training in science or economics. Additionally, many journalists just repeat press releases... i think this is part bad training and part that many journalists are either overworked or on beats outside well outside their expertise. Confirmation bias is also a huge problem (you want to believe something so bad you are willing to ignore evidence to the contrary). My experience (5 years in Arizona and Nevada politics), of course, is anecdotal, and may not reflect reality.
1 year, 12 months ago on Entrepreneurs Should Stay in School
@KenG @Calacanis And also capable of being highly successful without college.... :/
@revivek most universities are not fond of intellectual curiosity... Group think is highly encouraged... Universities don't like independent thinkers upsetting people... That said journalists are highly undertrained... And are generally incapable of spotting BS studies... Case in point.... See above
Most impact studies of higher end are crap... Like the one you cite. They don't take into account costs... Not just tuition but opportunity costs. When controlling for these factors the value difference plummets.
Next, if you get into an elite school or top school you are already an outlier and will likely be successful with or without college. Note: part of the income gap between grads and non grads is simply self selection bias by highly skilled people.
Finally as college costs sore and the value degrees confer on grads continues to stagnate ( journalism like most liberal arts is a crap degree... I know I have three liberal art degrees) higher Ed wont provide you many skills to get ahead you can't get elsewhere.
I'm looking forward to the utter collapse of our corrupted self serving centers if higher pay for PhDs.... ;)
Oh and drop out unless you are studying restricted fields like medicine, science or engineering.... College degrees allow you to join their respective cartels....
@joewardpr additionally, being forced to work at your Soup Nazi Kitchen doesn't make you a caring person. Again, you may care, but we will never know unless your employment was voluntary. (Voluntary by definition means you can't be coerced).
2 years ago on Samuel L Jackson’s Patronizing, Hypocritical Viral Message To Obama Voters
@s5 PS, you should have been Blade's lawyer... ;)
You may be a caring person, but you can't prove it, if you are forced to do x.
Under Islam women are required to be modest...under pain of death. They may be modest, but we will never know for sure unless the women are allowed to voluntarily choose modest or immodesty without threats of coersion.
Paying your taxes and paying your rent are two very seperate issues. You are torturing logic in assuming. You can always buy your own house, build your own house, move to a different apartment. You have choices without threats of coercion. You do not have the same luxury with government (even if you can, with great difficulty, switch your country).
@droskill and its not a weak argument to assume that the internet would exist in some form without the government. Again its opportunity cost. You are COMPLETLY ignoring this. You assume that because A) It exists and B) the government funded X) that it would not exist without government. THis is a fallacy known as "Things seen and unseen" Bastiat wrote about it over 200 years ago. The fallacy gives the "government is always right" type a blanket excuse to argue for more government always (especially as government continues to crowd out other areas of the economy). Its an unimaginative fallacious way of thinking.
@droskill Early highways were almost all privately built. THe fact there are few today is only because government offers a "Free" alternative. Its hard to compete against "Free"That said there is NOTHING wrong with arguing from a hypothetical alternative. Its called "opportunity cost" and economists recognize this as something very important to consider. If the private sector can build and maintain a road for $1 million and the government for $2 what are you giving up? A: $1 million in SOMETHING ELSE.
@joewardpr @s5 @JustinPollard @JudyWang
You cannot be modest if you are forced, under pain of death, to wear a hajib or burka.You cannot be caring, if you are forced to help others in need.
So on and so forth. You must CHOOSE to be virtous without the threat of jail, pain, death etc.
@joewardpr @s5 @JustinPollard @JudyWangTaxes are the price we pay for being uncivilized. If we truly were we would not need a monopoy on violence to force us to be good.That said, patriotism is a virtue and like all virtues requires a choice. You must choose to be patriotic. Choices must be free of coercion to be true choices (the choice between worshiping god and or being put to death by stoning is not a true choice because of the threat of coercion). The ONLY way for patriotism to = paying taxes is if paying taxes = voluntary. IE you pay the tax voluntarily because it is the right thing to do, not because you are forced to do so.
@s5 @joewardpr @JustinPollard @JudyWang Yes, you can go to jail for not paying your taxes... and given the fact that the tax code is thousands of pages long, "criminal tax evasion" isn't that hard to obtain, even when you are trying to honestly pay... Now, even assuming you cannot, are you under the assumption that taxes are voluntary? There is always a very real threat for not paying taxes. Its coercive by nature.Peer pressure to pay tithes is WAY different than jail, liens, fines from the government.I also am curious as to how you got your mind reading powers... How do you know Gates or Buffet are good people out to support others. Buffett makes pledges to support things after he dies and often donates to charities where his children work. He also uses government power to coerce wealth to his own pockets so I'm just wondering what magical crystal ball you're using to know he does everything out of the kindness of his heart.
@joewardpr @JustinPollard @droskill @JudyWang There is a very simple math problem... these programs cannot be sustained. Money out is greater than money in.And its nonsense to assume government has a compassionate interest. Laughable actually. Working for government does not magically make employees more compassionate and less greedy than private sector employees. Government also has the problem of ignoring if not distorting price signals in the market...thus creating government externalities that may make problems worse...
@s5 @joewardpr @JustinPollard @JudyWang
you mean like claiming paying your taxes is patriotic, when in fact you are obligated to pay your taxes under the penalty of incarceration... ;)Volunteering your wealth to help others is better than thinking you're doing good because you want someone else to pay more taxes.Romney still stinks but Obama is just as bad...if not worse...
Anyway, both Romney and Obama are pretty terrible candidates. I think most Americans would probably rather have someone else. But in case you're a progressive and still asleep here is why you should remain apathetic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/Vote for a third party candidate to show your dissatisfaction or go volunteer your time to help a charity or person in need - you'll do more good than voting...
Vote for Gary Johnson... he's also rich with a networth of about $7m... thanks to a construction company he started called Big Johnson... gota love a good sense of humor! he's also the only candidate who doesn't want tot to tax you to death (if you weren't jailed for smoking pot first) while also bombing babies in developing nations...
@fry_dave http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_zTN4BXvYI Attack ads have been around for awhile.
2 years ago on The Unfinished Story of Us
I think most Americans are wishing we could pick between something better than Obama or Romney...
now all he needs is a "Get back to the farms and feed me!" meme to compliment his anti "sweatshop" meme.
2 years ago on Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti: Going Viral Is About Keeping It Simple
Never said it could do any of that nor did I say it should not be held responsible for crimes, wrongdoings, fraud etc. They aren't allowed to vote, but they are given personhood by the State so they can own assets, buy and sell, and sue and be sued in court. As Romney (and others) said, taxing a corporation is really just taxing employees, customers and shareholders. That was my only point.
2 years ago on Romney May Suck at Social Media, Doesn’t Mean He Won’t Be President
Basically a corporation is a group of people that have pooled their money and talent together to cooperate in pursuit of a business purpose
While I agree that Romney sometimes makes Biden look good, Romney is correct, corporations are people. people pool their money together to create them, people work in corporations and people keep them alive by buying goods and services. thus, taxing corporations means, taxing the investors, employees and customers.... Again, people.
Threatening to harm people should be banned, but hate speech itself is too broad... In fact we should ban hate speech rules. Focus on threatens violence not on this mythical "inciting" violence which only gives weak excuses for other peoples bad behavior. See Christopher Hitchens on free speech here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyoOfRog1EM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
2 years ago on The Slippery Definition of Hate Speech: Google’s Great YouTube Hypocrisy
This should be required watching for journalists (especially those writers of the LA Times and NYT), politicians and academics (and all others who have contempt for or inability to comprehend the first amendment) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyoOfRog1EM
2 years ago on What Obama’s iPad Says About the Future of News on Paper
Basically, whatever he (the government) doesn't like will be censored. At least that is what I'm getting based on recent issues...
We shouldn't protect companies period. It is bad economic policy. Especially if you are protecting (taking money from taxpayers and giving it to the corporation) export industries. IE, taxpayers are paying to reduce the price for other people. IE you're gifting goods to other countries as the poor Chinese people are gifting Americans with cheap solar panels.
2 years ago on Before You Throw That Windmill At Romney, Check This: Republican Governors Are Friends of Clean Tech
Loss of about $49 k per Volt at current volume. The loss will decrease when volume increases (economy of scale) but that isn't likely to happen all that much either.
Stanford study shows that $1 million in Solar power creates 3-5 new jobs. Sounds great, but in economics you learn about things seen and unseen. What are the opportunity costs of investing $1 million in Solar and not something else.According to the Stanford study the investing of $1 million in "something else" averages out to 10 jobs.In other words the cost of investing in Solar power isn't $1 million but -5 to -7 jobs (ie, 5 to 7 jobs destroyed).
Government subsidized a lot of things in our early history - the vast majority turned out to be flops. The transcontinental railroad was a major example. The line had to be ripped up and rebuilt and the system was bankrupt and in scandal within a decade. Transatlantic steamers were another. Ever heard of the Vanderbilt’s? Cornelius made his money competing against subsidized transatlantic steamers with his nonsubsidized steamers - he was forced to innovate while the subsidized companies got fat, bloated and wasteful.Subsidizing industry does not spur innovation, it dulls wit.
Yes, Nevada's Republican governor (Democrat controlled legislature) is wasting money on green tech right now. Green tech gov funding contributes to waste and economic inefficiencies not progress (currently green tech kills more jobs than it creates) http://reason.com/archives/2011/02/08/seen-green-jobs-unseen-layoffs
Government needs to stop offering loans, tax breaks, subsidies etc to corporations. Government should not pick winners and losers in the economy. More often than not, it picks incorrectly (or, not surprisingly, picks the well connected).We've been providing subsidies (at a great cost) to green tech for over 20 years. For over 20 years they've been saying "protect us so we can grow." Give me a break, that is not how you grow an economic sector. It doesn't work, it hasn't worked, it won't work. Protectionism doesn't work, if it did North Korea would be an economic powerhouse....
Tweet this Hamish and Kumar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7hO5meenaso#!
2 years ago on WordPress Staffer Petitions Dems to Enlist Betty White as Obama’s Opening Act
@Todd Dunning don't worry Todd, at least you conservatives have better sex http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/02/republicans-have-more-orgasms-according-to-match-com-sex-survey.html
2 years ago on Election 2012: The Street Fashion Edition
and for actual policy substance: http://reason.com/archives/2012/09/05/denialist-democrats
Note - old libertarian Republican talks to an empty chair the media has a field day making fun of someone for potentially being senial or crazy.
middle age Democrat union boss yells at an empty chair and then kicks it... media thinks it was a joke meant to be funny...
2 years ago on Pull Up A Chair and Enjoy the Twitter Election
meanwhile Kal Penn and Hamish - Tweet this: http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/05/after-starring-in-an-insulting-campaign
*I should fire my copy editor...
2 years ago on This Is What Michelle Obama’s Speech Sounded Like Tonight
Just a point of logical consistency... I eagerly await your next complaint about policy substance over emotion, passion, rhetoric and people tweeting about nothing to do with actual policy outcomes or prescriptions and instead tweeting about rich flowing rhetoric and claims about emotional heart tugging stories...
"Be a decent person, help the less fortunate, [but ignore the fact that we increased spending on Gitmo, escalated the wars of foreign aggression, dramatically increased the deficit, engaged in unauthorized drone strikes on foreign nations, deported more immigrants than Bush, lost more soldiers in wars than bush, kill hundreds of civilians, detained hundreds of people illegally, declared the power to assassinate American citizens, escalated the war on drugs all while telling your progressive base you are ending the war on drugs, and oh by the way we now support gay marriage in time for this upcoming election but only a decade after those evil rich capitalist Koch brothers began gay rights...] vote for my hubby!"
just a refresher: http://pandodaily.com/2012/09/04/social-medias-quick-twitch-honesty-shows-we-hardly-care-about-the-truth/
I think what he means is that the "fact checkers" don't show the same "rigor" when researching Obama's claims. For example, Obama claims the stimulus was a big success. Fact Checkers do too, despite the fact that Obama's program didn't even achieve the results he claimed it would. In fact, the results turned out far worse than Obama predicted would occur without his stimulus plan. To be fair, the Bush stimulus was also a major failure...as almost any stimulus package would be given how incompetently the money is spent by government.
2 years ago on Social Media’s Quick-Twitch Honesty Shows We Hardly Care About the Truth
Reason Magazine had a good article on this a few days ago: http://reason.com/archives/2012/09/03/obama-democrats-and-the-media-you-cant-h
Most of the rest werent actually lies, not in a way the word "lie" is defined in any English dictionaries. Hypcrite would be the appropriate word, but not liar.
Factory lie turned out to be true. The plant was shut down in summer of 2009.
@anton94 It is more simple than that. The government thinks you're too stupid to spend your own money which is why they must restrict what you can and cannot do with it...
2 years, 1 month ago on The JOBS Act: Coming Soon to a Startup Near You, If the SEC Would Just Get Out of the Way
now that was a great article and great story.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Science of Badass: How Nasty Gal Avoided Ecommerce Gimmicks and Silicon Beach to Bank $40m and a New Line
@mcarney meanwhile Congress voted to kill the DC Opportunity Scholarship program, which was significantly cheaper than Head Start and had statistically significant positive impacts for low-income students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34kYMm82oo
2 years, 1 month ago on US Government CTO Pretty Much Wants to Marry “Lean Startup”
@mcarney I didn't either but the article states: After the talk, Ries told me that, despite his initial skepticism, the Lean Startup model has proven successful in a government context. “What’s great about Todd and Aneesh Chopra before him is that they are not only trying to adopt lean startup in the government generally, but also they walked the walk themselves. So this program was prototyped and tested at HHS, at USCIS, at the FDA, and the results they got are nothing short of extraordinary.”There is no evidence that anything extraordinary has occurred but assuming it has, how long has the lean start up been tried at HHS?Head Start isn't shut down yet. That report came out 2 years ago. HHS had the data collected and report finished 3 years before that. There is another decade of research on top of that showing the exact same results.I think the politicians are telling you all what you want to hear and I don't expect those words to translate into any meaningful positive action.