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Monday Morning Reflection

I would prefer to be the only propertyless person in a propertied world rather than the only propertied person in a propertyless world.

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Before I proceed with this post, let’s get this out of the way. Here is a really cute elephant picture: And let me get the following out of the way: even though I understand the economics and arguments about why we may want to allow and perhaps even encourage hunting, I don’t like it at […]

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As with just about every issue on Earth, most folks who are providing commentary on the Standing Rock Reservation protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline don’t have very much real information about the particular conflict. In order to have a reasoned and intelligent conversation about it, one would imagine wanting to learn more about the […]

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Not much to round-up today (well, actually, I am not in a position to round-up much), and some is sobering. Try this one: “We find that poor economic conditions do┬ánot drive participation in ISIS. ” Paper here. Read the abstract, intro and conclusion, you will be depressed. I think Trumpists will use this one fiercely […]

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In my Living Bird magazine this month comes a feature article on the predicament the Greater Sage Grouse finds itself in. These birds are quite spectacular in particular for the dance that the males put on come mating season. It’s not just that male sage grouses strut their stuff, but that the typical “winning” male […]

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I promised last week that we’d have an interesting post on the “problem” of rent. Not sure about the interesting part, but here is the post nonetheless. First, a generic observation about property rights. For any economy to operate, we must have some institution of property rights that is reasonably well functioning. “Well-functioning” actually has […]

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It depends of course. A great application is here. HT to Owen O.

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Or not. Saturday we linked to a “Sustainability” post about opinions on plastic bags. There is a hidden gem in the comments: and those of us who do not want to use them every time we shop will not be paying for them as an overhead cost in the price of goods A common argument […]

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Each Spring the facilities crew at the U of R tirelessly reseeds all of the sides of sidewalks that have been destroyed by the winter plowing. And our enlightened students and staff totally respect that work. Here is the sidewalk along intercampus parking lot, just across from the library, looking North. You can see the […]

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