In reality, Charles Koch’s concern with the conference agenda was that it never addressed the difficulty of transforming a Communist economy to a free-market economy. Without a focus on these transition issues, Charles Koch believed the recommendations would backfire and lead to anything but a free economy (which is, indeed, what happened). When Charles Koch advised Crane of this, Crane discounted the problem and refused to make changes.
For people hoping that somehow Romney might be more rational on the drug war than a typical religious conservative, this NYTimes piece about Romney's life in La Jolla throws cold water on those hopes.
A young man in town recalled that Mr. Romney confronted him as he smoked marijuanaand drank on the beach last summer, demanding that he stop.
The issue appears to be a recurring nuisance for the Romneys. Mr. Quint, who lives on the waterfront near Mr. Romney, said that a police officer had asked him, on a weekend when the candidate was in town, to report any pot smoking on the beach. The officer explained to him that “your neighbors have complained,” Mr. Quint recalled. “He was pretty clear that it was the Romneys.”
During the last election cycle Greece's far right Golden Dawn politicians either refused to show up to the debates or were not invited. It's hard to tell for sure, but they still won 22 seats in the election showing that they cannot easily be ignored. This time around we see why not having them at debates might have been a good idea for all parties involved.
It should be noted that Golden Dawn has a history of more extreme violence.
Marginal Revolution is one of my favorite blogs. Together Tyler Cowen and Alex Taborrak provide a good mix of relevant information, insightful commentary and enjoyable yet somehow relevant nonsense. I also really like learning about how to eat better food. So when An Economist Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowen was announced I immediately pre-ordered it. Leading up to the publication, I read most of the reviews of the book that Tyler Cowen linked from his blog. He also linked to many articles and interviews he did in order to promote the book and I excitedly read them. This led to an interesting situation, as by the time I got the book I had already read over half of the material in it. The idea that you should eat where the scene is not specializing in attracting beautiful women who attract other patrons regardless of the quality of the food or that Pakistani (Vietnamese) food will be better than Indian (Thai) food because the typical Indian (Chinese/Thai) restaurant caters to the less demanding average American was something I'd read a few times before I finally got to that chapter in the book.
A policy proposed by members of the legislature in the freest country in the world:
...their plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country. Their proposal would also impose a mandatory 30 percent tax on the capital gains of anybody who renounces their U.S. citizenship.
The plan would bar individuals like Saverin from ever reentering the United States again.
1. Indian is exporting a negative externality. This is one of the first mainstream articles to focus on plasmids in the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. They allow a transfer of resistance at a much greater rate than resistance would spread if only direct descendants of mutant bacteria were able to pass on resistance.