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What to do with the railways

The government needs to loosen its regulatory stance on the railway industry and let the private sector take command of both infrastructure and services, which in turn will create investment, encourage innovation and ease pressure on the public purse.

Video: Bob Layson on the Management of The Economy

Do economies actually exist or are there merely patterns of trade between consenting, economising, producers? It is undeniable that countries and governments and the people subject to them, exist. Various prods and pats given by governments (tariffs, bounties, taxes, subsidies, prescriptions and prohibitions, issuance of state money) certainly exist too, and are described as being…

An argument lost

I found this 1913 article about Sir Charles Macara serendipitously when looking for the nearby article about the “suicide” of Emily Davison via Samizdata. It was on the same page of the original Times paper. We know that the “employers” lost the initial argument over National Insurance and organised themselves after the event to fight…

Time to go distributed

This article on TechCrunch, describes the centralisation of computing and data into silos like Facebook, Twitter, GMail etc, and shows how these developments were enablers of PRISM. The article calls for a new Prometheus to bring us the technology to stop this happening, to render centralisation unnecessary. I emplore any computer programmer to please go…

Video: Hacking at Hierarchy

Adriana’s talk offered less in the way of practical solutions than I might have liked and less perhaps than the write-up promised, but this did not diminish a fascinating talk by someone clearly absorbed in her topic. The following write up is based, in order of importance, on her notes which were quite thorough and…

Customers are not top priority for businesses

The Lloyd’s Risk Index for 2013 shows an interesting view for Europe. Respondents of the survey, representing 588 C-suite and board level executives, were asked to rate both the overall risk category and a number of specific risks within each of the overall categories for both their corporate risk priorities and for the degree of…

Why welfare is just not cricket

Tonight is the second part of a BBC series called “Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits”. I didn’t know about the program in time to see part one, and am probably not alone, so hopefully this post will sever to alert readers to it. It’s on tonight 11th July at 9.00pm. On the…

Video: The life and works of Garet Garrett

Garet Garrett (1878-1954) is a case study in forgotten genius. His work offers a sparkling vision of peace under free markets. Garrett saw peace and freedom as the essential precondition for the real drama of human life that revolves around creation, association, risk, love, courage and the full range of human experiences that transform society…