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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Friedman centenary

Today (Tuesday 31st) is Milton Friedman’s centenary.  It seems appropriate to link to some Milton Friedman quotes here and here.  Various bloggers have offered their comments, including Bryan Caplan’s ode, Tyler Cowen notes how much he is still needed, Lars Christensen writes him a letter, and David Glasner continues his campaign against the Wall St […]

Obligations VI and photos

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been scarce over the last few weeks. This is because I went to London, Ontario to attend the Obligations VI conference (which covers private law: contract, tort, unjust enrichment, property, trusts, equity etc). The theme of the conference was “Challenging Orthodoxy”. If you know anything about legal […]

Broken by the fix

What do the goldzone Great Depression (1929-3?) and the Eurozone Great Recession (2008-?) have in common? They were both created by European central banks with the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) as accessory during and after the fact. (Yes, the monetary shock which set off the Great Recession started in Europe though the responsibility of the […]

Chocolate!

Time for some more food p0rn. It is always time for chocolate. This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.

The Law is an Ass Bandit

Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue, indicating the earliest ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015. Political leaders, equality organisations and some faith groups welcomed […]

15 Miles From Columbine

Colorado awoke to its worst mass shooting since the Columbine massacre after at least 12 people were killed and 50 injured by a lone gunman wielding tear gas and firing randomly at cinema goers at the midnight premier of the Batman movie. One traumatised eyewitness caught on camera soon after the shooting said: “There was […]

Have caterpillar tracks, will climb

Venezia is not a wheelchair friendly city.  Almost all the bridges are stepped. But we were taken with this solution to the problem of wheelchairs and stairs. Dr Who fans will no doubt go to a famous joke about the Daleks. This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.

Unreasonable Force

A police officer who hit Ian Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground at the G20 protests has been found not guilty of manslaughter. PC Simon Harwood, 45, of south London, denied the manslaughter, in April 2009, of Mr Tomlinson, 47, on the grounds that he used reasonable force. Mr Tomlinson, was […]

Debt and boom

The slogan for this post is: don’t think debt, think safe assets. (This post is partly provoked by this post by Paul Krugman responded to by Scott Sumner and by Marcus Nunes.) In my Debt, Doom and Despair post I noted that a hugely debt-burdened post-Napoleonic Wars UK (where the national public debt was probably about […]

‘Dirty’ Protest

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has walked free from prison after six years locked up for refusing to wear clothes. The 53-year-old said he was looking forward to seeing his children for the first time in years. A naked Mr Gough was spoken to by police as he was freed from Perth Prison, but was allowed […]