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The ‘Unseen’ Deserve Empathy, Too

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm

John Hasnas: Calling on judges to be compassionate or empathetic is in effect to ask them to undo this balance and favor the seen over the unseen. Paraphrasing Bastiat, if the difference between the bad judge and the good judge is that the bad judge focuses on the visible effects of his or her decisions […]

    Friedman: Two Great Depressions

    Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    David Friedman: In its simplest form, targuing that since we had the New Deal and the economy eventually recovered the New Deal was a success, is like arguing that if the doctor bleeds the patient and the patient eventually recovers, that means that the treatment was a success. We can do a little better than […]

      冯冠军:读薛兆丰《商业无边界》

      Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

      冯冠军:整本书是美国反垄断法的纵览,美国的司法实践是逐步从“本身原则”到“理性原则”,同时也逐步吸收了经济学在垄断问题上的一些成果。但各国却有意无意地仍以五六十年以前的美国反垄断法作为模板效仿,值得深思。公共选择学派的出现,破除了“公共政策和公共机构必然服务于公众利益”的迷信,破除了“反垄断机构控告企业肯定是为了促进竞争”的迷信,破除了“法官的判决肯定有道理”的迷信。因此基于各当事人的利益,这种非常简单的关于反垄断的经济谬误竟然长期存在并被顽固鼓吹,便不难理解。因此其他国家的法院和管制者似乎更愿意让智力的时钟定格在1950年,一个反垄断思维荒诞不经的高峰期。因为围绕在1950年版的反垄断法周围才是更容易“寻租”的乐园。受益的是政府官员、法官、学者和律师等,受到伤害的是对消费者作出贡献的所谓“垄断”企业和整个社会(见这里)。

        冯冠军:读薛兆丰《商业无边界》

        Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am

        整本书是美国反垄断法的一个纵览,美国的司法实践是逐步从“本身原则”到“理性原则”,同时也逐步吸收了经济学在垄断问题上的一些成果。但各国却有意无意地仍以五六十年以前的美国反垄断法作为模板效仿,值得深思。

          Poitier: Striving For A Life Of Excellence

          Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 1:02 am

          NPR: When Poitier was a teenager he left his native Bahamas for better opportunities in Miami. His father took him to the dock, gave him a lecture and then put $3 in his hand. “He said, ‘take care of yourself, son.’ And he turned me around to face the boat,” Poitier says. On the boat, […]

            Unless Civic Education Improves

            Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

            The republic, David Souter (retiring Supreme Court Justice) said, “can be lost, it is being lost, it is lost, if it is not understood.” He cited surveys showing large majorities of the public cannot name the three branches of government, something he said would have been unheard of when he was growing up in rural […]

              Hylton, Manne and Wright on Intel

              Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm

              Hylton, Manne and Wright: The irony of the new approach is that it puts the new administration on a collision course with the law. The previous DOJ, whatever its shortcomings, reflected an honest effort to adopt an enforcement strategy that was likely to find success given the existing monopolization law developed independently by the courts. […]

                Chrysler and the Rule of Law

                Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

                Todd J. Zywicki: The Obama administration’s behavior in the Chrysler bankruptcy is a profound challenge to the rule of law. Secured creditors — entitled to first priority payment under the “absolute priority rule” — have been browbeaten by an American president into accepting only 30 cents on the dollar of their claims. Meanwhile, the United […]

                  How Pullman Porters Helped the Blacks

                  Posted on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:07 am

                  NPR: Tye, who wrote Rising from the Rails: The Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, says Pullman “knew they would come cheap, and he paid them next to nothing. And he knew that there was never a question off the train that you would be embarrassed by running into one of […]

                    李子旸:怎样判断一个经济学理论的对错

                    Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

                    李子旸:经济学理论事实检验的高度困难,使得人们从一开始就要放弃那种不可控的、多变的、因素无数的,因而也是没有意义的实验,而要严格地从理论本身的假设起点、逻辑结构和推导过程去判断理论的对错。有人把经济学理论拒绝事实检验理解为拒绝任何检验,也就是拒绝批判。这显然是误读。经济学理论从来都不拒绝,也无权拒绝从假设真实性和逻辑推导角度的批判和检验。实际上,这也是经济学理论发展的主要方式。批判是知识增长的方式。经济学理论所拒绝的,是那种貌似公正、实际上只是某种粗陋简单且靠不住的事实检验。理论不应该因为某种片面观察就被轻易推翻。那将杜绝大多数理论的生存机会。人们将因此付出智识水平大幅下降的代价。那是我们不能承受的代价(见这里)。

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