Category Archives: Economics, social and commercial policy

By social policy, I generally mean transfer and tax policies for individuals and families, as well as various regulations that influence their economic decisions (or scope of functionings and sphere of political possibilities). Trade policy is trade policy, which will involve lots of game theory from political science for the international negotiation side of things. Classical structures from economic theory generally provide a good baseline that can be the basis of discussion of externalities and other market imperfections. Some more technical stuff might creep in here.

Does marijuana legalization CAUSE reduced overdose deaths? If so, here’s one way how.

Item #3 in a Cato Institute video mentions evidence that overdose rates are declining in states (USA) where marijuana is legal, with little other interpretation evident than this: availability of marijuana reduces the number of people who are introduced to … Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution

I’m not convinced that regimes under Stalin or Mao would have been particularly less murderous under some form of capitalism (whether state capitalism, monopolistic capitalist, or other), or that any system birthed by revolutions against Czarist Russia or pre-revolutionary China … Continue reading

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Economic costs of sleep deprivation

Quartz follows up on linking to a NY Times article on sleep deprivation with the following basic facts: 7: Minimum hours of sleep you need to not be “sleep deprived.” $680 billion: GDP lost to sleep deprivation each year in … Continue reading

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Sovietesque: Willingness to turn in or slander any one any time for any true/untrue and/or known/unknown reason(s)

Sovietesque: A term which enables to speak of certain realities without having to face the inordinately internal and domestic nature of certain practices of the present day which are fundamentally similar to practices claimed of Soviets presumed by at least … Continue reading

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Musk calls for government regulation to ensure that market pressures to pursue AI are not civilization threatening

In calling for regulation and government leadership or direction on the matter, Musk departs from his typically unfavourable attitude towards regulation. He highlights manipulation of information (e.g. fake news, etc) as among major risks that an AI could be harnessed … Continue reading

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One way that neurotech can be dumb: “Any maybe leaders”, profiling relating to a policy position, and 20-year advance foreign suppression in an open country

The situation: A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if Domestic Policy A becomes supported in government. 10,000 “maybe leaders” under the age of 25 have their social media accounts hacked for the purpose of finding … Continue reading

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Thoughts relating to perspectives on “flexible labour” as pertains to freelancers / contractors / self-employed

What share of independent professionals would turn down a guaranteed 40 hour work week at 80% of the pay per unit output? The benefits of flexible labour supply should not be ignored, and potential lifestyle aspects will appeal to some. … Continue reading

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Net neutrality rehash

Setting lower speed limits for small players is not right. Consumers should be empowered to make these choices through the bandwidth speeds they pay for. (This is the status quo.) It should not be left to the ISPs to decide … Continue reading

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When “I told you so” is the last thing you want to be warranted in saying

A site from Russian hackers is live streaming thousands of hacked video surveillance devices, live online. These hacked video surveillance devices are in Canada. More here.   Video surveillance, if any, should be closed circuit and extractbale for reviewing only … Continue reading

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“Tough on IT security”

We need more “tough on IT security” legislation which vigorously enables consumers and businesses to more easily assure themselves of their IT security.

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