Monthly Archives: November 2013

Commitment

(Spoken infomercial style) Worried that the new boy in town is going to a) show you up, b) throw you for a loop, c) get in your way or d) do things that offend your prudish sensibilities? Now there is … Continue reading

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The answer (aka, how to make money)

a) Find a process (industrial, services, …?) where you have a comparative advantage, to provide for immediate needs and a surplus which provides for capital accumulation. b) Diversify to a reasonable extent while moving up value chains in order to … Continue reading

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Network effects and SEZs

A special economic zone (SEZ) probably has to be fairly large to be particularly effective. Why? Because they can benefit from scale economies (spread out overhead costs which facilitate logistics, etc.) and other forms of network effects among firms working … Continue reading

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Impossible?

– Let’s do the impossible. – Whatever could you mean? – Whatever you want it to mean.  

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Take the power back

One needs information to advocate for one’s interests. Wealthy and powerful people/companies have resources at their disposal to collect information which allows them to promote their interests. The rest of us have little to no ability to collect practical amounts … Continue reading

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A song: State of mind

The basic idea is that happiness and “heaven on earth” are a state of mind, although clearly there are many alternative practical considerations for how we need to relate with people in order to “level up” in a sort of … Continue reading

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A simple number to spell progress

Read up on the Millennium Development Goals for more context if you are interested. They are the most concise yet comprehensive set of goals on how some people and countries are trying to make everything better for everyone. Here is … Continue reading

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Scale economies, public utilities and technology firms

If something about the nature of search engines and/or other technological areas of specialization have sufficient returns to scale when weighing forces of quality/competitiveness, then we can only expect near-monopoly situations. Thus, I am inclined to wonder whether we may … Continue reading

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Canada comes last place on commitment to environment

Among wealthy countries, according to the Center for Global Development, Canada comes last place out of 27 wealthy countries regarding commitments to the environment. Harper was right. We wont recognize Canada by the time he’s done with the place.

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America’s war on the poor

As reported by the New York Times: “Judges, bound by mandatory sentencing laws that they openly denounce, are sending people away for the rest of their lives for committing nonviolent drug and property crimes. In nearly 20 percent of cases, … Continue reading

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