Category Archives: Innovation

Has innovation stalled?

This sentence, from the Wall Street Journal, strikes me as being profoundly wrong: Today, another half-century later, a coast-to-coast flight still takes you as long as it took your father in the 1970s. And with the major exception of computers, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Free Enterprise, Innovation | 33 Comments

Thank A-Bombs, muzak and Linda Lovelace for quick checkout

This must be one of the more strange evolutions of an idea in capitalist history … George Laurer, Who Developed the Bar Code, Is Dead at 94. George J. Laurer, whose design of the vertically striped bar code sped supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation | 21 Comments

Chinese influence in universities

It used to be that communists hid under our beds, now they go to university. This story has been developing in The Australian over the last few weeks and has now jumped across to the AFR. Education department officials as … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Innovation, National Security, Oppressive government, Taking out the trash | 40 Comments

Platform economies face competition

One of the arguments we (often) hear is that the new digital business model (so-called platform economies) will operate in a winner-take-all market. That we will be inundated with monopolies. Certainly that is the line anti-trust regulators are pushing – … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Economics and economy, Innovation, Market Economy | 15 Comments

Stephen Hicks, interviews with entrepreneurs

Stephen Hicks is coming to town in March to talk about postmodernism and many other things. He has several strings to his bow and one of his interests is the way that entrepreneurs go about their business. He has conducted … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Philosophy, Politics, Rafe | 1 Comment

Meat is murder …

Some of the comments on my recent post on Impossible Burgers and market solutions to social problems reminded me of this excellent cartoon.

Posted in Innovation, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 15 Comments

Religious freedom, animal welfare, and Impossible Burgers

Yesterday my google feed alerted me to a story from Europe: A Belgian ban on the Muslim and Jewish ways of ritually slaughtering animals went into effect on New Year’s Day, part of a clash across Europe over the balance … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation | 93 Comments

Nanny state incoherence

There is something of a debate going on about “Pill Testing“. Recreational drugs can be covertly cut with poisonous or “filler” substances. Uncertainty about strength and purity can lead to accidental overdoses. Pill testing exposes what a tablet really contains … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation, Oppressive government, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 95 Comments

Jeremy Sammut on the future of Medicare

From the Centre for Independent Studies. The theme of the story. Bill Shorten’s promise that Labor will pour more money into public hospitals might have helped them win four by-elections on Saturday. But it’s not good health policy. Higher spending … Continue reading

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Can this be true? Trump and Kim shake on a deal

interesting if true. SINGAPORE (AP) — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Rafe | 55 Comments