Sunday essay links, you built that edition
James Tuttle: Big Business and the Rise of American Statism. How did today's large regulatory bureaucracy arise in the USA? Tuttle makes the case that incumbent corporations asked for it...
...which makes for an interesting point of view on Robert Epstein's arguments for regulating Google. (But imagine that the company was filing huge amounts of paperwork with the US Department of Google. How would anyone ever displace them?)
Jason Hreha asks, When
did addiction become a good thing?
of the tech industry, we need to ask serious questions
about the behaviors that we are promoting. Are we
really helping people live better lives? Or, are
we promoting suboptimal habits and aptitudes? At
best, many of the products we’re building are time
wasters. At worst, they’re the addictive equivalents
of cigarettes — irresistible cheap thrills that
feel good in the moment, but are destructive in the
(via naked capitalism)
Laura Noren reviews
“Addiction by Design”, by Natasha Dow Schüll.
Addiction by Design is as compelling as a horror
story—a sad, smart horror story that calls off
the Luddite witch hunt (Down with the machines!) in
favor of an approach that examines the role of gaming
designers within existing social systems of gender
and class disparity.
Andrew Haughwout, Donghoon Lee,
Joelle Scally, and Wilbert van der Klaauw: Has
Household Deleveraging Continued?
[M]uch of the debt reduction seen at the
overall level was attributable to deleveraging:
households actively borrowing less and paying
down existing liabilities. (And the Dave Ramsey
media empire is doing well, too. Coincidence?)
Is Inevitable When The Government Has A
One of the most important
inputs to the production of broadband networks
is rights of way—permission to dig up public
streets and attach cables to public utility
poles—which in most cases are under the control
of local governments. That means that “don’t
intervene in the market” is a non-sensical
position when it comes to broadband. (See also:
rights and net neutrality.)