Category Archives: Current Affairs

A few stray thoughts on storms and fantasy football

Best wishes to those of you in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Stay safe and, assuming you still have power, below are a few things to think about while you wait out the storm. Some people are trying to find … Continue reading

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Learning More About MBM Principles from the News

“Learning More about MBM Principles from the News” posts use specific news stories to try and prompt readers to identify consistency (or lack there of) with MBM principles.  Read through “Why Companies Should Force Employees to Unplug.” What comes to mind … Continue reading

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Learning More about MBM Principles from the News

“Learning More about MBM Principles from the News” posts use specific news stories to try and prompt readers to identify consistency (or lack there of) with MBM principles.  Take a look at this article describing some of the decisions about the … Continue reading

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Ignoring Profit?

Scott submitted an interesting article for us to discuss (see previous post here). The title of the article is “Jobs made Apple great by ignoring profit.”  Below are a few quotes to help focus analysis: As paradoxical as it is that the … Continue reading

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Why Natural Disasters are Not a Good Thing (and Other Obvious Statements)

Many are extolling the unfortunate-but-welcome silver lining to the recent events in Japan–namely, that damage caused by earthquakes, tsunami’s and nuclear accidents will cause economic growth as people invest in rebuilding. Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University and former … Continue reading

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Freakonomics Movie

Last night I watched the “Freakonomics” movie (see the trailer below). It’s a lot like the book but animated and includes author commentary. Each chapter is directed by a different documentary film maker, which gives each section a little different … Continue reading

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Thoughts from “World War Z”

Hang with me on this post: I’m going to be writing about a fictional zombie war. I first read World War Z by Max Brooks while I was in grad school, and it was chilling. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill zombie book. … Continue reading

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Privacy in the Organization

This is a guest post by Skyler Treat. Skyler is an MBM training program alumna who is passionate about making those who advances economic freedom more efficient. She is always looking for new assessment, evaluation, and measurement resources. Feel free to … Continue reading

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Friday Links

For those of you who have been (or are) in KAP, you’ve heard the jokes people make about having more children to grow the liberty-minded population. Well, Brian Caplan at EconLog has a post making the case for “The Weird Reason … Continue reading

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The Art of the Steal: A Story of Legal Plunder

I love stories. I don’t care if it’s a movie, magazine article, TV show or novel. I don’t care if it’s fiction or non-fiction. When a story is entertaining and can serve as an illustration, I can’t get enough of … Continue reading

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