"Owning formal property also tends to discourage unruly behavior. When people are forced to divide their property into smaller and smaller parcels, the heirs of their heirs, crowded off the family land, are more likely to squat elsewhere. Also, when a person cannot prove he owns anything, he is more likely to have to bribe his way through the bureaucracy, or with the help of his neighbors, take the law into his own hands. Worse still, without good law to enforce obligations, society in effect … [Read more...]


I've got my own ideas about the righteous kick; You can keep your blogwatch, I'd just as soon stay sick...Agenda Bender: "My first reaction to the bumpersticker on the car in front of me was an unthinking grimace. It read, Cast Off the Chains of Market-Hyped Consciousness. But then I realized I actually agree with the sentiment, if not the stolid expression of it. You just have to remember to cast off the chains of anti-market-hyped consciousness while you're at it."The Volokh Conspiracy: Is … [Read more...]


"How can governments find out what the extralegal property arrangements are? That was precisely the question put to me by five members of the Indonesian cabinet. I was in Indonesia to launch the translation of my previous book into Bahasa Indonesian, and they took that opportunity to invite me to talk about how they could find out who owns what among the 90 percent of Indonesians who live in the extralegal sector. Fearing that I would lose my audience if I went into a drawn-out technical … [Read more...]




DISTURBING SEARCH REQUESTS: Yes, it's that time again. Here are some of the reasons people stopped by my little corner of the (oddly-shaped) blogosphere.is having a massage a sin find ecstasy in dc Why is the squid fascinating pirate-comic china serious baudrillard AND lauryn hill pictures of wicked hairstyles from black people why did people stereotype that witches have frogs as pets objectivist wedding ceremony vows Campaign Slogans for Liturgy ticked off in Orange Beach hellish aesthete all … [Read more...]


DISGRUNTLED CATHOLICS: WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK? An addendum from Father Tucker. His first post is here. The postscript is here; full text follows. You can email him with your replies at DonJimUSA &at;& yahoo.it. Everything that follows in this post is by him, not me:As the flip-side to the earlier question, "What keeps inactive Catholics inactive?" I'd like to pose this question: "If you returned to practicing the Faith after an extended absence, what brought you back?" A number of you … [Read more...]


ABU GHRAIB NOW: Freed prisoners, bitter soldiers, mixed emotions. … [Read more...]