Three Southern US universities exhibit art that the CIA hid from Congress and sent abroad during the Cold cultural War. The paintings reveal a moment in American history when politics and culture—as well as professional expertise and populist taste—clashed, a phenomenon that feels all-too-familiar. This 2013 excerpt is from the Art Newspaper, undated.
The Turkish protestors were fed up not only with a park being turned into a mall but also with the crazy rent-seeking projects. Not just with their “big brother” of a prime minister poking his nose into their private lives, telling them not to drink alcohol, kiss on the metro and the ferry, or have abortions but also with his government’s rent-granting. This 2013 excerpt is from the Hurriyet Daily News, June 28.
The Supreme Court handed down a decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District makes it hard for communities to get landowners to pay for damages they may cause, a revolution in land-use law that will profoundly impact society. This 2013 excerpt is from the New York Times, June 26.
|July 24, 2013
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Those who owe are those who won the land in private auctions, and so are likely to be favored insiders and to be forgiven. But let’s hope no deal was cut. This 2013 excerpt is from Hindustan Times, June 22.
Chinese protest policy of growth at all costs which has delivered the goods to millions but also contaminated them. A new judicial interpretation would impose “harsher punishments” and tighten “lax and superficial” enforcement of the country’s environmental protection laws. This 2013 excerpt is from Reuters, Jun 19.
Silicon Valley land values soar with tech stock prices. But ordinary residents get priced out by influx of rich programmers.
Do those who pursue renewable energy as an end in itself fail to see the wood for the trees? Is smoke less polluting? Europe’s wood subsidies show the folly of focusing green policy on “renewables”. This 2013 excerpt is from The Economist, Apr 6.
The planned pace of cuts in spending is painful, unnecessary, and unachievable. All political parties need to talk about real reform — a tax shift off our efforts, onto our common wealth.
The myth of suburban prosperity has been a stubborn one. Poor neighborhoods are separated enough to be ignored. That suggests a metro government might work better.
|May 23, 2013
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You pay government, just to buy something? Sales are not the property of government and don’t belong in their tax base. Politicians must use this power more wisely.
A Thanksgiving story told by Mason Gaffney.
The crash in gas, a natural resource like land, was driven in part by “creative financing” engineered by Goldman Sachs et al.
The ruler of the Nile might be new but the problems besetting the ordinary people remain the same — access to decent land.