Reformers in the Arab world or in any world would stand to benefit hugely by heeding the advice of Sr Editor Fred Foldvary. (9 Aug ’13)
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 granddaddy of business magazines says, in print, that Governments should make more use of land taxes. Taxes on immovable property are the most growth-friendly. They make it more expensive to buy purely for speculation, restraining booms. Developers don’t hoard undeveloped land. Globalized firms and skilled people can’t dodge them. This 2013 excerpt is from The Economist, Jun 29.
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.
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.
The tried-n-true is a hard habit for humans to break, notes Dr Fred Foldvary, so we don’t get around to trying what works.
Car dealerships make it illegal for you to save money by buying a new car directly from the manufacturer, such as Tesla, notes Fred E. Foldvary, Senior Editor.
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.
Africans get electrified which has a known upside but it takes our Sr Editor Fred Foldvary to point out the downside.