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Why do people fear the Kochs so much?

So the Kochs are going to spend a billion (on think tanks, etc.) in the next election. You know what? I don’t care.

Why Nick? You’re against crony capitalism. Super rich guys spending money on elections doesn’t concern you?

On one level it does. One should always keep a close eye on anyone throwing money around in the political sphere. If the Kochs ever try to buy a law for their benefit, if they ever posture for a crony handout paid for by the taxpayers we will be the first to highlight them.

But it’s not like the Kochs are trying to get the state to work on their behalf. They aren’t trying to leverage the power of the government for their ends.They aren’t like Tom Styer for instance, the biggest political giver of the last cycle who wants specific legislation enacted which will benefit his bottom line in addition to his political aims. The Kochs simply want a smaller state and that in my book is a very admirable thing.

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Uber in San Francisco is bigger than the taxi industry is or ever was

Uber has been fun to watch. And even though the company did hire a crony of its own recently to deal with urban politicians looking to shake down the company, Uber is still a very good free market story. It’s busting up government sponsored taxi regimes in cities all over the world and generally providing a much higher quality product than the old taxi companies were. It’s putting the heat on politicians and transit unions. (When the BART workers struck last year it was Uber and similar services which came to the rescue of commuters.) It is creating value.

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Behind the 8% plunge in China’s stock market (today)

As we have noted for a while, the Ultimate Crony Capitalist state, China, is seeing very rough waters economically. A massive property bubble (and bust) fueled by Keynesian shortsightedness, not unlike the one we experienced here a few years ago, but much bigger is gripping the country. The Chinese dream is “maturing.” For the first time since emerging from the insanity of Mao the PRC is experiencing real economic pain.

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Senator Feinstein’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

Boy is it good to have a spouse in the Senate. Even better if one is in the commercial real estate business like Richard Blum, Diane Feinstien’s husband, is.

Seems Mr. Blum’s company CBRE  just happens to be the sole real estate agent for a batch of now defunct post offices Congress has authorized the sale of. As we reported before many of these old post offices sit on prime real estate.

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The Myth of Natural Monopoly | by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Monopolies are usually, almost without exception, instituted by governments. When on occasion a monopoly occurs in a free market (and it can) it is usually very short lived unless that firm can co-opt the government to create a regulatory “moat” around that firm to protect it from competitors. In short monopoly is basically a problem created by governments.

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India and its huge economic potential

India has long been mired in socialism. Bureaucracy ran and continues to run through the country’s massive system of governance. As I understand it, to get anything done in India for many years the paperwork had to be done in triplicate and processed a half dozen times. And then one got a new pile of paperwork.

But times are changing. India has opened up quite a bit over the last 2 decades, and it looks like even more light will be shining into the economy soon.

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The entrepreneur, a vanishing species?

It’s hard to start a business. It takes skill, capital, tolerance of risk, and just good old hard work. Layer the red tape on top of all the things a business owner must contend with in the marketplace these days and it’s not surprising that we are losing more businesses than we are creating as an economy.

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