This week we talk about rent-seeking, the Shirky Principle, and the tax-preparation industry.
We also discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Zuckerberg’s testimony, and the public interest.
- I’m going on tour
- Taxes: Is There a Better Way?
- Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It
- The Shirky Principle
- Deepwater Horizon oil spill
- Tax Policy: Summary of Estimates of the Costs of the Federal Tax System
- Lobbying Spending Database
- Tax preparation software in the United States
- H&R Block
- Free File Alliance
- Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing was all of us trying to explain technology to our grandparents
- The Zuckerberg Hearings Were Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Debut
- Congress grilled Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for nearly 10 hours. What’s next?
- Ajit Pai
- Judge Rakoff Challenge to the S.E.C.: Can Regulatory Capture be Reversed?
- A goal realized: Network lobbyists’ sweeping capture of their regulator
- Tighter Regulation Would Probably Increase Facebook’s Profits
- Tougher regulation of Facebook is inevitable
- Regulatory capture
- What is regulatory capture?
- Preventing Economists’ Capture (PDF)
- Regulatory and Academic Capture
- What is regulatory capture? (book review)
- Regulatory Capture: Sources and Solutions
- Public interest
- Common good
- The Let’s Know Things Patreon page
- Recommended podcast: The Pope’s Long Con
- Some books of mine, also available on Audible: Becoming Who We Need To Be, Come Back Frayed, Some Thoughts About Relationships, and Considerations
- LKT on iTunes (consider leaving a review if you’re enjoying the show & have a spare second)
- My blog: Exile Lifestyle
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