OK, the net neutrality. Just to set down how I think about this. The fundamental issue here is the termination fee regime on the Internet, or rather the lack of one. So what is termination? When a phone call (remember them?) goes from network A to network B, network B charges network A for “terminating”…Read More My correct views on net neutrality
You know I was saying about us being an emerging low-trust society an’all? Well. Well. Looky here. Via Jared Bernstein, the correlation between inequality and the demand for security guards. Look ma! There’s our kid next to Italy and Greece. And there’s something weird about Belgium, but everyone knows that.Read More a data point
Here’s an interesting idea: a version of the job guarantee, in its strong form, with decentralised implementation. Am I right in thinking this is actually very similar to the Future Jobs Fund?Read More decentralised job guarantee
Some more books. Like everyone, I’m reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. Actually I read it in January, sketched out a review, and lost the notebook, so reading it again. (Spoiler: there isn’t a happy ending.) Fascinatingly, Christopher Clark swaps the powers around; traditionally, the Germans are evil, the Austrians weird,…Read More Booooks.
Show me your Kim Philby and I’ll show you your concerns. Ever since his defection, British writing on the iconic spy has always reflected the anxieties of society at the time of writing, modulated by the latest lot of declassified documents. What else could it do, faced with such a character, a man who couldn’t…Read More Kim Philby and a web of trust
I recently read William Langewiesche’s Aloft (Penguin Modern Classics), his collected essays on flight. One of these, justly regarded as a classic, deals with the loss of Valujet 592 near Miami in 1996, an accident which bears a strong resemblance, in his telling, to the parallel experience of rail privatisation in the UK. Deregulation permitted…Read More Aloft