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 Why Do Firms Exist?
Schumpeter | Economist | 16 December 2010
If the market is so efficient, why create lots of little centrally-planned
bureaucracies called companies? And if companies are so efficient, why don't
they go on growing forever? Ronald Coase found the answer
Town Mute For 30 Years
A.G. Sulzberger | NYT | 15 December 2010
Bully terrorised midwestern town: murder, vandalism, theft. Then the town
struck back. One day in 1981 he was shot dead, on the street, in full public
view. Nobody in the town will say who did it, even now
Kalpish Ratna | Open | 16 December 2010
Essay on cholera and colonialism, pegged to recent outbreak in Haiti, blamed
at first on Nepali peacekeepers. Cholera stereotyped as an "Asiatic disease"
ever since great Indian epidemics of 19th century
Letter To Ireland’s Next Government
Julian Gough | Prospect | 15 December 2010
"It won’t be easy, negotiating with bondholders under the mournful gaze of
their relatives’ severed heads, as the cries of castrated and blinded party
leaders ring out, while our children shag the IMF"
The U-Bend Of Life
Anonymous | Economist | 16 December 2010
It's great to be 20. Not so great to be 30, And pretty rough to turn 40.
Here's the nice surprise. After the mid-life crisis, things get better.
People are happiest in their eighties—if they live that long
What Rawls Hath Wrought
John Gray | National Interest | 16 December 2010
Review-essay, arguing that modern human-rights doctrine is utopian. It
ignores political realities. It assumes universality of Western values. But
people want different things. Some may not even want freedom
The Holocaust We Don’t See
Timothy Snyder | NYR Blog | 15 December 2010
On Claude Lanzmann's Shoah, opening in New York 25 years after its original
release. "One of the great works of art of the 20th century. A turning point
in the history of the representation of the Holocaust"
Belgium Has No Future
Hans-Jürgen Schlamp et al | Spiegel | 16 December 2010
Interview with Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever, who wants to split
Belgium in two. "Belgium isn't working anymore! Belgium is a failed nation".
Accuses king of siding with French-speaking Walloons
Winona Ryder, Forever
Alex Pappademas | GQ | 15 December 2010
Great interview. Full of asides, gossip, one-liners. "She's too old to
coquette and too young to cougar". When she was born, her dad, a rare-book
dealer, tied off her umbilical cord with a sterilised shoelace
Egypt's Command Economy
Sarah Topol | Slate | 15 December 2010
Egyptian army controls 33-45% of GDP. Makes bottled water, olive oil, pipes,
electric cables, heaters, roads, fridges. Mubarak's way of tying the
generals into the status quo. But nobody can talk about it
Sarah Deming | Threepenny Review | 13 December 2010
A well-made cocktail is a work of art. A good bartender is a friend for
life. But saints preserve us from these precious young things in goatee
beards who call themselves "mixologists", and tell us what to drink
Mick Without Moss
Zoe Heller | NYT | 5 December 2010
Admiring profile of Sir Mick Jagger at 67. Cricket fan, film-maker,
intellectually curious, hugely rich. "He is content, it seems, to let Keith
Richards claim the title of lovable old rock ’n’ roll war horse"
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