Yes, we stayed up all night.
First, I love The Oatmeal. Matt Inman’s comic regularly speaks my mind on all manner of life’s little complaints (and solutions). Sadly, when he tried to explain net neutrality, I think he missed the mark. By a lot.
Then the President decided he’d offer some free advice to the FCC on how that agency should proceed with regulating the internet. Same problem.
So I sat down with Berin Szoka of Techfreedom to try to separate the aspirations of activists from the realities of how markets and the internet actually function and what kind of regulatory regime will serve consumers best.
It was great to sit down with Russ Roberts, Econtalk host and former professor of mine, to discuss his great new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness. Russ is, in class, one of the most concise communicators of economic ideas I’ve ever seen. He’s also able to abandon much of the jargon that makes economic ideas so often uninteresting to the average person.
Leonard Liggio, who died this week, was an important pillar in the modern libertarian movement and someone who connected modern libertarian ideas with their historical antecedents. I chatted briefly with Tom G. Palmer about Liggio’s impact on ideas and libertarianism.
… the heavy-handedness.
Last year Roger Ver gave the Foundation for Economic Education the largest-ever bitcoin donation to any nonprofit. At the time of the donation, it was worth more than a million dollars.
The problem is Mr. Ver stole the basic idea from me. I mean, pretty much.
When I emceed FEE’s first-ever Leonard E. Read Alumni Award dinner last night in Naples, Florida, I showed this video and proved my case conclusively.*
I’ve long considered producing a short doc on the rise and disintegration of Ollie’s Trolley, a restaurant franchise operation that has a few lasting remnants, notably in Louisville and the D.C. area. If anyone has any information that might be useful to get such a project moving, I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s Mike Rogers – the chair of the House Intelligence Committee – explaining to a respected law professor about how privacy works.
Here’s a rough transcription of the relevant portion:
Rogers: I would argue the fact that we haven’t had any complaints come forward with any specificity arguing that their privacy has been violated, clearly indicates, in ten years, clearly indicates that something must be doing right. Somebody must be doing something exactly right.
Vladeck: But who would be complaining?
Rogers: Somebody who’s privacy was violated. You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated.
Vladeck: I disagree with that. If a tree falls in the forest, it makes a noise whether you’re there to see it or not.
Rogers: Well that’s a new interesting standard in the law. We’re going to have this conversation… but we’re going to have wine, because that’s going to get a lot more interesting…
Now for something substantially related:
A federal air marshal was arrested Thursday morning at Nashville International Airport after being caught taking multiple upskirt pictures of female passengers boarding a plane, police said.
A witness spotted 28-year-old Adam Bartsch, who was on duty, taking pictures with his cell phone underneath women’s dresses, police said. The witness grabbed Bartsch’s phone and notified a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, a police report said.
Airport police removed Bartsch from the flight and took him into custody.
According to the police report, Bartsch said he snapped 10 to 12 inappropriate pictures, something he said he had done before. He was charged with disorderly conduct and held on $10,000 bail.
The Transportation Security Administration said it is assisting authorities with the investigation.
“TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior. The agency immediately removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment.”
Why shouldn’t this guy be able to use the same defense? The women who were photographed weren’t complaining. How can we say that their privacy had been violated? Your honor, this air marshal’s only crime was that he was caught.