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12/04/2004

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Econ PhD Student

Wow! I am so excited that you guys are doing this. Now I'll never get my work done!

Apparent Authority

While I will not pretend to discuss economics with the likes of Becker and Posner I am excited to have access to the minds of such intellectuals. I feel their brief synopsis of blogs is accurate but leaves out what I feel to be the most important. I, a humble evening law student at The John Marshall Law School have the opportunity to either be heard or ignored by an audience that includes the Honorable Richard Posner. To be heard is a great thing.

Chris Baker

Thank you so much for releasing this blog under a Creative Commons license! Great stuff.

Greg Newburn

The concept of blogging as a Hayekian affair was implicit in Julian Sanchez's May 2003 "Reason" article, where he calls blogging "distributed journalism." The article, which focuses on how bloggers uncovered the John Lott/Mary Rosh scandal after "professional" journalists had given up, can be found at: http://reason.com/0305/co.js.the.shtml

Mac Echols

Welcome!!! Welcome to the Blogsphere!

Guymos

What about combining the comments to the bek-po blog into one thread since some people seemed to be in one thread thinking they are in another or don't realize that there are two comment threads? Those commenting usually indicate who's being addressed if not both. And it looks like there might be hundreds of comments weekly. Posted to both threads.

Amy

Thank you, gentlemen.

As a young believer in the revolutionary implications of blogging and wikis as tools for sharing and collaboration, I am delighted and excited by your initiative.

As respected intellectuals you bring credibility to the blogosphere in the eyes of the still sceptical mainstream.

It is a wonderful thing that those people not fortunate enough to have contact with great minds in person, can now learn from, and interact with, learned people like yourselves, via the internet.

I can't wait to have my mind stretched by your blog.

Justkidding

At least you both seem to appear rational and intelligent.
-JK
Nice theory; I'd like to see your Data. Are there examples that challenge your assumptions? how do they hold up? How do you objectify "Should"?

Max Nigh

As economists, can you explain the midwest states voting against their own best interests in the last election? How about the dollar down , and ultimately making things more expensive here.
Veritas Max Nigh

Peter Konefal

Excellent to see this site. I hope other judges and nobel laureates join you two in the blogosphere.

I want to take a stab at answering 'Veritas Max nigh''s question. It appears that there are variety of explanations, not least of which is an ideological one (midwest voters mistakenly believe bush's domestic policies will benefit them). The ideological explanation depends on Bush's policies not being in the midwest's best interests, if they are, then it is not ideological for the midwest in general to vote for the GOP.

A second tier of explanations is the ususal psychological motivations of voters, and the general prioritizing of fear (national security, terrorism) above rational analysis that characterized this and many US elections. This is the case despite many indications that Bush's policies have increased, not decreased the likelyhood of future terror attacks against the US (iraq has in many ways become a training ground for mostly sunni Al Qaeda recruits)

Alternately, it has been observed that voters have voted in parallel with their class interests, so middle and upper class voters have an incentive to vote for candidates who will reduce their financial contributions to society.

Crystal

How very exciting...Welcome to the blogosphere...

smart shade of blue

As a practicing trustbuster and long standing appreciator of the dismal science and the related field of Law&Economics, I have been a reader of your articles and books for years now, and you never disappointed my expectations. I wish great success for this new enterprise of yours.

Cato Renasci

I'll add my welcome and good wishes for success in the blogosphere!

It's been twenty-five to thirty years since I encounted first Gary Becker's seminal Human Capital and then his Economic Theory. Becker's work was transformative, in the sense that while you didn't think that way before you read it, afterwards, you said "duh! that's obvious, how could anyone not see Becker's right? Only truly original thought has that "aha" quality. I could never think of traditional macroeconomics seriously after reading Becker.

My reaction to Richard Posner's Law and Economics was mixed when I read it in law school. As an economist I was impressed by the thought experiment (if I'd quibble with the details), but I questioned the universal applicability of the economic paradigm. The work has grown on me over the years.

Cato Renasci

I'll add my welcome and good wishes for success in the blogosphere!

It's been twenty-five to thirty years since I encounted first Gary Becker's seminal Human Capital and then his Economic Theory. Becker's work was transformative, in the sense that while you didn't think that way before you read it, afterwards, you said "duh! that's obvious, how could anyone not see Becker's right? Only truly original thought has that "aha" quality. I could never think of traditional macroeconomics seriously after reading Becker.

My reaction to Richard Posner's Law and Economics was mixed when I read it in law school. As an economist I was impressed by the thought experiment (if I'd quibble with the details), but I questioned the universal applicability of the economic paradigm. The work has grown on me over the years.

Steve Porter

Since he would have known that to do so would mean the certain end of regime and probably himself as well, why would Saddam ever have attacked the U.S.?

GEORGE SMITH

good and interesting.

Orson Olson

Congratulations, honorable gentlemen!
Please keep up the keen, insightful dialog - the world needs it.

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