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There's a lot of lip service paid to the notion of the free market, as if competition, at least over the long run, will lead to economic efficiency. There are many problems with this. The biggest, in my view, is that we now have political systems tha...

Dr Jason Fung explains why 'there is so much money being raised for heart disease or cancer or diabetes, and why there is so little real medical progress.' As he says, 'there are many ways that Big Pharma pays doctors': The most common are speaker...

Short selling

on Nov 22, 2017

A correspondent asks whether short selling will work against the Social Policy Bond concept. Specifically: if Conflict Reduction Bonds are issued, would short sellers profit from events that would make peace less likely?Short selling in this context...

I often agree with British journalist and military historian Max Hastings. But not with his remarks in this interview with Tobin Harshaw: MH: One of the things I've learned as a historian is that one should never listen to anybody who uses the word "...

Clive James writes:[W]e tend to believe that there is some natural state of justice to which political life would revert if only the conflicts between interest groups could be resolved. but whatever justice we enjoy arose from the conflicts betwee...

The title of an article in last week's Economist itself gives cause for concern: Counties that voted for the president get more in disaster reliefThe article is referring to the federal aid that United States dispenses following natural disasters. I...

Whose goals?

on Oct 25, 2017

There are two main elements to the Social Policy Bond idea. One is the injection of market incentives into all the processes necessary to bring about our social goals. The other is the focus on these goals themselves, and my contention that they be g...







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