Pluralistic: 05 Jul 2021


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Self-publishing

The hard problem of politics, religion, advertising and literature

Vintage Benson Barrett ad, β€œHow to MAKE MONEY WRITING..short paragraphs! promising β€œNo tedious study. Learn how to write to sell, right away.”

Publishing is doing great

Publishing is doing great. Despite panic at the start of the lockdown, book sales were actually up during lockdown, as people turned to books to pass the time, joining online bookclubs and finding ways to support their local indie booksellers.

But authorship? Not so great.

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Pluralistic: 03 Jul 2021


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Pluralistic: 02 Jul 2021


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Pluralistic: 01 Jul 2021


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Pluralistic: 29 Jun 2021


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Pluralistic: 28 Jun 2021


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The Doctrine of Moral Hazard

When it comes to self-preferencing, right wing economists are right: incentives matter.

A referee in a striped jersey extends his arm to make a call; perched upon his arm is a vintage newspaper political cartoon of Roosevelt as a trustbuster, swinging a club.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee spent 23 hours debating a historically unprecedented package of tech competition bills, surprising observers by passing all six of the legislative proposals under consideration, with bipartisan support.

Each of the six bills is interesting in its own waysβ€Šβ€”β€Šfor example, the ACCESS Act (HR 6487) uses interoperability and standards to reduce the costs we bear when we leave monopoly platforms behind, by letting us stay in touch with the friends who stay.

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Pluralistic: 27 Jun 2021


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