Pluralistic: In defense of bureaucratic competence (23 Oct 2023)


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Pluralistic: At long last, a meaningful step to protect Americans' privacy (16 August 2023)


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Monopolizing turds


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Pluralistic: How tech does regulatory capture; Part 2 of the Red Team Blues serial (18 Apr 2023)


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Pluralistic: Dow promised to turn sneakers into playground surfaces, then dumped them in Indonesia (26 Feb 2023)


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Pluralistic: Turbotax is blitzing Congress for the right to tax YOU (20 Feb 2023)


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Pluralistic: Bruce Schneier's "A Hacker's Mind" (06 Feb 2023)


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Small Government

The ref has to be more powerful than the players.

An ogrish figure standing at a podium. The podium has a lever in the shape of a gilded dollar sign. The ogre is yanking the lever. The ogre wears a tuxedo and top-hat. In one gloved hand, he dangles an old West sheriff with a long-gun in his hands and a gold star over his breast. The ogre chomps a cigar and sneers at the sheriff.

 

When neoliberal economists began dismantling the regulatory state under Ronald Reagan (a process that has continued without interruption under every president, Republican and Democrat, since), they insisted that they weren’t so much concerned with regulation, but rather, regulatory capture.

Today, the phrase “regulatory capture” gets thrown around by people of all political persuasions, and is understood in a colloquial sense, meaning something like, “a regulator who is beholden to its industry and therefor makes bad regulations that run counter to the public interest.”

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Pluralistic: Here are just two of the corporate giveaways hidden in the rushed, must-pass, end-of-year budget bill (22 Dec 2022)


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Pluralistic: Orphaned neurological implants (12 Dec 2022)


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