Category: Government

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 2, No matter how much time you allow

19 March, 2014 (09:00) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban development |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post meta-illustrated Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox – you might have thought I could cover the topic in one day’s posting, but I ran over to two, even though I was working with a short story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (February 27, 2014).: […]

Zeno’s Public-Consultation Paradox: Part 1, Longer than the time available

18 March, 2014 (13:24) | Brazil, Bureaucracy, Government, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public choice theory, Relocation, Rio de Janeiro, Theory, Urban renewal |

By:David A. Smith   Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox   All public-consultation processes take longer than the time available, even when you take into consideration Zeno’s Public Consultation Paradox.   Surely Achilles can catch the tortoise Just as surely, Rio can relocate slum dwellers without resorting to forcible eviction   Sometimes no evil intent is required […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 4, reserved to the people

26 June, 2013 (09:00) | Accessibility, Democracy, Eminent domain, France, Government, Incentives, Local Government, Local issues, Precautionary principle, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Subsidy, Takings, Tenth Amendment |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2 ]   By:David A. Smith   Our story of Mayor Therond and his daily bombardment from Paris, using an article in the Washington Post (April 16, 2013) that reported the facts without questioning either the premise or the conclusion, has reached the point of […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 3, More than the Hotel is Worth

14 June, 2013 (09:00) | Accessibility, Democracy, Eminent domain, France, Government, Incentives, Local Government, Local issues, Precautionary principle, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Subsidy, Takings, Tenth Amendment |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s Part 2 on the bureausclerosis choking France’s economy, using as source material a small-scale article in the Washington Post (April 16, 2013), zeroed in on the debilitating effects of excessive regulation from afar and identified some principles of regulatory balance […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 2, That He Largely Ignores

13 June, 2013 (09:00) | Accessibility, Democracy, Eminent domain, France, Government, Incentives, Local Government, Local issues, Precautionary principle, Real estate taxes, Regulation, Subsidy, Takings, Tenth Amendment |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw, via an article in the Washington Post (April 16, 2013), that France’s centralized government (and behind it, the even-more-remote European Commission) so distrusts anyone it does business with that it has promulgated at least 400,000 norms and rules, all of them violating […]