Category: Housing

There’s big money in charity: Part 2, Few would thrive

26 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] It was finally decided that since I was a budding historian it would be nice if I made a historic record of the first shipment of Food for Peace from the time that it left Baltimore with appropriate fanfare to when it entered the bellies of […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 1, Not corporate chieftains?

25 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [I wrote a report about how] some Madison Avenue sharpies ripped off the Office of Economic Opportunity. That one I entitled, “Poverty is Where the Money’s At.” – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Profit is normally the premium one pays for competence, but are all profits equal?  Malcolm […]

People value a government they pay taxes for: Part 2, The implications

4 March, 2015 (10:00) | Economics, Government, Housing, Lucy Martin, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Taxation, Uganda | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 1, we explored a fascinating bit of doctoral research conducted by Lucy Martin designed to test whether people’s sense of unfairness, and willing to act on that unfairness, would change depending on whether the money in question had been received as a grant […]

People value a government they pay taxes for: Part 1, The experiment

3 March, 2015 (10:00) | Economics, Government, Housing, Lucy Martin, Political theory, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Taxation, Uganda | No comments

By: David A. Smith Given that People value only what they pay for is indeed a universal rule, it will have subcases – and one such subcase, striking in its own right and with major implications for the way donors deals with country governments, was highlighted in a recent article in The Economist (February 7, […]

The antidote to majoritarianism: Part 2, There are outer limits

12 February, 2015 (09:00) | Apartments, Constitution, Fifth Amendment, Housing, Law, Local issues, Markets, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Takings, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, essential to democracy is the protection of minority rights against the majoritarian impulse to rewrite the rules by increments, and as property rights are human rights, they must be protected by an entity or branch of government that stands […]