Category: Informality

Month in review, November 2014: Part 2, More Property, More Piracy?

24 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Pirates don’t like being the captive instead of the captor Yesterday’s Part 1 covering half of November’s posts explored how growth of the world’s population brings growth to people’s built environment and the infrastructure (including intangible infrastructure like laws and zoning), systems, and networks (including utilities), […]

Month in Review, November 2014: Part 1, More people, more property

23 December, 2014 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Amnesty, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Chapter 40B, Dormitories, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Informality, Month in review, Piracy, Pirates, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith As long as the world keeps making more people, the world needs more houses, and for there to be more houses, they must be developed, permitted, and physically located somewhere, and it was a principal topic of November’s short list of long posts (three, six, and six parts), starting with new […]

Yo ho ho and a share of the profits: Part 6, “Shall have our gracious pardon”

10 November, 2014 (09:00) | Amnesty, Business model, Economics, Entrepreneur, Informality, Marcus Rediker, Markets, Mobility, Networks, Piracy, Pirates, Slavery, Speculation |

[Continued from Friday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith Having made it all the way to the end of my self-indulgent multi-part speculation on piracy as a transitional business model based on disruptive technology, in which I largely disagree with Marcus Rediker’s views, at […]

Yo ho ho and a share of the profits: Part 5, “Not honester than their neighbors”

7 November, 2014 (09:00) | Amnesty, Business model, Economics, Entrepreneur, Informality, Marcus Rediker, Markets, Mobility, Networks, Piracy, Pirates, Slavery, Speculation | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith Whereas Marxist historian Marcus Rediker, interviewed by Rebecca Onion for a feature in the Boston Globe (August 24, 2014), saw in piracy a reformist or egalitarian movement, I see it in much more business-related terms – […]

Yo ho ho and a share of the profits: Part 4, “No breaking up their way of living”

6 November, 2014 (09:00) | Amnesty, Business model, Economics, Entrepreneur, Informality, Marcus Rediker, Markets, Mobility, Networks, Piracy, Pirates, Slavery, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith We’re multicultural because we want to sell tickets worldwide Piracy, as we’ve now established in the first three parts of this exploration of informal enterprise that started with a Boston Globe (August 24, 2014) interview of historian Marcus […]