Category: Local Government

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 […]

Absurdite, Complexite, Precaucite: Part 1, 400,000 Norms and Rules

12 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 | 1 comment

 By:David A. Smith   When Yeats wrote Things fall apart, the center cannot hold, he could never envisioned the rise of the Bureaucratic State, which believes that lack of touch is no reason to loosen one’s grip on the capillaries – and so, unless the acquisitive tendency is checked, one reaches an end state such […]

China’s bubble factory

8 September, 2010 (11:35) | Bubbles, Capital markets, China, Global news, Homeownership, Local Government, Markets, Real estate taxes |

By: David A. Smith   The more I’ve posted about China, the more alarmed I have become at the apparent hyperinflation of Chinese residential real estate prices, and the potential for an ugly crash, but I’ve had no comprehensive explanation of its root cause – until now, via an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal: […]