Category: Markets

Month in Review, September, 2014: Part 2, Decisions small and big

12 November, 2014 (10:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, roughly half of my September posting concerned itself with scandals, one overhyped and one underappreciated – but of course scandals are only the outcome of decisions gone wrong (at least from somebody’s perspective), and the other September posts explored […]

Month in Review, September 2014: Part 1, Scandals faux and real

11 November, 2014 (09:00) | Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, BRA, Casinos, China, Eminent domain, Everett, GAIA, Gambling, Inclusionary zoning, Markets, Martin J. Walsh, Month in review, New York City, Speculation, Thomas Menino | No comments

By: David A. Smith Because it lies at the intersection of both personal issues and political ones, housing generally, and affordable housing particularly, is fertile ground for journalists seeking scandal stories, and in September I profiled two of them, one faux and one real. And I’d never get any ratings at all For all that […]

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 | No comments

[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 | No comments

[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 […]