两片碎片

就记两个想法,都是听podcast来的。

Is the Greatest Threat to President Putin Alexei Navalny? (The Inquiry)

Alexei Navalny成功组织了几次遍布俄国各地的大规模游行。他完全是从网络发展影响力的。这样的反对游行普京政府显然没有准备好,他们没有正面回应过。但是Navalny的弟弟被捕,Navalny本人也被调查。因为俄国经济现在不好,越来越多的人会“关掉电视,打开电脑寻求方案”。

听这一期我有两个想法。第一个是我本来并不知道苏俄解体后的俄国政府还和我们这么像。采访中说俄国的反对党是和执政党密切合作的。他们要提什么也是要经过执政党审核才能提。这和我们的民主党派有什么区别。好吧也许区别在于,Navalny还活着,还可以活动,甚至,还可以竞选总统。

另一个想法是,俄国人没做好及早关网络的事情。但我们做到了。(想想各种fandom的俄国迷妹都很厉害。。)

Barbed Wire (50 Things that Made Modern Economy)

铁丝网的发明为美国开发西部提供了实际圈地的工具,否则,林肯政府发布的“每个人都可以去西部圈X面积的地,耕种Y年后土地就是你的了”的法令无法实行。

里面最后说的一句话很想回味:

It’s true that modern economy is built on private property, on the legal fact that most things have an owner, usually a person or a cooperation. Modern economy is also built on the idea that private property is a good thing because private property gives people an incentive to invest in and improve what they own, whether it’s a patch of land of the American West, or a parvement in Cocatta (?) or even a piece of intellectual property such as the rights to Mickey Mouse.

It’s a powerful argument. And it was ruthlessly and cynically deployed by those who wanted to claim that native Americans didn’t really have a right to their own territory because they weren’t actively developing it in the sense or style that European saw fit.

So the story of how barbed wire changed the West is also the story of how Property Rights changed the world, and is the story of how even in the sophisticated economy, what the Law says sometimes matters less than simple practicality. Then 1862 Homestead Act laid out the rules on who owns what in the Western territory. But those rules didn’t mean much before they were reinforced by barbed wire.

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