Books:

  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America: fascinating work based off the sociological premise that the culture of a place at its founding carries forward with more momentum than any other influence.
  • The Next American city: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros: Speaks to the political history of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and some transformational economic development initiatives spanning his tenure as Mayor. MAPS was a one-time sales tax used for large building initiatives. The tax was effective in its ability to raise large amounts of needed capital, but sales tax is generally regressive.
  • Noncompliant: Tells the story of Carmen Segarra’s journey as a post-crisis regulator of Wall Street Investment Banks. The world of equities is complex, but nevertheless, we need quicker and more transparent regulation of M&A.
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York: An astounding look at New York City politics, how racism leads to inequitable cities, and the concentration of development in post-war America. ‘Robert Moses built more than Augustus’ is an interesting fact about Moses’ career.
  • Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy: Intangibles can be defined as economic production that isn’t physical goods. Economies have a very hard time accounting for intangible value and encouraging intangible production.

Articles:

  • JOBS Act 3.0 Legislation: We need venture exchanges.
  • The Imperative Practice of Relaxing Constraints: “If you can’t think out of the box, make the box bigger. Start by relaxing constraints.”
  • The Philosopher Redefining Equality: “To be truly free, in Anderson’s assessment, members of a society had to be able to function as human beings (requiring food, shelter, medical care), to participate in production (education, fair-value pay, entrepreneurial opportunity), to execute their role as citizens (freedom to speak and to vote), and to move through civil society (parks, restaurants, workplaces, markets, and all the rest). Egalitarians should focus policy attention on areas where that order had broken down.”

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