Author Archives: bhaggart

Getting the order of operations right: Why the Ford government’s attempts to save the economy won’t work, and what to do about it

TL;DR: To save the economy, first you gotta deal with the pandemic. Muddling around will only weaken the economy’s foundations. I’m a big fan of academics staying in their lane and sticking to their areas of expertise. Subject expertise in … Continue reading

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What copyright scholars can learn from the Harper’s magazine “free speech” debacle

Nicholas Grossman has an excellent oped (h/t Mike Masnick) on that much (and justly) maligned Harper’s letter about cancel culture, free speech and stuff. Grossman’s key point: free speech defenders … miscast … their argument as a high-level defense of … Continue reading

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Brad Mehldau: That’s the stuff

In late March 2010, I was seven months into my field work in Mexico City, living on my own in a tiny studio apartment at the back of a garage (an apartment complex’s garage, not a working garage) in the … Continue reading

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Reflections on an inflection point

Since we’re going through what seems to be a world-historic moment, I’m using this space to record my impressions about the current U.S., um, situation. We’ll see how well they’ll age. If the United States makes it through the next … Continue reading

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Where are the calls for Trump to resign?

One of the most baffling aspects of U.S. politics over the past four years has been the continued and ongoing failure of American professional, media and academic elites to rise to the existential challenge that Donald Trump poses to the … Continue reading

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