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  •  Posner has been drifting... (4+ / 0-)
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    away from his core conservative ideology for some time, and I don't read this exactly the same way the diarist does. Indeed, when Posner says:

    "...news services like Reuters and the Associated Press would become the only professional, nongovernmental sources of news and opinion."

    This sounds less like vigorous advocacy to me, and more like conflicted obervation and simply thinking out loud. Posner seems to be ruminating that restricting links could yield the unintended consequence of limiting "professional" news operations and--dangerously--empower government even more. (I recognize that packed inside the term "professional" is a huge debate about the MSM, online only news sites, citizen journalists, blogging, etc. But, I think that debate does not dilute Posner's specific argument). Concentration of information is something Posner would reflexively resist from an ideological perspective. Again, I think this prolific jurist and public intellectual is simply thinking out loud and I don't find this as sinister as some.

    Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

    by JoesGarage on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 01:26:01 PM PDT

    •  yeah I don't see this as conservative per se (4+ / 0-)

      Posner is really part of the "law and economics" movement, which is hard to pin down ideologically. It basically proposes that we should analyze laws by looking at how they affect behavior and economics, if we make some simplifying assumptions about rational actors. That has a bit of a central-planning-via-law flavor, which libertarianish conservatives wouldn't like. On the other hand, it has a bit of business-conservatism to it at times.

      "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

      by Delirium on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 01:37:35 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed... (4+ / 0-)
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        But Posner has recently cast a very cold eye on the systemic risks under-regulated markets have delivered. Posner is doubtless in some pain as he directs his thinking towards the murky waters  where rational economic action is unmoored and prismatic. We're all postmodernists now.

        Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

        by JoesGarage on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 01:49:05 PM PDT

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