July 14, 2010
- In 1965, Detroit was the fourth largest American city. Today it is a necropolis full of rust belt roustabouts. This 1965 short film was created to pitch Detroit to the Olympic Committee as a host site for the 1968 games. In retrospect, the film is full of delicious tragic irony. My favorite lines, about four minutes in, “A new renaissance is changing the face of the city. This renaissance, seen everywhere, is the direct result of considered planning. The applied skills of planners, idea men, organizers, builders.”
- Idea man Matt Ridley at TED on When Ideas Have Sex. A good summary and presentation of his book, The Rational Optimist.
- Niall Ferguson forecasts U.S. fiscal doom on CNN.
- The San Francisco Chronicle: The Bay Area Needs to Act Like a City State. “If the Bay Area were to secede from California, it would instantly become the world’s 25th largest economy, ahead of Austria, Taiwan, Greece and Denmark.”
- Alabama Secessionists in Forbes: “Does the United States have the right number of states? Should we have more?”
- Nullification Should Be Taken Seriously
- A “How To Buy a Private Island” Knol.