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  1. How do intellectual property laws affect the economy?

    I've been reading a lot of news about copyright and patent laws with respect to technology. In what ways has intellectual property laws affected the economy and what are the possible pros and cons of proposed changes?

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  2. Should labor be allowed to move across international borders just as freely as capital does?

    Would we all enjoy relatively more or less prosperity if labor (workers) were allowed to move freely across international borders just like capital does?

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  3. 34 votes
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  4. Why is so much USA business moving to Canada. Why is the Canadian dollar lower than the US dollar ,when in Canada we are indated by US bus.

    Tax the mega Corporation that do business in Canada. Lower taxes for Canadian made products .

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  5. Why does knowledge have increasing returns?

    Since you've started by talking about trade and the division of labor, a discussion of knowledge's effects on labor productivity would be relevant. For example, why does LeBron James play basketball better if there are other good players on his team? (Example stolen from Bill Easterly's explanation of complementarity and skill matching in Elusive Quest for Growth.)

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  6. How do we develop meaningful work for many people who are (or will be) un-, under-, temporarily, or miserably employed by technology?

    I have read that we will continue to lose jobs as the impact of technology broadens. Yet meaningful work is the way many of us define our lives.

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  7. Why is it so difficult to debate with socialists? Request everyday arguments like principles.

    I wanted some inputs from you on how to debate the socialists. What are those basic 7 or 8 or 10 or 13 points where they always go wrong. Something like principles which could be abstracted. For example they always go wrong in assuming that things can be planned which can be squashed by speaking to them of disasters, diseases which come unplanned. Of course they still argue that "govt can make allocation" but immediately they know (and they also know that their audience knows) that they have started treading on thin ice. One more thing for example which I…

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  8. How Students Can Benefit From Online Education

    Over the years technology has progressed into a force to be reckoned with; it seems you can learn just about anything online. Previously you could do basic things like shop or get directions, and now you can literally attend school online from the comfort of your living room. Education websites proliferate the Internet and appeal to all ages; anyone can take advantage of this new shift in technology. Evaluating the pros and cons of education websites will allow you to see which ones are the choices for you.

    The obvious perks to education websites are flexibility and the multitude of…

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  9. What is the value of a common currency?

    Why does a common currency work in the United States but not in the European Union? I've heard that the difference between the strengths of the German and Greek economies (for instance) make the euro union fail, but don't US states also differ in the strength of their economies--why don't we see the same destructive effects of a common currency?

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  10. 12 votes
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  11. With specialization there is profit. So wouldn't it be beneficial to offer free collage?

    The more videos you watch the more they say specialization is key. So to specialize you need education. Would it not greatly benefit us all if we could have more people with special knowledge?

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  14. Are Neighborhood Associations an advance in local representation?

    There are an ever growing proliferation of Neighborhood Associations throughout the country but the ones in Multnomah County Oregon have been in operation for over 40 years. They claim this is the new advance in political representation at the local level but the overall effect has been more control by fewer people who are even more parochial than the bureaucrats in Town Hall.
    www.portlandonline.com/ONI is the litmus for the program.

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  15. Fair trade? How this can improve?

    since there is no evidence fair trade really Works how we can improve it

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  17. Housing - should cities be allowed to build it as a commodity - e.g., electricity. Taxes now main component of housing cost.

    Some cities are not big enough, and most do not have housing for homeless people or even working people. If cities could decide what would make their size optimal, and then provide housing - in the way that cities sometimes now provide electricity or water if there is not a vendor of these services - cities could build to an optimal size, and provide the kind of housing that meets the population needs. Currently, property tax is a huge component of housing cost, and that might go to the state. Also, the cost of property transfer within market rates due…

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  19. Money and Banking Update

    What is the fed up to over the past 8 years post recession vs what I was taught in the 1970s and 1980s. I was taught that the fed should keep a dollar worth a dollar and not to intentionally promote inflation. Compare the former open market operations with today's QE programs and direct purchases. What are the pros and cons of the new approach.

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