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Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie
interviews Michael Shermer

broadcast January 2008 | comments (6)

During his book tour Michael Shermer visited the offices of Reason magazine, who have recently added Reason.TV to their media package, a project helped launched by Drew Carey, who turns out to be a big fan of Skeptic magazine and all things skeptical. In this interview Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie interviews Shermer on his new book, The Mind of the Market.

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6 Comments to “Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie
interviews Michael Shermer”

  1. Steve Says:

    I am reading Michael’s book right now. I find it intriging and thought provoking. There are a couple points I do not agree with, but in general I do. I thought this interview was a good summary of the book.

  2. Guitar Says:

    The last comment about freedom of information and dictators is so important and I agree. Why are not more efforts being made to insure cheap (free), unobstructed access to the internet?

  3. Bill Vojtech Says:

    # Guitar Says:
    January 30th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    The last comment about freedom of information and dictators is so important and I agree. Why are not more efforts being made to insure cheap (free), unobstructed access to the internet?
    ——

    There Ain’t No Such Thing As Free Internet.

    Somebody is paying for it. If the government provides it, taxpayers pay for it. And if they do as good a job on internet service as they do with snail-mail, get 2 cans and a string and you’ll do better.

    If private industry provides it, you’ll pay more for other goods and services to make up for the “free” internet.

    Besides, do you really want the government controlling the ‘net? No guarantee that they won’t go, (totally) fascist. Then who’ll be controlling the information? And many folks have an equal distrust of the private sector.

  4. Rob Says:

    Actually the postal service is considered indepedent of the US governemtn, though established by the US government. It’s kind of a grey area but you can ask any postal employee and they will tell you the same. Besides, I don’t really think your can beat the postal service as far as cheap, efficient service. At least I have no complaints…

    I think one fo the main issues is not the internet access which is already in place as long as you have a phone line to connect to it. The issue is government oversight and blocking of content, and affordability of computers. I know of a few projects that are working on the $100 laptop type project to provide cheap computers to developing countries, but without unobstructed access to information it will be limited.

    The other issue of government censorship of web content is an even bigger mountain to climb and besides sanctions against countries who do this such as China (where would we get all our fun toys frim?), or military action by the US world police(we see how well that works out) it is really up to the people in those countries to stand up and make the required change happen.

  5. Gary Schumacher Says:

    Just a comment on the USPS. A few weeks ago, as it is our habit to recycle or reuse any material we can, we took an Express Mail box that we had received something in and turned it inside out and packaged somthing outgoing in it. At the post office, I was asked if it was a Express Mail box turned inside out and I answered yes. I was told that it would have to go at the Express Mail rate. I mailed it at the lower rate at another branch. The USPS has an arrogant attitude which they can get away with, having a monopoly on certain types of mail. Thanks for your attention. Gary Schumacher thegor@att.net

  6. RHM Says:

    The USPS has about the same level of customer service as the Department of Motor Vehicles. It must be nice to have basically no competition.