A Weakness in the "Small Batch" Manufacturing Paradigm?

I’m a huge fan of the changes described in Kevin Carson’s The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto.

I love the fact that technology is enabling things like the re-localization of manufacture and a “small batch” ethos that lets people get something a lot closer to what they want instead of just having to . . . → Read More: A Weakness in the Small Batch Manufacturing Paradigm?

How should the history of the industrial revolution influence economic reforms?

While recently reading Deirdre McCloskey’s ‘Bourgeois Dignity’, Joel Mokyr’s ‘The Enlightened Economy’ and Eric Jones, ‘Locating the Industrial Revolution’ (discussed previously here, here and here) I was pleased to find that these authors have been able to make a strong case that the industrial revolution can be best explained by modern economic growth theory . . . → Read More: How Should the History of the Industrial Revolution Influence Economic Reforms?

Was the Industrial Revolution Mainly About the Growth of Manufacturing Industry?

Some readers may think this question is like asking whether the Pope is a Catholic. The question is worth considering, however, because it raises some fairly common misconceptions about the industrial revolution (some of which I held until recently).

My main reason for reading about the industrial revolution has to do with my interest . . . → Read More: Was the Industrial Revolution Mainly About the Growth of Manufacturing Industry?

Was the Industrial Revolution caused by Bourgeois Dignity or Institutional Change?

Most of Deidre McCloskey’s important new book serves to establish that if we want to explain the industrial revolution we need to explain why so much innovation occurred in England from the late 18th century and through the 19th century. She suggests that we should dismiss attempts to explain the industrial revolution in terms . . . → Read More: Was the Industrial Revolution caused by Bourgeois Dignity or Institutional Change?

Can the Industrial Revolution be Attributed to Economic Freedom?

Before reading Eric Jones book, ‘Locating the Industrial Revolution’, I had thought that the reasons why the industrial revolution began when and where it did would have a lot to do with relative levels of economic freedom in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book seems to me to reinforce that . . . → Read More: Can the Industrial Revolution be Attributed to Economic Freedom?

Interesting Readings for July 16, 2010

The top selling Indian newspapers according to Amazon’s kindle subscriptions.

India’s courts may be in a slow process of reshaping India into a liberal democracy. Here is a Supreme Court ruling which blocks the Maharasthra government from interfering with the rights of a citizen to read a certain book. Sadly, it was done . . . → Read More: Interesting Readings for July 16, 2010