Becker-Posner Blog
December 5, 2004 9:05 AM   Subscribe

Take a Nobel economist who has devoted his career to studying the effect of social and political change on microeconomic theory. Combine with the most prolific legal scholar of the past half-century and federal judge with immeasurable influence on American jurisprudence. Add Moveable Type and a bit of technical help from our fearless leader, and you've got the Becker-Posner Blog, which debuts today.
posted by PrinceValium (14 comments total)
someone needs to tell them every link is not an email link.
posted by zelphi at 9:14 AM on December 5, 2004

My involvement was teeny-tiny (I helped setup MT and tossed my CSS templates over there in about 20 min of work). Where'd you hear about it PV?
posted by mathowie at 9:16 AM on December 5, 2004

Howard Bashman, who I read religiously, broke the news last week, and my RSS reader informed me of the introductory post that went up this morning.

This is a welcome development from Judge Posner, who guest-blogged for Lessig earlier this year and seems suited to this sort of format. I am not an adherent to the law-and-economics doctrine, but his opinions contain some fasciniating dicta and his ideas carry weight particularly in the IP and products liability areas. He's also a workaholic who seemingly dabbles in everything: Here's a New Yorker profile.

I'm ashamed to not know much about Professor Becker, being a less-than-attentive econ major in my undergrad years.
posted by PrinceValium at 9:26 AM on December 5, 2004

Thanks for the link! I look forward to seeing what Judge Posner has to say.

and like PrinceValium... I don't know much about the other guy
posted by falconred at 9:38 AM on December 5, 2004

As I said in my soon-to-be-disappeared MeTa post on this, you know you have groupies when your "Hello world" posts get 25 trackbacks.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 9:43 AM on December 5, 2004

mailto: yup. coupla real smart guys there.
posted by quonsar at 10:03 AM on December 5, 2004

Maybe it makes you a little more tolerant of the newbie mistakes of the neoFites, doesn't it?

I didn't think so...

But... Becker & Posner? Does that mean Steely Dan's broken up again?
posted by wendell at 12:29 PM on December 5, 2004

My favorite Judge Posner line:

"Prediction is difficult, especially when it concerns the future."
posted by rdone at 12:58 PM on December 5, 2004

So far it really sucks. Guess they don't translate well to the web.
posted by nofundy at 1:02 PM on December 5, 2004

Sweet baby jesus - it's got a single "Hello World" post and it already sucks? My god you people are bitter about something... And I don't know what all the mailto: snarkery is about since I don't see a single such link on the page now.

But I guess noone here has rolled to production with a minor formatting issue before, and every first post has been a scintillating gem. You should consider checking yourself if you're this ready to judge someone's intellect and perspective based on a link formatting slip, because that is seriously myopic.

"So far it really sucks"? There's nothing there yet to suck! Sheesh!

mmm - are you revolutionary bloggers, Changing the Media World with your New Forms of Journalism, this upset by the thought of sharing your toys?
posted by freebird at 1:21 PM on December 5, 2004

Wow. That was good coffee.
posted by freebird at 1:29 PM on December 5, 2004


Wake me up when Amartya Sen and Barak Obama start a blog.
posted by felix betachat at 1:50 PM on December 5, 2004

I can't wait to see the pictures of their cats!!
posted by bcwinters at 5:54 PM on December 5, 2004

Funny, bcwinters, because when Posner was profiled by the NY'er a few years ago, the photograph that accompanied the article was of him, taken from an extremely low angle, clutching his longhaired cat uncomfortably to his chest.

It was a great photo and I've wondered how the photographer got the shot.
posted by felix betachat at 6:18 PM on December 5, 2004

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