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Libertarian confusion about organizations and non-profits

A post at took me to this libertarian blog and site.

The author wondered why people would assume non-profits do more for a community than firms.

I forwarded this to some colleagues with similar interests and we may have run aground of some moderating policies as our comments do not seem to have been posted.  Hmmmmm.  I guess even free market of ideas people need some ground rules.

I’ll see if my comments go up later.

Basically, I pointed out that

1) The author seems to work for a non-profit.  So his stance of “who are those people” is ironic.

2) Non-profit versus profit is a meaningless distinction to make when discussin what they do or how they are perceived.

3) NPs that perform vital services are seen as more community-oriented because they ARE.  That does not mean that they are immune from critique.  Likewise, firms that push externalities onto communities or that use their political and economic power to suck up more value are seen as less community-minded because their actions ARE.

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Writing and Blogging

Writing and Reading (x posted at Nets We Weave). One of the aspects of blogging that I love is the chance to participate in conversations with others who have similar interests. This is why I enjoy academic blogs so much. At the same time, it can feel like a time suck of seeming to be productive when it actually does not do anything to advance my writing. How to balance the goodness- feeling connected and part of the dialogue- with not becoming a blogger instead of a scholar? I also find myself often with lots of random thoughts in my head that want to get out. I tend to ignore them out of a belief that to use energy and time to put them to paper or screen dissipates my limited reserves of time and attention. But maybe this is flawed. Maybe it would actually be better to just get them down and out instead of using energy trying to push them aside. As a new experiment in the relationship between blogging and scholarly writing, I will use short bursts of time to write about my writing process or to simply record the random assortment of theory and social science-related ideas and tangents that pop up in my unquiet mind. Rules: •Write for no more than ten minutes. If it is not publishable, save it as a draft. Minimize worrying about sourcing or linking as these activities often turn a ten minute blog jaunt into a hour of blog marathon.

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Great Poster of Online Communities

I love this!

See if you can find Second Life!

Can you finnd second life?


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Through the Wardrobe Door

My wife, Virginia Zimmerman, starts her own blog about Children’s Literature, Victorian literature, writing, and teaching. She launches with a nice post explaining a quotation from CS Lewis.

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Sure signs of cluelessness

Bob Sutton has this gem:

“I always think that when a boss starts eating your food without asking permission it is pretty good sign, as it is such a perfect blend of cluelessness and selfishness.”

Other signs?

This also serves a test of trackback across blogging platforms since his a typepad blog.

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BlogHUD : Get a Second Life Blog

BlogHUD : Get a Second Life Blog – Second Life blogging community network and tools
what is a blogHUD?
The ‘blogHUD’ is a tool to let you blog from Second Life and crosspost your text posts or image postcards to your own blog or photo-sharing account.

This looks like it oculd be a useful tool for undergrads doing on-line ethnography.

Has anyone used it?

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Blog goals

I keep meaning to improve this blog…

  1. blog hits counter
  2. Figure out diff between tags and categories (do I need both?)
  3. go to three column?
  4. fill out blogroll
  5. consolidate categories (life, writing, politics & government, local, words, research, networks, sociology, economics, organization theory… is that enough?)
  6. Explore wordpress site and forum for more ideas

Maybe more later…


I just figured ou the diff between and org, basically between teh software hsoted on a server I control versus the free hosting.  SO far, I think I will stick with free, but its nice to know I could download and customize of my blogging heart so desires some day.

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What’s the difference between tags and categories?

Whats the diff between tags and categories? I am sure WordPress (good folks that they are) can enlighten me. I guess I need to invest some time in knowing more about blogging. *sigh* so little time, so much to do.

They are both indexing systems. Right? So why have two? Do I have too many categories?

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