The New Economy (Pre)Dux; or, What History Teaches Us about the Wired World
By Andrew R. Rutten
This article appeared in the Fall 2003 issue of The Independent Review


Although James Ely’s Railroads and American Law (2001) examines the era of the locomotive, not Linux, its lessons for policymakers in the wired economy are significant. Whatever looks new in the past two decades—bubbles, busts, merger manias, managerial malfeasance, fights over network standards, imported labor, intellectual property, and hype—the railroads had in abundance.

Other Independent Review articles by Andrew R. Rutten
    Fall 2006   Politics in Time
    Summer 2001   Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution
    Spring 1999   Can Anarchy Save Us from Leviathan?
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