Google Street View

I spent a day this week touring Pittsburgh via Google Street View, which is amazing. Now comes news that a Pittsburgh couple has sued Google for including their house in street view, claiming that it has harmed their property’s value. But you could already view a less attractive picture of their house on the Allegheny County assessment web site, and learn all sorts of other … Continue reading Google Street View

Happy Thanksgiving!

The original Thanksgiving, John Stossel argues, is a testimony to private property. The Plymouth colony, like the early church, originally was set up on a principle of communal ownership. The result: a tragedy of the commons, in the form of starvation. Once people were allowed to own and farm their own plots, they enjoyed a bounty—hence the Thanksgiving feast. For a very different take on … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!