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Is Bitcoin About to Become More Fed-like?

Can Bitcoin retain its anarchist edge while still operating more like a central bank? Last year, I wrote about how Texas has become a hotbed of Bitcoin development. One of the challenges the digital currency faces is how it can … Continue reading

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Margin of Error: Why Everyone Hates the Texas Business Tax

How did a state like Texas, which views all taxes with disdain, wind up with a tax like the one it levies on business? This tax is so bad that few other states that adopted one like it kept it … Continue reading

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Schlitterbahn: Lucrative When Wet

If you grew up in Texas, you probably are familiar with Schlitterbahn, the water park on the banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels. Among many of my friends, “Schlitterbahn” was synonymous with floating the river, because the original … Continue reading

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Oil’s Well That Ends Well?

Perhaps not so much. These days, Texans are getting worried about what the plunge in oil prices in the past six months will mean for the economy. We’ve seen this before, of course, in the 1980s. In the latest issue … Continue reading

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Radio Shack’s got problems. No one seems to have answers.

In the latest edition of Texas Monthly,  I discuss the long, slow decline of Radio Shack and take a look at the retailer’s grim prospects for the future. Radio Shack is one of those iconic stores that played a big role in … Continue reading

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Is the Free Market Slowing Down Your Internet?

When you compare the price that most Americans pay for Internet service, and the speeds they receive for that price, the U.S. is far from a leader in deploying the most important utility of the 21st century. The New York … Continue reading

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Wyly Slapped with “Staggering” Sanction

Back in June I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s must-win case against Dallas businessman Sam Wyly. Well, win the SEC did, and now a federal judge has slapped penalties of more than $300 million on Wyly and the … Continue reading

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