Por fin un verdadero plan de estímulo. Gabriel Calzada

Pero más importante aún que la libertad de horarios comerciales es la desburocratización y liberalización de la apertura de negocios que la Comunidad de Madrid parece estar preparando a través del llamado “permiso exprés”. La idea consiste en revertir el proceso actual por el que la administración pública otorga licencias para abrir negocios que se llegan a demorar varios años.

Según el informe Doing Business, España ocupa el puesto 147 de 183 países en facilidad para abrir un negocio –y el 49, con 233 días de tiempo invertido y 11 procedimientos administrativos, en el ránking que mide la facilidad relativa a la hora de conseguir un permiso de obra–, muy lejos de los puestos que ocupan la inmensa mayoría de países desarrollados con los que se supone que competimos.


Hace unos meses el presidente de Ikea denunciaba que lograr una licencia en España suponía una espera de hasta 5 años y yo mismo he tenido que esperar 6 años y un mes para obtener una licencia de obra y apertura de una simple cafetería.





Pedro Schwartz: “El comercio no está al servicio del vendedor”. Yago González

¿Por qué es bueno liberalizar horarios comerciales?

Porque principales beneficiarios son los consumidores, que son los que tienen que mandar. La liberalización hace que los consumidores decidan cuándo y dónde quieren comprar.

¿Una liberalización total o en parte regulada?

¿Por qué tiene que ser regulada? Los reguladores deben ser los propios comerciantes en función de las necesidades de su tienda.

¿Qué fundamentos tienen las protestas de los pequeños comerciantes cuando, por ejemplo, se abre en sus cercanías un gran centro comercial?

Lo primero que hay que saber es que alrededor o incluso dentro de las nuevas superficies aparecen pequeños nuevos negocios. Con todo, siempre que hay un gran comercio los que están cerca deben adaptarse, pero la idea debe ser la misma: ¿qué quiere el que compra? El comercio no está al servicio del vendedor, sino del comprador.





Declaraciones de Máximo José García González




Yemen uprising: Sana'a rocked by night of fierce fighting



Yemen's capital has been rocked by a night of deafening explosions and gunfire as troops loyal to the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, battled with rebel tribesmen and defected soldiers for control of the city.
The violence was some of the fiercest in months and has prompted fears that the fate of the country's nine-month civilian uprising may be sliding into the hands of Yemen's fractious armed forces.
The fighting broke out around 11pm on Sunday with sporadic bursts of gunfire. By dawn a series of huge explosions had ripped through buildings in the north, echoing around the surrounding mountains.
Three teenage protesters were severely wounded when a hail of rockets thudded into Change Square – the tented shantytown in central Sana'a where thousands of demonstrators have been camped out since February calling for Saleh's resignation. It is the fourth time in the past month that shells have fallen on the camp.
"Their wounds are appalling," said Anas Noman, a third-year medical student volunteering in the camp's mosque, now a field hospital. "We've transferred one of them to a nearby hospital for an amputation of his leg."


Pat Rocha (1959)


Streamline World


Remembering Mrs. Smith


Departure


Dreamer Scheamer


The Spinster


Playing For Walt

Not Easy Being Green

Do The Freddy

Pride Of Fidelity
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What to Do with Super-Achievers? Arnold Kling


The organizations that come into existence will reflect the opportunities provided by the institutional matrix. That is, if the institutional framework rewards piracy then piratical organizations will come into existence; and if the institutional framework rewards productive activities then organizations—firms—will come into existence to engage in productive activities.
—Douglass North, Nobel Prize Lecture, December 9, 1993.

Steven Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple Computer, and Steven Chu, the current secretary of Energy, are both examples of super-achievers. Jobs created an innovative company that is currently among the most valuable in the world as measured by stock market capitalization. Chu earned a Nobel Prize in physics and sees himself as a leader in the battle against global warming.

At this point, it seems likely that Jobs will be remembered as having contributed significantly to human progress. Chu's historical legacy is more problematic. Assuming that Chu's efforts at promoting solar power and electric automobiles are no more successful than the Carter-era effort to build a breeder reactor, they will end in dismal failure. Is there a lesson to be learned from this about where society should want its super-achievers to perform?

It is certainly not the case that Jobs was more intelligent or noble than Chu. However, they operated within different institutional frameworks. In this essay, I argue that society is better off when people with the “animal spirits” to seek to become super-achievers do their striving within the private sector rather than if they hold the levers of power in government.


I would like to see a culture where super-achievers look to the (non-banking) private sector as the arena for attempting to realize their visions. Government should be an arena for quiet competence, not for those who aspire to great achievement.