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The Art Market is Less Ethical than the Stock Market

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Though the 2008 recession sparked widespread belief that the stock market was corrupt. Is the art market any better? Practices like chandelier bidding, price inflation and secret sourcing of art pieces call into question the legitimacy of art sales and values. But art market defenders posit that art, unlike other commodities, is valued based on appreciation and, because no two works of art are identical, cannot be regulated using traditional measures. 

  • Paul Butler

    3 Items
    • Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law
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    Paul Butler, author of ‘Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,’ talks about jury nullification, and current issues in the war on drugs and criminal justice with Post-Exchange reporter Jamie Loo.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    I have jury duty on July 2, and I can't wait. If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
  • Nick Gillespie

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    • Editor-at-Large, Reason
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    Gillespie and Welch answer the question: ‘What does a libertarian think about the war on drugs and how do we change it?’

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gillespie speaking at an SSDP conference on the topic of ‘What Would a Sensible Drug Policy Look Like,’ and discussing how drug prohibition functions as a ‘structuring event’ in American life, forcing all sorts of activity to pay hypocritical and misdirected lip service to a Just Say No mentality.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we're at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Why is it that ostensibly pro-drug movies can never quite deliver the goods, can never quite depict drug use as something other than depraved?

    Thursday, March 1, 2001
Art Market
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Donald Kuspit March 6
Art Bubble
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Alexandra Peers November 20
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Ben Lewis
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Marc Spiegler March 26
Investment
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Godfrey Barker December 16
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Claire Obusan October 6
Regulation
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- Subscription required Bob Sherwood November 5
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- Subscription required John Dizard April 12
Auctions
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Daniel Grant October 31
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Lee Rosenbaum May 15
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Alexandra Peers June 22
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Christopher Mason September 25
Sotheby's/Christie's
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Alexandra Peers April 15
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Christopher Mason March 13
Dealers
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Richard Woods October 7
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Christopher Mason February 28
Museums
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Laura Cumming October 12
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Richard B. Woodward November 7
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Lee Rosenbaum May 13
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Michael Kimmelman July 17
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Christopher Knight February 4
Antiquities
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Hugh Eakin December 17
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Lee Rosenbaum February 28
Scandals of Note
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Alan Feuer July 17
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Louise Jury July 19
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Peter Watson June 26
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Anthony Haden-Guest March 4