Alex Tokarev

Alex is a former WORLD contributor.

Democracy, bureaucracy, idiocracy

Government
by Alex Tokarev
Posted 9/06/11, 03:10 pm

I once heard a man yell at a New York bureaucrat: "You are the Vampire State!"

I was reminded of this incident one weekend last February when I took my children to Bethpage State Park for some winter fun. A park ranger blocked our entrance and forced us to return the sled to the car because there was not enough snow on the hills. I thought of arguing with him that the safety of my children is my job. Then I remembered how useless trying to reason with state employees turned out to be at the end of summer last year at Jones Beach.

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Majority rule vs. blind justice

Economy
by Alex Tokarev
Posted 8/30/11, 03:29 pm

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Fixing a 'market failure'?

Economy
by Alex Tokarev
Posted 8/23/11, 03:51 pm

I grew up on the outskirts of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. Our neighborhood looked more like a village than a suburb. We would often wake up to the sound of a rooster crowing across the street. I used to buy fresh milk from a farmer whose cows grazed in a field less than a half-mile from my parents' apartment building.

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