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In which Economic Principals (Haltingly) Finds Its Way to (toward) a New Publisher

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The Web was something of a wilderness when EP made the leap in March 2002. Mickey Kaus, Andrew Sullivan, and Ira Stoll were the only independent journalists I knew who had begun operating so-called online “blogs.” But after a standstill agreement expired, the New York Times Co. had taken control of The Boston Globe. The editor whom they installed had killed the column, and I wanted to keep writing. had three specific inspirations. Esther Dyson, from the office across the hall at Forbes, when I’d worked there, had bought Ben Rosen’s Electronic Newsletter and turned it into Release 1.0;