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Why Economic Models Can't Provide a Realistic Picture of Human Behavior

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog05/26/2021

Mises: "The experience with which the sciences of human action have to deal is always an experience of complex phenomena. No laboratory experiments can be performed with regard to human action."

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VAWA Balkanizes Rights, Cynically Erasing Male Indians

Labor and WagesPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog04/07/2021

Identitarians present a parody of human rights: only approved groups are recognized as victims. Unapproved individuals are lost in the balkanization despite the fact that, in the final analysis, only individuals suffer and cry out for help.

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Why Postmodernism Is Incompatible with a Politics of Liberty

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog04/05/2021

Postmodernism lends itself to totalitarianism. Once beliefs aren't constrained by the object world, an idea can't be wrong, and the intellectual battleground becomes a political one, a struggle to impose certain ideas on all.

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The Economics and Ethics of Government Default, Part II

Monetary PolicyTaxes and SpendingPhilosophy and Methodology

The economic analysis of repudiation applies to the debt of all levels of government and to all countries. The central question is not how big the government is or how much it owes, but rather whether the debt is funded by taxes.

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The Economics and Ethics of Government Default, Part I

Monetary PolicyTaxes and SpendingPhilosophy and Methodology

What would it mean for the economy if by one fell swoop not just the debt owed to the central bank, but all of it disappeared?

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A Caricature of Classical Liberalism: It's All about Individualism and Materialism

Book ReviewsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog02/04/2021

In her history of liberalism (both classical and otherwise) Helena Rosenblatt relies on a caricature of liberals as radically individualistic and concerned only with material gain. This is an unfortunate mistake. 

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What Rights Do Future Generations Have?

The EnvironmentPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/29/2021

Many say economics must focus on preserving resources for distant future generations. They say climate change is why. That's may seem convincing in the abstract, but we soon learn how hard it is to predict future needs, and to ignore present ones. 

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A World without Political Leaders?

World HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/15/2021

Manent insists that if political leaders don’t lead society, we will have a society that isn’t led by political leaders. So what?

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Why Mainstream Economic Forecasts Are So Often Wrong

Money and BankingPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog01/08/2021

Thanks to politics, confirmation bias, and bad monetary economics, central banks have a lousy record when it comes to economic forecasts. 

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The Problems with Marx's Dialectic

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/05/2021

The Marxist dialectic was purported to explain every development in Soviet society. But so much wishful thinking was required that eventually it all just became a subject for jokes.

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