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Mises and Philosophical Minimalism

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog01/01/2021

Mises defends praxeology using philosophical minimalism, that is, by sticking to the core fact that people act and make choices.

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Why It's Important to Make the Moral Case for Capitalism

CapitalismMedia and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog12/23/2020

Yes, capitalism is more efficient than socialism, but to build a compelling argument for free market capitalism, defenders of liberty must also articulate that it is a superior moral system.

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Quantitative Methods in Economics Can Describe—but Not Explain—Events

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog12/19/2020

Human action cannot be analyzed in the same way that one would analyze objects. These quantitative methods do not improve our knowledge of the driving causes in economics.

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Mises's Vision for Value-Free Economics

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog12/18/2020

If you say to someone that he won’t get what he is aiming for by using the means he has chosen, you aren’t making a value judgment yourself. You are making a strictly scientific statement. 

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A Clash about Morality in Wartime

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog12/11/2020

Hurting innocents is never okay, but apologists for the bombing of Hiroshima and other state atrocities find this "purist" position inconvenient.

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The Problem of Measuring the Utility Gained from Taxes

Philosophy and MethodologySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog12/04/2020

Interpersonal utility can't be measured. After all, if you can't measure a single person's utility, it makes no sense at all to measure one person's utility against that of another. 

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Lockdowns Destroy What Makes Us Human

HealthMedia and CulturePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog11/26/2020

Government planners have embraced a materialistic view of human beings which cheapens the importance of family and social events. These "experts" fail to understand what being human really means. 

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Debunking Seven Common Criticisms of Austrian Economics

Austrian Economics OverviewPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog11/25/2020

If people want to dismiss this school of thought, which many seem inclined to do for political (not theoretical) reasons, at least they should do so based on facts and knowledge, not on falsehoods.

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Why GDP Can't Measure the Quality of Life

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog11/14/2020

GDP fails to account for many measures of quality of life, such as personal safety, the local climate, leisure time, and more.

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Rothbard and the Problem of Rules

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog11/13/2020

It makes sense that individual ethics can vary within a natural law framework: the nonaggression principle isn't so much a rule to be applied as a norm to be followed. It's the foundation that makes life among other people possible.

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