Philosophy and Methodology

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Even When They're Wrong, We Can Learn From Understanding Others' Theories

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/20/2020

Learning the history of economic thought is important not because every economist has been right, but because we can learn from their mistakes.

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Logic and the Disutility of Labor

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog03/13/2020

Choosing between labor and leisure is not like choosing between apples and oranges. Many people like both kinds of fruit. But labor involves disutility, so a better choice is this: between apples and rotten oranges.

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The Myth of National Guilt

Media and CultureU.S. HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/06/2020

If we insist on "collective" responsibility assigned to entire nations, then we must naturally punish the innocent along with the guilty.

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Popper and the Course of History

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog02/28/2020

Can a scientific law allow us to predict the course of history? Marxists lean in this direction, but Karl Popper says it's impossible. Is he right?

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Mises and the "New Economics"

History of the Austrian School of EconomicsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/24/2020

Economics today poses as a predictive discipline which fails to correctly predict anything; a prescriptive discipline which prescribes the wrong policies; and an empirical discipline which collects data but misses the point.

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Individual Responsibility and Guilt

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog02/21/2020

Susan Neiman contends Southerners need to acknowledge guilt for slavery, segregation, and lynching, and "work off" the past. But collective responsibility is a chimera, and a dangerous one at that.

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Is Free Market Economics Too "Ideological"?

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog02/20/2020

Free market economics is often ignorantly dismissed for being "ideological" rather than scientific. It probably sounds smart to the economically illiterate, but it is decidedly not.

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Some Problems with Worker Productivity Stats

Philosophy and MethodologyPrices

Blog02/18/2020

Government statistics on worker productivity combine many errors of aggregation such as "average prices" and the total purchasing power of money. So it's unlikely that productivity numbers tell us much that's useful.

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What Is Aggression?

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog02/07/2020

Is just aiding and abetting someone in committing an aggressive act a violation of the nonaggression principle? What if you were "just" driving the getaway car?

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Your Rational Self vs. Your Irrational Self

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/31/2020

How can paternalists say that when they make it more difficult for you to smoke they aren’t interfering with your freedom? They've come up with a bizarre rationale.

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