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Review: Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II

Book Reviews


Stalin’s War is a magnificent book and everyone interested in the causes and consequences of World War II—and what reasonable person could not be?—should read it.

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Revitalizing a Town Takes a Lot More Than Fixing Up a Few Buildings for a TV Show

Media and CultureCalculation and Knowledge


Creating a functioning and sustainable local economy is much more time consuming and complicated than sprucing up a few buildings to look good on a TV show.

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Recession and Recovery: W.H. Hutt’s View

Booms and Busts


What happens during a depression? Should we expect it to end, or can an economy remain stuck at the bottom?

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Review: Sohrab Ahmari's New Attack on Laissez-Faire Liberalism

World History


The Unbroken Thread is an interesting yet ultimately disappointing attack on liberalism. It is mostly a collection of many opinions, with very little in the way of facts or analysis. 

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Ratification: The Struggle For Massachusetts

U.S. History


Realizing that most voters in Massachusetts were against the new constitution, the Federalists concocted a variety of dirty tricks to ensure a Federalist victory. 

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Record Numbers of Coloradans Are Crossing the Wyoming Border to Buy Illegal Fireworks

World History


It's possible to buy fireworks in Wyoming that are illegal in Colorado. So Wyoming merchants have placed a number of huge fireworks shops about two minutes from the border. It's quite convenient for Coloradans planning to ignore local laws. 

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Review: Niall Ferguson's Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe


Niall Ferguson’s new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe is timely. But Ferguson may just be telling the reader what he wants to hear. 

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Robots Won't Destroy Us: How Automation Creates Jobs

Labor and WagesCalculation and KnowledgeCapital and Interest TheoryProduction Theory


The goods created by automation—and the labor freed up by it—become inputs for industries downstream.

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