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Abolish the Tampon Tax, Even If It's What SJWs Want

Blog10/22/2019

The SJWs protesting the so-called "tampon tax" are doing so for rather questionable reasons. But if they're going to argue that taxes are a bad thing, we shouldn't stop them.

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All Human Beings — Not Just Capitalists — Are Self-Interested

Blog10/22/2019

Economists don't claim that self-interest is a moral good. They simply recognize it's an important part of human nature, and that government and social institutions must be designed for the human beings that actually exist — callous self-interest and all.

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Austrian School vs. “Law & Economics" on Product Safety

Bureaucracy and RegulationOther Schools of Thought

Blog10/11/2019

A look at the differences between the Austrian School and the "Law & Economics" tradition, with respect to product safety regulation.

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

The EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship

Blog10/05/2019

In The Free Market and Its Enemies, Mises wrote, “Even though you know everything about the past, you know nothing about the future.” This explains that the timeframe and economic constraints at work are vital to the expression of entrepreneurial talents.

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Argentina's Faux "Neoliberalism"

Blog10/02/2019

In Argentina’s case, it seems that old political habits of anti-capitalist policy die hard. So, no matter who ends up winning the presidency in October, the Argentine people are set to lose.

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A Flawed History of Doom

Booms and Busts

Blog09/30/2019

Richard Vague's new book on financial crises repeats many old myths about economic booms, while failing to understand the role of malinvestment and central banks.

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A "Bronze Age Mindset" Won't Save Us From Leviathan

Media and Culture

Blog09/27/2019

“It’s been evident for a while that conventional conservatism no longer holds much purchase with large swaths of the under 40, and especially under 30, crowd. Tax cuts, deregulation, trade giveaways, Russophobia, democracy wars, and open borders are not getting the kids riled up.”

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Artificial Intelligence and Super-Powered Economic Errors

Global Economy

Blog09/23/2019

Kai-Fu Lee’s new book AI Superpowers offers many insights into the development of of AI, but too much of the book is spent chasing economic phantoms.

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