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This Austrian Legal Scholar Thought Case Law Was the Key to Limiting State Power

Legal System

Blog02/07/2020

For Eugen Ehrlich, case law—as opposed to legislative law—could be be an effective tool in limiting state power and returning power to nonstate institutions.

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Brexit Voters Aren't As "Irrational" As Their Opponents Think

Global EconomySubjectivismValue and Exchange

Blog02/05/2020

Some anti-Brexit pundits tried to frame the Brexit debate as one of savvy economics-minded people against economic illiterates. These people missed the point.

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Do People Really Seek to Maximize Profit?

Calculation and KnowledgeValue and Exchange

Blog02/04/2020

Economics is not intent upon pronouncing value judgments. It aims at a cognition of the consequences of certain modes of acting.

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South Korea’s Neo-Mercantilist Growth Engine Has Stalled

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismLabor and WagesWorld History

Blog02/04/2020

After very quickly becoming an advanced economy, South Korea is experiencing declining growth and labor productivity. The culprit, as usual, is government intervention in the market to favor certain interests.

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Brexit: Predictions of Economic Doom Show Why People Ignore "Experts"

Bureaucracy and RegulationProtectionism and Free Trade

Blog02/03/2020

Experts who predicted economic doom as Brexit approached obsessed over the problem of "transaction costs" in trade. But the EU was imposing countless new transaction costs of its own.

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The Theory and Brief History of Money and Banking

The FedMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog01/29/2020

Why do we have money in the first place? Where does it come from, and what determines its form? What qualities make for a good money? What role do banks play—is it something other than what money itself does for us?

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Franz Jägerstätter: Conscientious Objector

Media and CultureStrategyWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/29/2020

Terrence Malick's new film about conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter is a subtle film. But perhaps too much so, and we need to look deeper to understand why this one man so vehemently resisted the Nazi state at the cost of his own life.

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The Folly of Economic "Stabilization"

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/27/2020

Shortcomings in the government's handling of monetary matters, of credit expansion, and the disastrous consequences of lowering the rate of interest gave birth to the ideas which finally generated the slogan "stabilization."

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