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Socialism: A Brief Taxonomy

Socialism

Blog02/15/2020

From orthodox Marxism to anarcho-syndicalism, here's a brief guide to the many flavors of socialism.

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Wicksteed on Surplus Value

Blog02/14/2020

Many people are familiar with Eugen von Bőhm-Bawerk's damning critique of Marx, but Philip Wicksteed also took the time to show where Marx had gone wrong and struck his surplus theory of value a fatal blow.

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Rothbard: The Constitution Was a Coup d'État

Book ReviewsU.S. History

Blog02/13/2020

Rothbard took the American Revolution to be mainly libertarian in its inspiration, but he contends that the libertarian impulses of the Revolution were betrayed by a centralizing coup d’état. If Rothbard is right, the Constitution as written provides ample scope for tyranny.

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Why Entrepreneurs Miss Market Opportunities

The Entrepreneur

Blog02/11/2020

Consumers are unpredictable, so it's very easy to miss important entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurship isn't as easy as it looks.

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Remembering Burt Blumert

02/11/2020Power & Market

Today would have been the ninety-first birthday of Burt Blumert, one of the greatest personalities of the modern libertarian movement.

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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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Why Democracy Doesn't Give Us What We Want

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog01/30/2020

Uncritically holding democracy out as an ideal overlooks the question of whether market democracy or political democracy better serves citizens.

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