Week in Review: August 19, 2017
The headlines this week were dominated by last weekend's events at Charlottesville. Of course, instead of rejecting the the sort of overly politicized society that makes such escalation inevitable, politicians of both sides tried to seize the moment. As such, we have the returning distraction over the battle over confederate monuments — an issue easily remedied by privatizing them.
For this week's Mises Weekends, we're excited to share the first episode of a new Mises Institute podcast, "Historical Controversies." Hosted by Chris Calton, a Mises Fellow, "Historical Controversies" is a series that applies a Rothbardian revisionist look at important sagas in American history. The first season covers the War on Drugs, highlighting the role of the US government in fanning the flames of America's drug epidemic.
As Murray Rothbard said, "History necessarily means narrative, discussion of real persons as well as their abstract theories, and includes triumphs, tragedies, and conflicts, conflicts which are often moral as well as purely theoretical."
Along these lines, Chris interweaves personal stories alongside facts and anecdotes that you will never find in a government approved curriculum. The result is a show that will both entertain and enlighten. We hope you will enjoy the first episode of "Historical Controversies," and will subscribe for new episodes every week.
- People's QE? It's Venezuela with Tea and Cakes by Daniel Lacalle
- A Take of Two "Deflationary" Booms — The Gilded Age vs. Today by Brendan Brown
- Taxation, Slavery, and Consent by Chris Calton
- Do Seasonal Adjustments Help Identify Business Cycles? by Frank Shostak
- How Welfare States Make Us Less Civilized by Per Bylund
- Privatize the Public Monuments by Ryan McMaken
- Decentralize the Gun Laws by Ryan McMaken
- How Central Banking Increased Inequality by Louis Rouanet
- Before "Fake News," American Invented "Pseudo Events" by Ryan McMaken
- Korea and Venezuela: Flip Sides of the Same Coin by Jacob G. Hornburger
- Why Cryptocurrencies Will Never Be Safe Havens by Mark Spitznagel
- A New Murray Rothbard Book by Lew Rockwell
- I Just Got Price-Gouged and I'm Still Smiling by Allan Stevo
- World War I and the Triumph of Illiberal Ideology by Matthew McCaffrey
- Why Some Pharmaceuticals Are So Expensive by Gilbert Berdine
- That Google Diversity Memo by Peter G. Klein
- The Wrong Narrative in Charlottesville by Jeff Deist
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