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Mises versus Rand on the Origins of Nazism

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog04/17/2020

Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand held very different views about the origins of Nazism, and in this article I am going to describe these differences. Both involve German philosophical ideas.

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Flattening the Curve or Flattening Bellies? Africa's COVID-19 Dilemma

InflationGlobal EconomyTaxes and Spending

Blog04/14/2020

Africa is in no position to bring a halt to economic activity. Urban poverty and huge debts present an apparent choice between rampant disease and mass impoverishment.

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A Puzzle about Mises and Conscription

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog04/10/2020

Not only are conscripts enslaved, often under brutal conditions, they can be sent to die in battle. Mises opposed conscription, but there was an exception.

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Why Central Planning by Medical Experts Will Lead to Disaster

Blog04/09/2020

Medical experts have tunnel vision when it comes to disease and public policy, and they greatly overestimate their own abilities to anticipate unintended costs and consequences.

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Entrepreneurship Is the Foundation of a Productive Society

The EntrepreneurMedia and Culture

Blog04/09/2020

To spread the benefits of goods and services, we must first spread the mindset needed to take on the task of producing goods and services. That is, the mindset of entrepreneurship.

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Education and the Coronavirus: Trying to Look on the Bright Side

Education

Blog04/08/2020

Entrepreneurs can offer new ways of serving established markets, but large institutions will keep with what has worked in the past so long as it just continues to work in the present. Radical change happens only in an emergency. For the British university that time has now arrived.

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The Real Cost of Anti-Price-Gouging Laws

Price ControlsCalculation and Knowledge

Blog04/08/2020

If buyers aren't allowed to compete in terms of prices, they'll be forced to compete in terms of time waiting, distance traveled, or other real costs.

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Italy's Healthcare Sector Badly Needs Deregulation and More Private Spending

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealthPrice Controls

Blog04/07/2020

Thanks to regulations and a lack of private spending, Italy's healthcare system had very limited capacity even before the current crisis.

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