Infrastructure Bill as Political Plunder and Social Engineering

“Joe Biden and the Congressional Democrats and Republicans consider it their political business to impose infrastructure spending and construction on the rest of us. So, not surprisingly, a bipartisan infrastructure bill is working its way through Congress with just such a $1 trillion price tag.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

– August 3, 2021

A Conversation On The Degradation of Economic Freedom

“On this episode of the AIER Authors Corner Ethan Yang interviews Timothy Sandefur, who is the Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, a public interest law firm specializing in advancing civil and economic freedoms.” ~ AIER

– August 3, 2021

Rich Man, Poor Man: Comparing the Value of a Dollar to Each

“As is so often true in economics, being attuned to more than what is immediately obvious yields insights very different from those that arise from looking only at what is immediately obvious.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

– August 3, 2021

Three – No, Four – Cheers for Space-Travelling Billionaires

“Private space programs are commercial endeavors in the short term, philanthropy over the long term – on an epic scale. Expecting public magnanimity was probably foolish.” ~ Peter C. Earle

– August 3, 2021

Manufacturing-Sector Demand Remains Strong as Labor, Materials, and Logistical Struggles Continue

“Manufacturing demand remains robust, while labor, production, and logistical issues continue to pressure prices.” – Robert Hughes

– August 2, 2021

The Rise of the Erudite Technocrats

“The expert, as ushered into politics by people like Jan Tinbergen’s brand of highly capable and motivated scientists, has been here for a long time. Whether they’re here to stay is a different matter.” ~ Joakim Book

– August 2, 2021

Economics of Liberty

“Freedom Fest 2021 was fun and instructive. Liberty lovers can discuss important policy matters face-to-face to great effect but some need to delve a bit deeper into the economic theories discussed at places like AIER if they really want to improve the world.” ~ Robert E. Wright

– August 2, 2021

Covid Policy and Outcomes

“Science was repeatedly invoked, but at least the actions I examined here were not supported by science. The reason for this may have been identified by Lord Acton in the 19th century. ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'” ~ Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr.

– August 2, 2021

Let’s Not Repeat the Same Mistakes With the Delta Variant

“The real danger with all of this is whether or not we are going to get the same incoherent set of impositions on our lives as the first few waves. Those in power should tread lightly because they truly have worn our patience thin for what is becoming far too long.” ~ Ethan Yang

– August 2, 2021

Cuban Farm Fantasies and Failures

“Cuba should have watched and learned from the more complete reforms embraced by China and Vietnam. By holding onto Soviet-inspired collective farming institutions, while experimenting with a return to pre-industrial farm technologies, the tone-deaf regime in Havana puts its own survival at risk.” ~ Robert Paarlberg

– August 1, 2021

Sweden to the Political Left of the Whole USA?

“Leftists might deny that they generally favor greater governmentalization, but the reality is that their ideas and policies almost always lead to bigger government. They often seem to be in denial about that, just as they are in denial about the downside of governmentalizing social affairs.” ~ Daniel B. Klein

– August 1, 2021

Bringing Money Under the Rule of Law

“The problem, of course, is that the Fed has always been under constant political pressure, but even when it is acting independently, its adventurism can and has ended poorly. To combat this, the authors argue that the Fed should be bound by explicit rules that constrain it from exercising broad discretion.” ~ Ethan Yang

– August 1, 2021

What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot, Actually

“After studying economics, I started to understand what brand names do. Social phenomena persist because they solve problems, and brand names solve significant information problems. I think critics of brand names and marketing would do well to give consumers the benefit of the doubt.” ~ Art Carden

– July 31, 2021

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