Free Enterprise

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Society is much closer to a complex biological organism than to a matrix of engineering principles with explicit, contingent rules.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Voting may be many things, but the least of them is self-expression. Conceding the sufficiency of multi-billion dollar political contests among highly vetted, meticulously-coached candidates is a guaranteed road to self-negation.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

As users have started losing confidence in Facebook after the firm’s decision to purge hundreds of popular pages from the platform, it will be only a matter of time until a strong competitor enters the picture.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Sears played an important role in circumventing the institutionalized racial discrimination of the Jim Crow South.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Light, as we know it today, is a commodity. That would not have been possible without the institutional prerequisites — freedom to create, own, and exchange — that built the modernity we too often take for granted.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Historically, unsustainable debt service levels and distorted commercial decision-making are frequently precipitated by artificially low interest rates.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Free market liberalism not only has brought about growing prosperity for more of humanity, but has cultivated a more polite and respectful society to accompany the material betterment of the human condition.

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

We have all heard the tales of aggressive competitiveness between Uber and Lyft in the United States, with the latter accusing the world’s leading ride-sharing company of unethical behavior. But what you may have not heard is that Uber’s top competitor in India, Ola, is expanding, prompting Uber to seek a merger in other regions to remain on top.

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Making college free would be a big mistake, but there are ways to help people that combine the power of free markets, the strength of communities, and the value of a good education.

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The conditions have to be right to change the world. It takes men and women of great courage and patience. But it can happen. We owe everything to those in the past who have been willing to take that difficult road and dare to both dream and act on those dreams.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Politics promised to give us a meaningful life. It failed. Now we have to find it elsewhere. As the poet Virgil led Dante through Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, Jordan Peterson is the tour guide of the modern world in its confrontation with our inner selves.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The flourishing of commerce means the flourishing of everything we call civilization.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Jeffrey Tucker was on this interview with Dave Rubin. Part 2 covers the history of Right Hegelianism and it is coming up. Part 1 here covers the history and meaning of liberalism. 

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

The social-media world of the future will not be centralized. It will take many different forms, and the replacement for Facebook is not likely to be a copy. It will be something else entirely, and we can see this already happening. This realization will force us all to come to terms with a reality of the world that social media has heretofore led us to deny: it’s a huge world out there and the varieties of social experience are infinite. Not one of them is perfect. Not one of them is permanent.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

The consumer surplus that we derive from buying water, and other items, is enormous, almost incalculable.  The fact that all of these products, services, and useful things are available to us at low prices seems automatic, nothing very interesting or important. In fact, the capitalist system operating in the background is performing miracles of production, logistics, and delivery, all to make sure that prices are low.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Eighty years after a remarkable colloquium in 1938, one that tried to assess the crisis of liberalism and what to do about it, the proceedings have finally been published. The results are tremendously revealing. The Walter Lippman Colloquium was indeed a seminal event that set the stage for the postwar liberal revival. 

 

Monday, August 6th, 2018

There is no chance of finally censoring the future with any of the tools that molded the past. It’s done, that great migration from a things-based economy regulated by the state to an idea-based economy regulated only by the choices of the individuals that make up society itself.

Monday, July 30th, 2018

This pillow is not only a tribute to good engineering and good sense; it is a credit to a commercial system that enables and rewards innovation in service of the better life.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

State and local governments don’t need any more of our money to feed their budgets through taxes, whether they’re taken from online sales or not. We should be free to drop whatever we want into our virtual (or real) shopping carts in peace without government sweeping in to get a cut.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

That an asset or innovation is subject to scamery, pushed by grifters, invested in by the deluded and avaricious, does not mean it is not a good idea. You can observe the fallacy with any new discovery that has ever appeared in the history of humankind.

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