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The Amazingly Persistent Failure of Politics

– October 1, 2018

No matter how good legislators’ intentions are, and no matter how much money government spends, government “solutions” are very likely to fall short of solving most of the problems they’re sold as solving. Indeed, often the result is disastrous.

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It’s Profit, Not Greed, that Is Good

– September 28, 2018

Few defenders of free markets, not even the oft-maligned Ayn Rand, can be read as defending greed. In fact, if greed or selfishness is understood as exploiting others, then greed is impossible in a system of voluntary exchange.

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Life Is Complicated, and That Is Good

– September 27, 2018

Human beings can do more and realize their potentials more readily the more human interactions they have and the more extensive and complex the system of human interaction of which they are a part.

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What Do Economic Growth Figures Tell Us?

– September 26, 2018

Economic growth as measured by gross domestic product directs policy makers toward imagining a lump sum of output instead of allowing the market to adapt to the diverse needs and wishes of individuals.

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AIER Helps Bring Economics to the Classroom

– September 24, 2018

Students don’t learn enough economics, neither as a subject nor as a way of thinking across the curriculum. AIER was proud to co-sponsor and partner on an event last week with two organizations working to change that fact: the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), and the Economic Education Center at Lindenwood University’s School of Education in St. Charles, Missouri.

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How a New Definition of Personality Wrecked a Generation (or Two)

– September 23, 2018

“Without entirely knowing what we were doing, that in the course of a few decades, we replaced a view of the human project that was inspired by choice, personal ambition, and individual achievement with a completely different view that insists that aspiration is utterly pointless and probably even dangerous.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker 

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AIER Teaching Teachers

– September 19, 2018

In my lifetime, I’ve never observed more confusion over the issue of international trade. That’s an indicator of a more serious problem, the dearth of economic knowledge among the general public.

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The Market’s Beautiful Response to Hurricane Florence

– September 18, 2018

Long before governments entered the disaster scene, private citizens and entities took responsibility whenever they saw their fellow residents in trouble, oftentimes putting their own safety at risk to help save lives.

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Microfoundations in Macroeconomics

– September 17, 2018

Paul Krugman is a little too quick to dismiss the need for microfoundations in rigorous macro models.

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The Greatest Service Economists Perform

– September 17, 2018

When done well, economics regularly reveals that that which appears to the popular mind to be undeniably true is often a mirage, or at least highly questionable. No service performed by economists is as important as this one.

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Three Burning Questions about Political Economy

– September 10, 2018

Can you explain why we Americans today, who are so much richer than were our great-great grandparents, are also so much more fearful than they were of peaceful immigrants?

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Max Stirner’s Enduring Relevance

– September 7, 2018

Collectivism left horrifying stains on the 20th century. With the new technologies of supervision and control now available, the dominance of collectivist beliefs in the new century would be outright devastating. It is time to ban the curse of collectivism. We need an individualist turn in philosophy and politics and must abandon the mystical beliefs in false abstractions. To this end, Max Stirner is the indispensable guide.

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