The Libido for the Superficial

– December 8, 2022

“Once the reality of a libido for the superficial is admitted, many phenomena are better understood. For example, it’s easy to understand, and excuse, intellectually unengaged people falling for protectionist fables.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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How Yellowstone Portrays the American Creed

– December 7, 2022

“The success of the Dutton family depicts the best parts of capitalism (a system based on incentives, trade-offs, and transactions) and the worst parts of cronyism (a system based on rent-seeking for power positions and policy preferences in the political realm).” ~ Kimberlee Josephson

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Yes, an Academic Free-Speech Conference Needed Protection from the Mob

– November 30, 2022

“Universities themselves should be viewed as places where members of an academic community gather to discuss ideas of the day. They should generally not take stands on issues.” ~ Richard K. Vedder

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The Case for Bringing Back Neckties (and Classical Liberalism)

– November 29, 2022

“Liberalism—or, to clarify, classical liberalism, which developed a few centuries ago and cherishes free markets, limited government, and flourishing social institutions—is (like the necktie) a bit out of favor.” ~ Bruce Rottman

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I, Travel: In Wonder at the Achievements of a Free Society

– November 28, 2022

“At the beginning of his classic essay “I, Pencil,” Leonard E. Read quoted G.K. Chesterton as saying, ‘we perish for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.’ Commercial society is a wonder that produces other wonders, and we should wonder at it.” ~ Art Carden

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The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal. A Review.

– November 25, 2022

“De Waal decides he needs to know more about his inherited netsukes and ends up on a multi-year ride finding out about his family and their interaction with the objects.” ~ Daniel Asia

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MFE (Merit, Fairness, and Equality) Versus DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Should be NC (No Contest)

– November 25, 2022

“Colleges and universities that have succumbed to DEI ought to be at a big competitive disadvantage versus those that just offer worthwhile education. Let us hope that MFE catches on.” ~ George Leef

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An Inflationary Thanksgiving, Revisited

– November 24, 2022

“Americans face another costly holiday season owing to the heavy-handed and arguably unnecessary monetary and fiscal programs early in the COVID pandemic.” ~ Peter C. Earle

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Global Lessons of America’s Thanksgiving

– November 24, 2022

“Thanksgiving Day is an opportunity to praise the institutions of individualism, private property, and liberty. Despite recent disappointments, the freedom enshrined in America’s national heritage made it a rich and welcoming country.” ~ Christopher Lingle

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A Series of Miracles

– November 24, 2022

“Take a cue from Lincoln and appreciate the blessings that we do enjoy rather than pining for things we don’t. Take a cue from the best America has produced and say a prayer of thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.” ~ James R. Harrigan

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Bob Chapek, Patient Zero in the Shareholder Backlash Against Wokentainment?

– November 23, 2022

“The firing of Disney CEO Bob Chapek is the first major backlash against years of wasteful, stakeholder-driven management. Hopefully, this is the first of many more such battles between woke corporate managers and shareholders.” ~ Peter C. Earle

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Economics Is a Walk in the Park

– November 20, 2022

“It’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that there isn’t a ‘human nature’ that responds to incentives, makes choices in the face of scarcity, and so on. If even the ducks and pigeons respond to incentives, people may do so too.” ~ Art Carden

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