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What Is the Point of Jason Momoa’s Bodyguards?

– August 4, 2019

Imagine there are two people, Jason and Namor, and they have these production possibilities for crimes prevented and movies made per year.

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Dear Taylor Swift: The Trouble with Copyright Is Deeper Than You Know

– July 9, 2019

Instead of worrying about the rights over her songs falling into the wrong hands, she should understand that unleashing her work from the tight grasp of IP’s claws would benefit her, as it would set her apart from other artists, and benefit all humankind, as others would be able to improve on what she’s done.

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Elton John’s Soundtrack to Half a Century

– June 12, 2019

It’s a rare artist who elicits the kind of widespread emotional homage that Elton John is receiving right now, hopefully, many years before his career is really over.

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In Money We Trust (Documentary by Steve Forbes)

– June 6, 2019

The origin of money, the history of central banks, the operation and destruction of the gold standard, the rise of inflation and massive government debt, the disastrous bailouts of 2008 – it’s all covered in an outstanding hour-long documentary appearing on PBS stations called In Money We Trust.

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Every House Needs a Nazar Amulet

– March 26, 2019

We need some protection from the evil eye that modern politics is working daily to unleash.

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The Strange Economics of Mechanical-Clock Repair

– March 4, 2019

You are not in it for the money? That might be the source of the problem. 

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The Veneer of Civilization Slipped Away

– February 22, 2019

Every idealist hopes that humankind can learn from history. There is plenty of evidence that we do not.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Shows That Artists Should Care About Audiences

– November 16, 2018

The wonderful movie based on the life of Freddie Mercury and his band makes a great case that commerce can be and is the friend to art. It has always been so, but we are only now fully coming to terms with what this implies for the artistic endeavor generally.

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Incredibles 2 and the Power of Envy

– November 10, 2018

The Incredibles must discover the fortitude to push through and say no to those who want to bury talent in a thicket of mediocracy.

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The Economics of Dracula

– October 31, 2018

Vlad the Impaler and his literary incarnation — Count Dracula — have real historical roots in a dark period of economic nationalism.

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Three Solid Movies on the 2008 Crisis

– September 19, 2018

The most well-known of the movies on the 2008 financial crisis is also the weakest. On the other hand, there are two wonderful films about it that deal with both the difficult times for traders and the underlying causes.

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Taylor Swift: Heroine for Property Rights

– July 18, 2018

Swift has used her celebrity and art to stand up to bullies, whether they be corporations or colleagues in the music industry. She’s also singing her way to the bank.

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