Topic: Art and Culture

$9 Reading Glasses, $16 Sunscreen, and the Genius of Economic Growth

– July 28, 2021

“‘Green’ is generally expensive. That’s ok, but we generally will only swallow big expenses like $16 sunscreen if we feel we have the means to swallow these expenses. In short, ‘green’ living and energy are most likely to thrive in a real market if and when Americans have the means to pay more for what’s ‘cleaner.'” ~ John Tamny


What About “Whataboutism?”

– July 26, 2021

“When the cry of ‘Well… what about X?’ arises in argumentation, it is a good time to step back and evaluate the claim through the eyes of others. It may be that the claim holds no merit. Alternatively, it may open our eyes to bigger problems that we’ve failed to notice.” ~ Anthony Gill


10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Call Leftists “Liberal”

– July 24, 2021

“If we are to stand up for liberal civilization, we must first appreciate the great arc of liberalism—that is, the development of liberalism, beginning, say, with the printing press in the fifteenth century and its subsequent ups and downs, and across liberal civilization, not just the American scene.” ~ Daniel B. Klein


A Different Perspective on Cancel Culture

– July 23, 2021

“Cancel culture may be such a controversial phrase that cannot be salvaged, but the idea that we should ostracize those who unjustly challenge the public order is necessary for a civil society.” ~ David Crego


The “Honest History” Fraud

– July 20, 2021

“The best lesson young Americans could receive from studying history is a radical skepticism of officialdom and all its hokum. Virtue signaling is no substitute for learning how to defend one’s rights and liberties.” ~ James Bovard


A Conversation On Adam Smith, Harry Potter, and the Theory of Moral Sentiments

– July 18, 2021

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan Yang sits down with AIER Visiting Scholar Dr. Caroline Breashears to talk about her extensive research into the ideas of the great economist, Adam Smith.” ~ AIER


Dandy Horses, Memes, and Private Security

– July 17, 2021

“Some policy memes, like some of the political cartoons of old, constitute powerful ways of spreading important policy points in pithy, thoughtful ways. Many, though, are the weak tea products of minds ignorant of even the most basic tenets of business, economic, and policy history.” ~ Robert E. Wright


A Conversation On Fear, Altruism, and Freedom

– July 15, 2021

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan sits down with AIER’s Design Technologist and Interim Editorial Director, Lou Eastman, to discuss the ideas in his latest article ‘On the Tyranny of Freedom.’ Lou’s article explores the psychological forces that led to the drastic curtailing of our liberty in the age of Covid-19.” ~ AIER


The High Price of Popcorn

– July 15, 2021

“The next time you reach for a handful of buttery popped corn, give a stomping cheer for the entrepreneurial creativity of the theater owner who made it possible for a wide variety of people to enjoy a summer blockbuster.” ~ Anthony Gill


Debunking The 1619 Project

– July 14, 2021

“With their 1619 Project, the New York Times has weighed in to rewrite American history by deconstructing institutions responsible for our prosperity and our success: free-market capitalism and the United States Constitution. To learn what is true, listen in to Bill Walton’s conversation with Phil Magness who devastatingly debunks these claims.” ~ AIER


Campusland: A Delightful Book Delivers

– July 7, 2021

“In Rules for Radicals, Saul D. Alinsky’s handbook for left-wing activists, Alinsky gives thirteen rules for community organizers. Rule number four is ‘Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.’ That rule is relevant for fighting wokeness on campus. And Scott Johnston, author of Campusland, a novel published in 2019, understands that.” ~ David R. Henderson


The Will to Power and the Specter of Hubris

– July 6, 2021

“Every intellectual and moral superior, from the Catholic Church half a millennium ago to the New York Times army of woke, preferred-pronoun-revealing editorial writers have thought themselves arrived at the final state of affairs. If you dare deviate, if you dare question the intellectually supreme class, if you dare utter those revealing words (‘hang on a minute…’), you deserve every ill that comes your way.” ~ Joakim Book