Topic: Books

Who is the Greatest Economist of All Time?

– February 28, 2024

“No matter what your specialization, whether in economics or in any other field, Cowen has written a book which is trying to convince you to break out of your specialization and rediscover the broader world of ideas.” ~James Hartley


Hayek and the End of Truth 

– February 27, 2024

“The underlying purpose of linguistic sabotage, logical incoherence aside, is to justify the power of a few. The actual meaning of an oxymoron like collective freedom, Hayek said, ‘is not the freedom of the members of society but the unlimited freedom of the planner to do with society what he pleases.'” ~Juliana Geran Pilon


America’s DEI Commissars Threaten Freedom

– February 22, 2024

“Today, people are told they are victims or victimizers. Victims expect the government to remedy their grievances… The pursuit of social justice would undermine equal treatment under the law.” ~Barry Brownstein


Emergent Order in Inner Space

– February 20, 2024

“In other words, the hand is invisible not because it is deftly hiding in the shadows, but because it isn’t there at all.” ~Paul Schwennesen


Create Wealth Without Making Anything

– February 5, 2024

“Sellers at vintage markets and flea malls are creating value every bit as much as their friends and neighbors working in the coal mines or in the mills. They’re transforming lower-value assets to higher-value uses.” ~Art Carden


Review: Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative

– January 11, 2024

“Friedman wasn’t a contrarian, but a firm believer in following the facts wherever they led. This ‘positive economics’ approach would underpin his later contributions for which he was most known.” ~Michael N. Peterson


Remembering James Gwartney, 1940-2024

– January 10, 2024

Gwartney will be remembered as a master economic educator and founder of the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, which is published by Canada’s Fraser Institute.


You Can’t Find Your Innocence By Hating Others

– January 7, 2024

“The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomization, for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated individuals are, the more consolidated the State becomes.” ~Barry Brownstein


Jimmy Buffett and the Bourgeois Virtues

– January 3, 2024

“I often find myself lost in the cosmos, as a professor who actually wants to teach, while the thundering herds of unprepared students and compliant administrators have given up on education.” ~Nikolai G. Wenzel


On Monetary Premia

– December 31, 2023

“One day we might look back at our cottage industry of diversified funds, tax-favored retirement accounts, capital gains taxes, clever accountants, hedge fund managers, Fed watchers, and army of central bank economists as positively medieval.” ~Joakim Book


The Economic Organization of a Military Training Scenario

– December 30, 2023

“Nobody ever planned MRE cheese spread as the preferred medium of exchange between military service members. Cheese spontaneously emerged, again and again, in a process of competition between goods.” ~Emile Phaneuf III


“Strange, Isn’t It?” Adam Smith and the Angel Clarence

– December 24, 2023

“Adam Smith showed my students that they are constantly influenced for the better by the work of countless thousands of others whom they will never know.” ~Jeff Ziegler