Topic: Books

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


Marcus Aurelius on Snowplows, Sports, and Freedom

– December 21, 2023

“Our freedom depends on voluntary human cooperation. The Stoics offer practical wisdom for promoting freedom by helping you remove your internal barriers to cooperating with others.” ~Barry Brownstein


The Coming Crack-Up of the Left: Yascha Mounk’s ‘The Identity Trap: A Story of Power and Ideas in Our Time’

– December 15, 2023

“The threat to the identity synthesis, and the main targets of its proponents, are the old-fashioned liberals, whether they fall on the right or the left of the political spectrum.” ~James E. Hartley


Untold Story: One Man’s Battle Against Nazi Ideology

– December 6, 2023

On this episode of Liberty Curious, Kate Wand and Samuel Gregg discuss the life and ideas of Wilhelm Röpke, an economics professor who was exiled from Germany in the 1930s for defending liberty and opposing the National Socialists.


Johan Norberg’s The Capitalist Manifesto: A Review

– November 24, 2023

“What matters for the capitalist story to flourish is that its effect on the world continues to be positive, not whether market actors believe it while embodying its principles.” ~Joakim Book


‘The Psychology of Money’ Isn’t About Psychology or Money

– November 18, 2023

“Ultimately, Housel’s book achieves its goal of conveying the richness of factors that influence financial decisions, but it blithely ignores economic principles that are the foundation of its subject.” ~Byron Carson


Why Adam Smith Would Have Been a Baseball Fan 

– November 12, 2023

“A player who fails with the bat two out of three times becomes a superstar. Likewise, a market economy also creates the possibility of failure.” ~Paul McDonnold


Can We Pass Adam Smith’s Finger Test?  

– November 11, 2023

“We have allowed our institutions to be hijacked by illiberal authoritarians posing as humanists. Should it surprise us that morality is in short supply?” ~Barry Brownstein


Liberty Curious The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights

– November 2, 2023

“The New Deal Welfare state is among the tools that are used, at other times, to control people and to limit their speech.” ~David T. Beito