middlemen

The Middleman Serves an Essential Economic Function

– September 3, 2019

Because in our modern economy every one of us purchases from others nearly everything we use, our economy is a vast complex of middlemen.

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vintagewatch

If You Don’t Understand It, Don’t Mess with It

– September 2, 2019

It is precisely those who (plausibly) preach prudence in manipulating the natural world who are most cavalier about smashing and rebuilding social institutions.

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newspaperboy

What Economic News Can You Trust?

– September 2, 2019

In the advertising-driven market of Internet news, the incentives of mainstream media to say what is true are misaligned. 

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Luce Brings Light to the Age of Anxiety

– September 1, 2019

The film Luce is beautiful, haunting, and profound precisely because it doesn’t take the easy path. It doesn’t disguise the underlying truth that our endless search for saints to canonize and witches to burn is nothing but a cover for our failure to deal with the much less dramatic troubles in our own lives. 

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carnegiehall

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

– August 29, 2019

The strangers at Uber cared for my loved ones by making it easier for me to get to and from the studio safely — and markets made it possible for them to do it without explicitly intending to do so.

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blameeconomist

Blame the Economists?

– August 25, 2019

It is not a matter of replacing economist A with economist B; it is a matter of rethinking what economists should do.

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operation

A Broken Economy Is Not Like a Sick Body

– August 25, 2019

Despite first appearances, the differences separating the human body and medical intervention from the economy and economic intervention are many.

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The Pursuit - Capitalism

The Film Capitalism Needs Right Now

– August 24, 2019

Something tells me that if we are ever going to regain the footing in public culture, the Brooks path might be the one to make it happen.

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warehouseman

No, the Business Roundtable Did Not Repudiate Capitalism

– August 22, 2019

The Business Roundtable is merely rediscovering what proponents of a free market system have known for a long time.

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whocares

The Best Lack Conviction; The Worst Have Passionate Intensity

– August 20, 2019

Human beings have contradictory impulses. On the one hand, we want to be “free”; on the other, we want to be led, and by a powerful and charismatic leader.

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popefrancis

An Answer to the Pope, a Leader of Libertarianism’s Critics

– August 18, 2019

Pope Francis has been consistently against capitalism and not just capitalism; his target since at least 2014 has been the whole system of human liberty insofar as it impacts commercial life.

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writingletter

An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

– August 17, 2019

I don’t want a fighter in the Oval Office, I want a thinker.

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