thestate

Name the State

– April 4, 2019

The bitter truth about most public policies being sold by the political class is that they give them more power to control our lives. If you favor some of these policies, be honest with the rest of us about what you mean, so that we can make more clear-headed judgments about the kind of society we want to live in.

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bunnyslippers

Maybe Bosses Do Wear Bunny Slippers

– April 3, 2019

There are some clear advantages to the gig economy, for both workers who have specialized skills and for companies trying to remain small and nimble.

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sweden

Capitalism Saved Sweden

– March 21, 2019

If you think Sweden is socialist, then you know something that just ain’t so.

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diversity

Clarity on Diversity and Pluralism

– March 19, 2019

Diversity, inclusion, participatory democracy, pluralism, and peace dictated and determined by ideological tyrants and power-lusting interest groups using political means to achieve their ends through governmental force and collectivist intimidation undermines and then destroys the alternative and far-better world of peaceful persuasion or attractive offers in the voluntary arena of market exchange.

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predator

The State Is Not a Transcendental Being

– March 18, 2019

Much of what the state does truly is predatory.

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goldmoney

The Production of Money Isn’t (Necessarily) the Production of Wealth

– March 18, 2019

The creation of money doesn’t create wealth, unless money itself is wealth — as it was when it was gold and silver. The sooner we learn this lesson, the sooner we’ll be able to revive real, robust, and sustainable wealth creation.

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manonmoon

If We Put a Man on the Moon, We Can Surely…

– March 11, 2019

We can admire the engineering prowess that enabled NASA to land men on the moon and return them safely to earth. But even if politicians (contrary to fact) were apolitical stewards of the public welfare, governing society is not an engineering task. It follows that NASA’s remarkable achievement emphatically does not imply that we should look to government to solve our problems.

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incinerator

Your Recycling Might Be Poisoning Poor Communities

– March 3, 2019

China no longer wants your leftover pizza box. Nor your empty 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew. They are being burned in the US instead. 

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aggregatesupply

The Myth of Aggregate Demand and Supply

– February 27, 2019

In the simplistic Keynesian-type view of things, all that needs to be done from the government’s policy perspective is to run budget deficits or create money through the banking system to push up aggregate demand.

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vulcan

How to Turn a Mild Weather Problem Into a Real Emergency

– February 25, 2019

The governor has acted quickly. The governor has acted decisively. The governor has issued a proclamation that will make matters worse.

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What It’s Like to Intern at AIER

– February 22, 2019

AIER offers a unique opportunity to gain professional work experience and produce tangible outcomes in line with your strengths and interests. Furthermore, you join a community of friendly, motivated and inspiring staff, who are more than happy to take time to offer guidance and support.

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prediction

What Does It Mean to Have Predicted an Economic Event?

– February 22, 2019

Seismologists can’t predict earthquakes. Economists can predict financial meltdowns? Please.

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