Topic: Economic History

Locked Down: What Do We Really Need Collective Action For?

– August 30, 2023

“Locke’s view, reflected in our Founding documents, is that preserving our freedoms requires one type of collective action: the preservation of our rights. No more. Actions beyond that benefit some at the expense of others.” ~ Gary M. Galles


What Is the New Deal with the New Deal?

– August 29, 2023

“The tide of historiographical battle may finally turn and with it many old canards about the culpability of the gold standard, stock shorting, greed, and so forth in the downturn.” ~ Robert E. Wright


In the Land of the Free, Americans are Still Fighting for the Freedom to Pump Gas

– August 21, 2023

“The claim that pumping fuel is some kind of safety hazard is of course even sillier today than it was in 1949.” ~ Jon Miltimore


Adam Smith Provided a Moral Foundation for Workers’ Freedoms

– August 20, 2023

“The moral proposition is that it is good for individuals to be free to work and contract as they choose. The economic proposition is that such freedom generates spectacular wealth.” ~ David McGarry


Where Did Early 20th Century Japan Go Wrong?

– August 15, 2023

“Japan embraced economic liberalization for some time, but lacked the necessary liberal political institutions that could sustain an open economy and temper overseas aggression.” ~ Jedediah Pida-Reese


Critical Theory and The Frankfurt School: The Neo-Marxist Roots of WOKE

– August 7, 2023

Kate Wand invites Phil Magness to discuss the origins of critical theory, which is a neo-Marxist school of thought born in the Frankfurt School in 1923.


Individualism and ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

– August 5, 2023

“Collectivist ideologies are ultimately nothing but fantastical escapes from reality, filled with promises of freedom from scarcity and alienation in one’s work.” ~ Jedediah Pida-Reese


The Surprising Beneficiaries of American Slavery

– July 14, 2023

“The late economist Walter E. Williams said that slavery was the worst thing ever to happen to his ancestors, but the best thing ever to happen to him.” ~ Charley Hooper and David R. Henderson


A Brief History of Social Justice

– July 13, 2023

“The underlying problem with social justice is the failure to distinguish between negative rights, which protect liberty and property, and positive rights, which provide a license to violate established negative rights.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan


Imperial Monetary Policy and the Independence Movement

– July 3, 2023

“The road to independence, the Imperial Crisis as some term it, began with resistance to the Stamp Act, which indeed was a type of tax but not, on its face, a particularly onerous one. So the key to understanding the independence movement is to understand why the colonists reacted to the Stamp Act as vigorously as they did.” ~ Robert E. Wright


Announcing New Deal Rebels, edited by Amity Shlaes

– June 18, 2023

“Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ administration had a transformative impact on American society and the understanding of the government’s role in it. AIER was similarly founded during the same era and in response to that changing nature of government. ” ~ William Ruger


The Collapse of the USSR Was One the Best Things that Happened to the Environment

– June 14, 2023

“These proportions suggest that the collapse of the USSR was an incredibly cheap climate-change mitigation ‘policy.’ Indeed, the mitigation was itself a benefit to economic growth rather than a cost.” ~ Vincent Geloso