James M. Buchanan: A Centenary Appreciation

– September 26, 2019

Born on a Tennessee farm 100 years ago on October 3, Buchanan came of age when the ideas of John Maynard Keynes reached their zenith among economists.

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My Life as an Austrian Economist and a Classical Liberal

– September 24, 2019

Economist Richard Ebeling reflects on his life and career, learning from and being colleagues with many of the greats, from Rand to Hayek to Morgenstern to Rothbard.

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Mises’s Human Action After 70 Years

– September 15, 2019

If enough people discover and rediscover the timeless truths in the pages of Human Action, the ideas of Ludwig von Mises may well assist us in stemming the growing tide toward an even larger leviathan state that dangerously looms in front of us.

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Happy Birthday Deirdre McCloskey

– September 11, 2019

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is a one-woman university, a polymath’s polymath in an age of ever-increasing academic specialization. She has done ground-breaking work across several fields, and her academic appointments show it.

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Economics Has Neglected Inequality? Absurdly Untrue

– September 4, 2019

In fact, inequality studies have been a mainstay of the discipline since at least 1948.

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The Courage to Be Utopian

– August 22, 2019

Liberalism says YES, and the cosmopolitan liberal order turns strangers into friends and enemies into partners.

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Economics Science Had Late-Scholastic Origins (Podcast)

– August 18, 2019

Economics as a science began to take shape in the late Middle Ages as theologians began to come to terms with laws operating within the material world to enhance human well being. 

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The Anti-Capitalist Ideology of Slavery

– August 16, 2019

The anti-capitalist ideology of southern slaveholders presents a conundrum for historians who erroneously equate the plantation economy with the free market.

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The Life and Times of Bagehot, the Greatest Victorian

– August 15, 2019

Bagehot would certainly not qualify as very libertarian — even though his contemporary raging in favor of free trade, unregulated banking, and minimum government might suggest so.

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The Case for a Coercive Green New Deal?

– August 6, 2019

The founder of The Nation magazine would have completely rejected the Green New Deal as a socialist and illiberal disaster. 

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There Is Only One Adam Smith

– August 2, 2019

Smith demonstrated that if you really want to help other people, especially poor people, you need to support the growth of commercial society all over the globe.  

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Milton Friedman: A Birthday Appreciation

– July 31, 2019

Milton Friedman was the very model of a careful thinker, a first-rate scholar, and a clear communicator. He left an intellectual and institutional legacy that will be often imitated but likely never equaled. Our world is better because he was with us.

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